More and more smartphone manufacturers have been moving towards on-screen buttons, with Google really pushing for it over the physical button alternative. However, there are still a few OEMs (we're looking at you, Samsung) that have preferred to keep things a bit more traditional. Tell us which way you prefer and why.
Replacement Lock Screen Enables Shortcuts, Keeps Pattern Unlock
We’ve all seen those nifty replacement lock screens out there—you know, the ones that prominently feature app shortcuts, widgets, and more to provide you with at-a-glance information and easy access to some of your favorite key applications. However, the majority of them have one tragic flaw: To enable the quick app launcher, you must disable lock screen security or at least go through a cumbersome procedure to have both a password and a quick launch area.
Thankfully, XDA Forum Member GoodAppsTeam hopes to solve this with LockScreen One Touch for All. The app keeps you safe from casual snooping by requiring a pattern to unlock the device, but it does so without removing the quick launch functionality.
So how does it work? Upon first startup, the app asks for device administrator status in order to control your lock screen settings. Once granted, you can get to work by customizing its list of apps. Calling the app you wish to launch from the lock screen is as simple as entering your pattern to unlock the phone and then “landing” on the app you wish to open.
Looking to save time while retaining a pattern unlock? This ingenious idea to keep both security and convenience may be up your alley. To give it a shot, head over to the application thread!
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