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HTC releases standalone lock screen app

News by Luke Jones on Friday September 12, 2014.

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HTC said that it would be delivering more of its Sense software to the general Android market, moving some of its services away from being an all-in-one software. The company started the HTC Creative Labs team to focus on repacking certain software from the brand's UI so that it could be downloaded in app form on the Google Play Store. The Zoe camera app was the first example of that, but this release is something different.

HTC has recently began forking its Sense software, creating individual apps from services within the software, putting it on Google Play and allowing HTC users to download the services separately. The upside of this is that users will now get independent updates and fixes for each piece of software as opposed to waiting for a system wide release. We have already seen apps for the Sense keyboard and clock, and the lock screen is the latest to join the list.

This is more of a new skin for your lock screen than it is an app and simply does what it says on the tin, replaces your current lock screen for the one found on HTC handsets if they run the whole Sense package. If however you have been toting a rival brand but like some of the admittedly slick Sense software features, you will have to wait for the next Creative Labs instalment.

HTC has included one single change to the Google Play version compared to the standard home-grown Sense version. There is a "mechanism to prevent you from unintentionally triggering factory reset."

After installing this software you will need to reboot your device for the app to come into effect. Just to reiterate, this is not a feature available for non-HTC smartphones and is instead for those running the Taiwanese company's higher end devices.

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