Twitter Acquires Android Lockscreen App Cover

PHOTO: The logo of the social networking website Twitter is displayed on a computer screen in this Sept. 11, 2013, file photo.Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images
The logo of the social networking website 'Twitter' is displayed on a computer screen in this Sept. 11, 2013, file photo.

Twitter has shifted its attention to Android users by investing in the smartphone app Cover.

Although Twitter has not yet provided details on its acquisition of the app or its future plans for it, the app currently allows individuals to conveniently peek into other apps directly from their lock screen.

Cover’s founders’ blog stated on Monday that 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’re building upon a lot of what makes Cover great, and we’re thrilled to create something even better at Twitter."

According to the Cover team, the app will remain in the Google Play store.

The app includes several customizable features. Its main feature involves utilizing user history to place the user’s most-used apps -- such as Twitter, Instagram or email -- directly on the lock screen. The app also surfaces specific apps such as calendars or maps depending on if a user is at work or in the car by tapping into Wi-Fi and motion-sensor technology.

The app launched last October and has been used by hundreds of thousands of people, according to the Cover Team’s blog.

The Google Play Store indicates the app has reached a range of 100,000 to 500,000 installs.

The Cover team founders include Todd Jackson, Gordon Luk and Edward Ho, all of whom have previous backgrounds in Facebook, Google+ and Yahoo!.

In a tweet, Twitter said: "Welcome to the flock @coverscreen! We're excited too."