One of the most attractive characteristics of Android OS is the fact that it gives users the possibility to customize their experience to great extents, using third party launchers and lock screen applications. Needless to say, there are numerous options to choose from when it comes to personalizing the Android user interface, with countless developers – small and large – continuing to join the trend over the years. As some readers already know, Microsoft is one of the bigger names who have created third party launchers and lock screens for Android OS, and earlier this week the company’s “Next Lock Screen” app received a new update with a hefty changelog.
As the moniker suggests, Microsoft’s Next Lock Screen is a lock screen application for Android OS, and aims to bring a variety of productivity features to the forefront and onto the lock screen. The app was developed by the same creators responsible for the Arrow Launcher as a Microsoft Garage project, and is described as “an excellent productivity locker app and companion for your everyday life”. More to the topic at hand, Microsoft’s Next Lock Screen app received a new update earlier this week, bringing a handful of bug fixes and improvements to the table. According to the changelog, the recent update fixes a couple of bugs related with lock screen wallpapers, which would sometimes fail to show when previewing them in the wallpaper settings menu, and could sometimes cause the wallpaper to revert to the default option. Additionally, the application’s memory usage was reduced by removing unused views, and further improvements to battery life and memory usage were introduced for the Bing wallpaper service. Another bug for dismissing notifications has been fixed, and following the latest update the phone’s screen should no longer light up when receiving new notifications while carrying the device in your pocket.
Existing Next Lock Screen users can update their application from the Google Play Store, where non-users can also download the latest release on smartphones running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean or newer. Click the Play Store banner below for quick access to the app and the full changelog.