Users of Microsoft’s Cortana on Android, get ready for even easier access to the personal assistant. According to MSPowerUser, Microsoft has begun beta testing a version of Cortana that allows for access directly from a phone’s lock screen. (more…)
Earlier today, I caught wind of a recently published report from Duo Labs that talked about the state of Android device security and the usage numbers surrounding things like secure lock screens. The report – which of course is from a security company – claims that about 1 in 3 Android users don’t use a secure lock screen, which is a pretty terrible percentage when you consider that their data showed that only 1 in 20 Apple users go without some form of security up front.
Because I’m always curious how numbers like these compare to the crew here at Droid Life, we thought we would straight up ask you guys. Do you use some form of a secure lock screen?
The stock options in Android are PIN, password, pattern, swipe, and none. The poll below doesn’t include fingerprint unlocking, because well, fingerprint unlocking is a secondary add-on to the lock screen you have to set. We’ll probably do another poll tomorrow asking about fingerprint usage.
Edit: We switched to a “Yes” or “No” poll and will let you all specify in the comments how you are unlocking. We did this because the stock secure lock options are PIN, password, pattern, swipe, and none. But some phones, like Samsung phones, actually offer Fingerprint in that area, even though fingerprint is basically an add-on to a secure lock screen. We’ll still probably do another poll tomorrow asking for fingerprint usage. Also, we totaled up the the number of votes we had for specific secure locks and tossed them into the “Yes” vote below. The numbers are accurate, but in case you were wondering where they came from.
So, do you use a secure lock screen?
[DLF], or Droid Life’s Favorites, is a series of articles reviewing our favorite apps in a given category. The goal of these articles isn’t to extensively review every single option out there and determine which is “the best,” but rather to give you a few of our favorite apps in a category. This week we look at Droid Life’s favorite lock screen replacement apps.
Your lock screen is one of the most personal and important parts of your phone. It’s the gateway to your device, often adorned with an image of loved ones or fan art for the new Star Wars movie. But sometimes, the lock screens that come on our phones are annoying to use, limited in features, or just get boring after a while. I tried a ton of different lock screen replacements from Google Play, looking to shake things up, and these three are my favorites. (more…)
HTC began separating apps from its firmware a bit ago, but it’s been a few months since we have seen any continuation of that trend. Today, the company gave the Sense 6 lock screen the decoupling treatment, adding an entry for it to Google Play.
It predictably isn’t compatible for any device that isn’t running Sense 6. For those who own one that is, note that the lock screen requires a reboot after install. (more…)
You have to love an app that gives up all responsibility of content creation to a community of its own users. That is exactly what Lock Screen Beta Club has done, allowing folks the opportunity to create and share their own works of lock screen art. (more…)
Let’s say you go into a meeting that lasts a couple of hours and need to be away from your phone. When you come back, how does your notification situation look? Is it overwhelming? Are there lines for Gmail, Twitter, application updates, and calendar notifications all jumbled together in some random order? Probably, I know my notification area looks like that if I am away from my phone for even 30 minutes.
Since the introduction of Android’s notification bar, the focus has been getting the information you want, when you need it. Up until the release of Android 4.2, the Android lockscreen was unexplored territory as far as getting your notifications and information, but that is quickly changing. Qualcomm Glance, its lockscreen replacement now in open beta, wants to learn from your habits and surroundings to give you information at a glance. (more…)
On last night’s episode of the DL Show, I talked about an app called SlideLock that I had been testing for a day or so as a potential new lock screen replacement. After spending the rest of the evening with it, I can tell you this – it will be the lock screen replacement on my Nexus 5 for now. I’m really enjoying its simplicity, feature set, and notification actions that no longer require a swipe-down of the notification bar. (more…)