Tag Archive: lock


Lock screen customization is dead

From start to finish, this kind of theming was a complete mess.

If you don’t like a launcher on Android, you get a new one. Hate your keyboard? Use a third-party keyboard. After all, Android is all about choice, and customization is an essential part of the Android experience… but lock screen customization is bad. Third-party lock screen customization is especially bad. There was a very, very brief moment in history when it was less bad, but  [Read More…]

You can now ask the Google Assistant to lock your Schlage Sense deadbolt

As promised back at CES 2018, Schlage has added Google Assistant compatibility to its Sense smart deadbolt. The feature went live this week.

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How to add a Trusted Place to Android Smart Lock

Consider how many times you want to check your phone at home. Depending on what sort of lock screen security you’re using, it can be a real nuisance to unlock just to check messages. Speed things up by adding a trusted place to your device.

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Lock your door from your phone with the $100 August 2nd-gen smart lock

The door should be the smartest part of your home.

The 2nd gen August Smart Lock is down to $ 99.99 on Amazon. This is a match of Best Buy’s daily deal, bringing it back down to the lowest price we’ve seen on the popular smart lock.

The third generation August Smart Lock is more than $ 200 right now, and even when it goes on sale doesn’t drop below $ 180. You’re still getting plenty of  [Read More…]

Amazon is getting rid of lock screen ads from its Prime Exclusive phones

Current Prime Exclusive phones will receive an update that removes lock screen ads.

Amazon offers exciting discounts on a variety of phones via its Prime Exclusive program in exchange for lock screen ads, but that’s changing. Starting tomorrow, February 7, Prime Exclusive phones will no longer feature ads, and Amazon has mentioned that it will roll out a software update for current phones that will get rid of the ads.

Amazon stated that the move was  [Read More…]

5 of the best Android lock screen replacement apps

The Android lock screen has come a long way since Android began and the experience differs vastly between devices. One of the best features of Android is the ability to customize almost every element, one of which is the lock screen. There are, therefore, a number of lock screen apps that can be used to […]

HTC Edge Launcher can now be triggered from the lock screen

HTC’s making your squeezes more productive.

After launching Edge Sense on the U11, HTC followed this up with Edge Launcher on the U11+. Edge Launcher allows you to squeeze the sides of your U11 handset to get a calendar and array of apps, contacts, and quick settings right at your fingertips, and it’s a nice alternative to squeezing your phone for one particular application.

HTC recently updated its Edge Launcher app on the Play Store,  [Read More…]

How to use Smart Lock to unlock your phone automatically

Using Smart Lock is an easy way to mix security with convenience — keep your Android locked unless you want it unlocked.

Introduced with Android 5.0 Lollipop, Smart Lock lets you set things up so that your phone unlocks its screen when certain conditions are met without entering your password or PIN or fingerprint. You’ll find the setting is the Security section of your phone settings, and you begin by tapping it and entering your PIN or  [Read More…]

How to unlock your Chromebook using your Android phone with Smart Lock

While the idea that Android is the key to the future is debatable, it can easily be a key to your Chromebook.

Here is a cool Chromebook feature some of us didn’t know about: you can use the Smart Lock feature on your Android phone to enable Smart Lock on your Chromebook! Once set up, as long as your phone is in Bluetooth range, instead of needing to use your password to unlock your Chromebook you can  [Read More…]

Google retires NFC Smart Lock due to low adoption rate

You’ve probably heard of Smart Lock, but once upon a time there was a feature called NFC Smart Lock. Google integrated it within Android, allowing users to use RFID tags on stickers, from under the skin, and on bank cards to unlock their Android-powered smartphones. It seemed to be a future-proofed idea at the time, […]