Use Date Or Time With Modifier Rules To Set A Dynamic PIN – Smart Phone Lock

Locking our phone with a 4 digit PIN, or with a pattern is a common way to keep our device secure but to be fair, it doesn't take a lot of stealth to stand next to someone when they unlock their phone and guess what pattern or PIN they use. Smart Phone Lock is an Android app that locks your phone behind the same 4 digit PIN but it makes it much harder for anyone to guess what your PIN is because the app will change it every time. Obviously this sounds ridiculous because if the app is changing the PIN, how are you going to know what it is? Smart Phone Lock has two types of PINS that can be set; a Date PIN and a Time PIN. These PINs, as you can guess, change according to the current date and time. If you set a date PIN, it will change daily, and if you set a time PIN, it will change every minute. If you still think this isn't secure, the app comes with two modifiers that change the value of the PIN making it all the harder to guess. Read More

Spin Reimagines The iPhone Lock Screen Music Controls

Tweaks that let users customize the iOS lock screen are abundant in the Cydia store, but Spin is the kind of release that just refuses to get lost in the crowd. With Spin, you get a complete revamp of the  lock screen music view. Instead of a square containing the album art of the current song, Spin displays a radial frame in the middle of the lock screen. The current status of the track is depicted by a knob around the border of the album art. Spin doesn’t stop at just changing the album art; it also affects the playback controls and the overall layout of the lock screen, including the status bar clock and the wallpaper. Read More

AcDisplay Brings Moto X’s Active Display To Any Android 4.4+ Device

Despite not boating the same specs as the other flagships of its generation like the HTC One and Galaxy S4, the Moto X is quite a remarkable device, and perhaps Motorola’s most critically acclaimed smartphone to date. Besides offering customization options for the phone itself, Moto X comes with some nifty software features too, that set it apart from the rest. One such feature is Active Display that lets you view the time and your latest notifications even when the screen is off, without having to go to the phone’s lock screen. The feature draws little battery power, thanks to the device’s AMOLED screen. If you want the utility of the same feature without actually having to get a Motorola device, XDA Recognized Developer AChep has the solution for you in AcDisplay, as long as you’re running KitKat. Read on for details. Read More

SlideLock Is An iOS 7-Inspired Android Lock Screen App With Support For Pebble Notifications

We have covered a truckload of Android lock screen apps for our readers in the past. Back in December, we reviewed Dodol Locker, which features a diverse range of themes to give the lock screen a quick makeover. Then there's Cover, a unique solution that determines the apps you use during certain times of the day and automatically provides quick access to them from the lock screen. We've also featured quite a few replacements that clone the lock screens of other platforms, such as Ubuntu Touch Lockscreen and Espier Screen Locker iOS7. SlideLock seems to take inspiration from the iOS 7 lock screen as well, but unlike Espier's apps, it isn't a complete clone. It borrows core features from the iOS 7 lock screen - simple design, quick access to notifications and the camera app - and adds a couple of its own to improve the overall experience. Details to follow. Read More

Snapdragon Glance Is A Usage-Aware Android Lock Screen Replacement From Qualcomm

Android is unrivaled in customization. Forget ROMs and launchers, the lock screen alone can be customized with the likes of Cover and ported Galaxy S4 or Note 3 lock screens. In that vein, another lock screen utility might not seem ground breaking. However, the source makes a difference. After last year's Snapdragon Battery Guru, Qualcomm's Xiam have come out this year with Snapdragon Glance, a free, intelligent lock screen replacement for Snapdragon-powered devices that gives you instant access to notifications, essential info and the apps you use the most. Read More

How To Set Your Own ‘Auto-Lock’ & ‘Require Passcode’ Time In iOS

Generally speaking, there is an inverse relationship between security and convenience. In most cases, higher security comes at the cost of convenience. Two-factor authentication on services like Gmail, Twitter, and Facebook requires you to enter two codes to get access to your own account - higher security at the cost of decreased convenience. Lock screen passcodes on smartphones can range from simple 4-digit codes to long alphanumeric passwords; in any case, you're adding an extra step to accessing your own device. A better balance between the two aforementioned properties, but still far from perfect. iOS comes with two useful settings to reduce the time or steps required to get to the home screen: 'Auto-Lock', and 'Require Passcode'. Apple has included 4-5 predefined options for these in Settings > General, but if you want to have full control over them, you're out of luck... unless you have jailbroken your iOS device. 'insanj' has come up with two tweaks - LongerAutoLock and PassTime - which allow you to set a custom time for Auto Lock and Require Passcode options, respectively. Read More

JellyLock7 Is A Customizable Android-Inspired Lock Screen For iOS 7

Originality certainly has its merits, but if an idea is already good enough, you merely have to tinker with it to get perfection. The previously covered JellyLock tweak garnered a lot of praise and popularity when it was first released last year, for both its features and looks. A year on, almost everything about the looks of iOS has changed, and so it makes sense for JellyLock to have an updated version to match the new flat UI as well. JellyLock7 is quite similar to its predecessor if you only consider basic traits, but there are some finer points that make the new tweak a huge improvement over JellyLock. You can now see icon badges on the shortcut ring, there are more customization options, and of course, everything looks more in tune with the flat iOS 7 UI. Read More

