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Twitter Acquires Android Lockscreen App ‘Cover’

The creators of the popular Cover lock screen app for Android have announced that as of April 7, they are now employed by Twitter. Unlike the regular lock screen that displays a limited amount of information (weather, time, etc), Cover provides quick access to actual applications in an intelligent way. Much like other Android apps that affect the Android home screen, Cover collects information regarding which apps you access at what time and then places them on the lock screen.

Twitter Acquires Android Lockscreen App 'Cover'This move obviously suggests that Twitter is at least contemplating how it can integrate into Android devices in a more pronounced way. Cover’s developers, Gordon Luk, Todd Jackson, and Edward Ho, are only handing over Cover and its development team. Therefore, it will be very interesting to see what Twitter does with the acquisition.

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. – Cover

Based upon the information that was provided in the announcement, the possibility for Cover to be changed or removed from the Google Play store is present. However, for the time being, people will still be able to download the application.

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. – Cover

Facebook famously attempted to create its own phone and/or phone OS, with the assumption that people primarily want to check up on their social networks. As we saw with those plans, people are not particularly interested in opening their phone and immediately seeing feeds, so hopefully Twitter doesn’t head down the same road.

Question – What is Twitter planning to do with the acquisition of Cover?

 

Summary: Twitter has acquired Cover, a lock screen application for Android. Cover allows people to access apps quickly but Twitter’s plans for it are still hidden.

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Seth Fitzgerald

Seth has been a journalist for the past five years, covering technology-related topics with a strong personal interest in privacy issues. You can find him on Twitter and Google

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