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Android lock screen app Cover acquired by Twitter

Details of the deal are still unavailable and Twitter's reasons for the acquisition are also unknown.
By Ananth Baliga   |   April 7, 2014 at 4:37 PM   |   Comments

SAN FRANCISCO, April 7 (UPI) -- Cover, an app thats lets Android users replace the default lock screen on their devices, was acquired Monday by micro-blogging site Twitter.

The app, which was launched six months ago, learns the frequently-used apps for a user and the time of day for their use and puts them on the lock screen for ease of access. The announcement was confirmed by Cover in a blog post; details of the deal aren't available as yet.

"Twitter, like Cover, believes in the incredible potential of Android," the Cover team said. "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 said the app will continue to remain on Google Play, and that the team will focus their attention on their work at Twitter.

It is still unclear why Twitter acquired Cover -- for its talent or to incorporate the app's features into Twitter for Android. But they aren't the first company to acknowledge the importance of the lock screen. Last week at Microsoft's Build conference, the company showed off customizable lock screens on the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system.

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