AppBox Is A New Platform For iOS 7 Lock Screen App Shortcuts & Widgets

Lock screen launchers for iOS have become quite common among the jailbreak community in the past year or so. Tweaks like BuddyLock and AnyLock are just two of the many examples of releases that allow iOS users to make the most of their lock screen. While lock screen launchers have a certain usefulness of their own, some might argue that if a launcher is too feature-rich, it ends up killing the whole purpose of the lock screen. AppBox is an upcoming Cydia tweak that might have finally struck just the right balance between being simple and useful. It allows you to place a handful of app shortcuts on the iPhone lock screen, but that’s not where it stops. The tweak is a platform for third-party lock screen app-specific widgets, which can be used to perform a lot of actions without unlocking your device. With AppBox, it becomes possible to compose texts, post to Facebook, create notes, and do much more. The possibilities are virtually limitless, since other developers can come up with AppBox plugins for different apps. Read More

Use Swipes To Launch Apps From The iOS 7 Lock Screen With Swipey

The iOS 7 lock screen has already inspired Android launchers and tweaks for older iDevices, but now some Cydia releases have started making changes to the lock screen itself. After installing Swipey, you won’t see any visible change to the lock screen, but a very useful new functionality is added there nonetheless. Swipey is an app launcher of sorts, and although it doesn’t add a list of app shortcuts anywhere, you can still use it to quickly launch frequently used apps right from the lock screen. The tweak allows its users to add up to 6 apps to the lock screen in the form of stowed away cards. Just swipe multiple times across the lock screen until you get to your favorite app and as soon as you let the card go, the said app will launch straight away. This way, the launcher does not take up any space at all but can still come in handy on short notice. Read More

Desktop VLocker Is A Portable, Password-Protected Lock Screen For Windows

If your computer is placed in an area where other people may have easy access to it while it’s up and running, then you should consider setting up a password to lock it down when you’re not around. Fortunately, Windows allows you to easily lock your screen to prevent unauthorized access by using a username and password, but if it's a shared computer without a password-protected account configured for you, other users of the computer can easily unlock it. If you are looking for a third-party tool for the purpose, try Desktop VLocker. It’s a portable app that lets you quickly lock your screen on the go with a password of your choice that doesn't have to be the password of that computer, by simply placing the app on your USB flash drive. It’s user-friendly, lightweight and sports a decent UI, and also offers you a way to customize the lock screen background. Read More

Access Favorite Apps From Android Lockscreen With Swipe Panel For GO Locker

GO Locker is a fairly popular Android lock screen replacement app that lets you apply different themes and layouts on your lock screen. The app supports a variety of different customization features such as unlock methods, widgets as well as plugins. Swipe Panel is a new GO Locker plugin that’s been recently made available at Play Store, and allows you to swipe a vertical panel out from the edge of the GO Locker in order to launch the apps you want. You can easily resize this panel, put custom apps in it as well as control its visual parameters. Details after the jump. Read More

Get Samsung Galaxy S4 & Note 3 Lock Screen On Your Android Phone

Galaxy S4 is a fantastic device and by far the best phone Samsung has ever produced. The same can be said about the Galaxy Note 3, another high-end flagship from the South Korean electronics maker that's quite similar in specs to the S4 but larger in size. Both devices are simply amazing and ship with the latest Touchwiz UI, a skinned Android version that contains a custom Lens Flare lock screen, among other great features. Last month, we reviewed the ported version of the original Galaxy S4 TouchWiz 5 launcher that works on all devices running Android 4.1 or later and today, we bring you the Galaxy S4 Lockscreen. The app is heavily inspired from the default lock screen of TouchWiz 5, and has been made shared with us by XDA-Developers Senior member -Aatif- . The app retains all the typical features found in Galaxy S4's lock screen, as well as a few additional customization options. Read on for more details. Read More

Espier Brings iOS 7 Home & Lock Screen To Android

Espier Studios have been in the business of developing iOS-mimicking apps for Android for quite some time now, and have become famous for providing the closest and most accurate iOS experience compared to other such attempts made for the platform. We have already covered a handful of app from Espier Studios, including Espier Launcher, Espier Notifications and Espier Screen Locker. Now that iOS 7 is official, the developers at Espier bring to you Espier Launcher iOS7 - the best iOS 7 Springboard clone out there on the Play Store right now. Couple it up with the equally accurate Espier Screen Locker iOS7, and you have a near-perfect iOS UI right on your Android device. For screenshots and more information on the functionality offered, read on after the jump! Read More

