Recent studies show that we check our smartphones more than 150 times a day on average. This works out at about six times every hour; or once every 10 minutes. You might rank yourself higher or lower than these dubious numbers (find out with Checky), but what we can say with some certainty is that our smartphones really are playing on our minds a lot.
Unless you've purposely turned it off, your mobile will have a lock screen function which helps to avoid accidental taps and unwanted access to your device. We see that screen many times a day and yet, in most cases, it's used simply as a preventative safety function.
What you might not yet know is that your mobile's lock screen can be used for much more than it's dull but necessary job. A bunch of developers have found some really interesting, alternative uses that might just improve the way you use your mobile. Wanna find out how? Just take at look at these original lock screen replacements for Android!
Locket Lock Screen is one of the most popular, and an award-winning screen locker for Android. The premise is really simple: if we see this screen so many times in a day, why don't we use it to display some useful info? So Locket goes ahead and displays news based on your interests.
First off you've gotta select from a list of topics that interest you (technology, business, games, music). From then on, every time you try to unlock the screen, a recent news article will appear. Then it's decision time; you can read it there and then, share it, mark it as a favorite (so you can read it later and improve the recommendations), start the camera or, obviously, unlock the screen.
It's one of the most efficient ways to get the news on your mobile.
Question: Do you know how much time it takes to slide your finger over the screen, search through all your apps looking for the one you want to open? Answer: More than it should. Cover Lock Screen is a smart screen locker replacement which aims to optimize the time you spend on your smartphone.
Cover brings apps over to your lock screen, in a handy side navigation bar. And there's more. The best bit is that the displayed apps change, depending on the time, location, and frequency of use. For example, Cover will display productivity apps while you're working and exchange them for games when you're at home. Cover continually learns about your app behavior while you're using them too.
LokLok turns your screen locker into a shared blackboard where you can draw, write, attach photos and add stickers. When one of the contacts you've shared the screen locker with unlocks their phone, they'll see anything that's been shared with them and they'll be able to reply.
LokLok can even make groups that can see and edit the same screen locker.
We have seen what Cover has to offer in terms of optimizing our time spent on our smartphones; namely bringing a selection of apps to the lock screen. In similar fashion, SlideLock Locker brings notifications to the locked screen and then lets you answer and handle all the notifications from there.
If we're checking our mobiles too much, it's down to these types of push notifications that we receive constantly. Looking at and managing the notification means having to unlock the phone, open the app, read the notification and interact with it. SlideLock simplifies the whole process so that we don't even have to unlock our mobile.
Being efficient is important, but efficiency and style don't always go hand-in-hand. If you want a screen locker that impresses everyone, Go Locker is one of the most customizable ones out there.
There are hundreds of themes, icons, wallpapers and tools which will let you make the screen locker appear exactly as you'd hoped. It's also got widgets for notifications, weather forecasts and power management (to name a few), so that, as well as having an amazing design, it's still a working screen blocker.