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Cover, the Smart Lock Screen, has Joined Twitter

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Cover, the contextually changing lock screen replacement app for Android (our hands-on), announced this morning that they have joined Twitter. We aren’t exactly sure what Twitter can use Cover for, other than to make Twitter more contextually aware, but that’s at least something. Maybe the world needs a contextually aware Twitter? Or maybe Twitter just wants its apps and services to smarter.

After being downloaded a couple of hundred times since its launch in October, it’s safe to say that the app itself was a hit. 

As for the future of Cover, that remains a bit murky. For now, the app will remain on Google Play while the team moves its attention over to working with Twitter. If something changes, well, we’ll let you know.

The team had this to say in a blog post on their site:

It’s been an incredible journey, a journey that we’re excited to announce is taking a turn today as we bring the Cover team to Twitter to take these ideas even further.

Twitter, like Cover, believes in the incredible potential of Android. They share our vision that smartphones can be a lot smarter — more useful and more contextual — and together we’re going to make that happen. We’ll be building upon a lot of what makes Cover great, and we’re thrilled to create something even better at Twitter.

So what does this mean for the Cover app? For now, Cover will remain available in the Play Store while we focus our attention on our work at Twitter. If that changes down the road, we’ll provide another update here.

OK, then.

Via:  Cover
  • gpaine

    Anyone know where I can download the backgrounds from the app to use as a phone background?

  • GigaCode

    R.I.P cover

  • TankerTuff

    I think it’s because cover is an app that works, twitter teamed with them for help to make the twitter app finally work right.

  • Cael

    Twitter is going for Facebook Home…

  • rutgersjaffo

    Been giving Cover a second go round for a week or so now. I like it. It can be a bit laggy now and again though and I have not turned on car mode as it warns you that it may eat substantial battery…

  • http://tsurufoto.com/ Aaron Tsuru

    Hey, just an FYI, some editing issues:

    “Or maybe Twitter just wants its apps and services to smarter.”

    “After being downloaded a couple of hundred times since its launch in October, it’s safe to say that the app itself was a hit.” – don’t think a couple hundred is a hit. ;)

  • ThelmaJTruitt

    We aren’t exactly sure what Twitter can use Cover for, other than to make Twitter more contextually aware, but that’s at least something. Maybe the world needs a contextually aware Twitter? Or maybe Twitter just wants its apps and services to smarter. http://qr.net/stx3

  • Andy Stetson

    Social networked owned lockscreens (Facebook’s, now Cover) and search engine owned homescreens (Yahoo/Aviate), yay! I really hope Smart Launcher doesn’t sell out. I swear, every gesture we do on our phones will put a penny into some company’s pocket.

    -my tinfoil hat is ready.

  • Notaguarantee

    Maybe they are looking to create a facebook home kind of app for twitter?

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I think i get it but not really. I follow the Knicks. If the game is on, maybe they’ll have a peek option to see what all 10 knicks accounts i follow are saying. Just like in cover there will be a sports tab, personal tab, tech tab, or a custom tab. Seems like a google now competitor but for “social” and at a glance updates on the lockscreen. Could be big, i’ll be watching.

    …1+1=2

  • http://www.failuretodream.com/ lostboardmayhem

    Facebook has a lock screen, so isn’t it a rule that Twitter will too?

  • OneForTheGoodDays

    I thought this story was announcing the fact that Cover will start posting on Twitter… and I was like whuuuuuuut… then I was all like, nah, pssshhhhh.

    Then I read the story. The End.

    • Kazahani

      True story.

    • EvanTheGamer

      Exactly my first thoughts when I read the title. Hahah.

      I was like… “Really? That’s news? I mean, it’s news to me that Cover is now on Twitter, but still…that’s not real news. Wow…” lol

      Also: “Slow news day, eh?”

  • needa

    do these lockscreen apps continue to ruin the overall experience of the phone? meaning lag and general buggyness? it has been a year or so since i gave one of these things a shot.

    • Connor O’Meara

      Cover is very smooth. Also it’s very light on the battery.

    • http://robert.aitchison.org raitchison

      Cover is the first lockscreen app I’ve ever liked. It’s pretty good, it originally was very buggy on my tablet but admittedly it wasn’t designed for tablets and I actually had to sideload it so I couldn’t complain there but now even that works pretty well.

      I has not made any noticable impact on battery life (and I’m obsessive about battery life)

  • Rashad

    Tweet to unlock?