Set Your iPhone’s Screen To Dim Without Locking When Not In Use

The most common reason behind the notion of keeping your phone’s screen locked whenever it is not in use stems from the need to keep the device secure, but in recent times, another factor that has started weighing in is battery conservation. In a smartphone, the display utilizes a significant portion of the battery, so it is always a good thing to keep the display turned off when not in use. On an iPhone, you can set an auto-lock time period, but if that duration is too little, you will have to repeatedly unlock your device, which gets even more tedious if you are using a passcode lock. However, there are certain tweaks like BrightslideLSBrightSlider and SBSettings that can be used to manually dim the display with ease. AutoDimWithoutLock is another Cydia tweak that takes a somewhat novel approach to this issue by letting the users choose the exact time after which the screen is dimmed, and that time is kept separate from the auto lock duration. Read More

Lock Manager Adds Info-Rich Widgets To The Windows Phone Lock Screen

Lock Widgets for WP8, and LW2 before it have managed to demonstrate that a Windows Phone’s lock screen has the potential of housing a lot of useful stats and information related to the device. Thanks to these widgets, users get to view the remaining battery percentage, weather information and some other useful tidbits without even unlocking their phone. Lock Manager is a new WP8 app that might not appear too different from Lock Widgets at first glance, but it offers way more customization, and the widgets it features are pretty decent as well. With Lock Manager, the displayed information isn't limited to just system stats and weather, and you also get to view your pending reminders and upcoming appointments from the calendar. As the background for this data, Lock Manager allows users to set up slideshows or load the Bing Daily wallpaper. Read More

XPasscode Replaces iPhone Passcode With Themeable Patterns & Input Methods

If there is one area of iOS that can start getting a bit boring after some time, it’s the lock screen. Maybe that’s why the Cydia store has so many themes and tweaks aimed at keeping things spiced up even before your device is unlocked. Recently, we posted a list of top Cydia tweaks to make the iPhone lock screen better, and the newly unveiled XPasscode is as good as most of the tweaks that made it into that compilation. Some might say that it is nothing more than a novelty tweak, but it does more than just giving your iPhone some extra oomph. Much like the popular tweak Piano Passcode and the previously covered Control Unlocker, XPasscode replaces the usual passcode keypad with different interesting items. For now, the tweak has only four themes, but the developer seems to have made it really easy for others to build themes that are compatible with XPasscode, so it is sure to get even more awesome with the passage of time. Read More

CodeScrambler Makes Your iPhone Passcode Harder To Guess By Randomizing Keypad Digit Positions

Does anyone here watch the excellent "Sherlock" TV series – a modern take on Arthur C. Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective novels? If you do, and have seen a certain episode, you will remember that the titular character was able to guess part of a PIN code by observing the fingerprints on the buttons. This is the main reason why we suggest avoiding pattern locks on Android, and recommend iOS users to opt for a strong alphanumeric password. However, entering a lengthy alphanumeric password so many times each day just isn't convenient, so what do we do about it? What we want is the enhanced security of an alphanumeric password, with the relatively quick input of a 4-digit passcode. The solution lies with a new tweak for iOS called 'CodeScrambler'. Read More

Lockscreen Free For Android Offers A Unique Combination Of Pattern Unlock & Quick App Launching

One of the best things about Android is how customizable the OS is. You can change nearly every aspect of the interface by merely installing apps, and this includes the lock screen. We have previously covered many lock screen customization tools and apps with you and today, LockScreen Free joins the club. Rather than merely providing you with a way to unlock your device, this lock screen replacement app aims to save you time and add more security to your unlocking experience by utilizing app icons for a lock screen grid, and adding a twist to pattern-based unlocking and quick app launching. Read on for details. Read More

Get Moto X-Style Active Display Lock Screen Notifications On Any Android 4.0+ Device

Just a few weeks back, Motorola revealed its Moto X phone that's the manufacturer's first device developed entirely since its acquisition by Google.  Apart from its much-hyped customizable body, the phone comes with some nifty software features of its own as well, one of which is Active Display that shows notifications on the phone's screen while it is locked. These notifications are shown in white in a minimal manner over s black background in order to save battery life on the Moto X's AMOLED display. Users can then unlock their device directly to the notification's pertaining app or activity, or dismiss it altogether if it's not important. XDA-Developers forum member nico001 wanted this feature but didn't want to get a new device for it, so he decided to develop it himself, and the result is ActiveNotifications. This free app brings this feature to any device running Android 4 or later. Read on for more details. Read More

10 Best Cydia Tweaks For The iPhone Lock Screen

The most common reason people jailbreak their iDevices is to modify the way iOS looks by default. Apart from themes, the Cydia store has everything from widgets to tweaks that can make your iPhone completely different from that of a friend. It’s not just about theming though, as a lot of tweaks make using iOS a much smoother experience than it originally is. Anyone who has jailbroken their device is sure to have noticed that no area of iOS is out of the reach of developers over at Cydia store. SpringBoard, stock apps, third-party apps, lock screen and Notification Center can all be totally revamped, thanks to the amazing collection of Cydia tweaks available. While all these areas of the OS are important, there is just no getting around the lock screen of your iPhone, since it is the first thing that shows up every time you switch on your device, or wake it up. So, here are some of the best tweaks that can make the iPhone’s lock screen more useful and gorgeous, without requiring much effort on the user’s part. Read More