Android 4.2, featured in Nexus phones, has some pretty cool lock screen widgets. One just wishes the same lock screen goodness was available in other Android phones too. Play Store has come to the rescue for lock screen widget seekers with some very useful apps that offer similar functionality as that of the lock screen widgets of Android 4.2.
Only very few lock screen apps support widgets now, even though many other emulate their functionality and enhance your experience of the first screen that you bump into on pressing the lock key of your phone.
Most of these apps allow you to text or call your most frequent contacts, adjust settings, launch your most-used apps and so on. Some of these show you your Facebook feed. Some even show you a plethora of themes and wallpapers for you to choose from so that you can always keep your lock screen vibrant. Check out some of the top lock screen apps available for Android:
Quick Launch - Lock Screen
Quick Launch app has the enormous advantage of allowing you to add any widget in your phone's collection to the lock screen. Be it a to-do-list or expense manager or even a music widget, you can add them to the lock screen and on opening the lock screen you can access these widgets directly. Features like slide-to-mute as well as slide-to-app are also available. However, there is a slight glitch since the app gets buggy when you possess custom launchers. A big update of the app is in the offing which promises live wallpapers and a brand new notification center.
Download Quick Launch - Lock Screen from Google Play Store.
WidgetLocker lock screen is very similar to the lock screen widgets functions in Android 4.2. The lock screen is based on code from ADW.Launcher and allows you to do a variety of flexible actions like drag and drop short cuts and widgets you want to see on your lock screen, apply themes such as Sense UI to your lock screen or even arrange slide functions like slide-to-camera or to dial someone specific.
Download WidgetLocker Lockscreen from Google Play Store for around Rs. 162.
Active Lock Screen
Active Lock Screen makes your lock screen look appealing with a variety of themes. Just like the others, it offers you the option of arranging short cuts for your favorite apps on the lock screen. However, the most notable feature of this lock screen widget app is its provision of certain preset plugins which can be turned on according to your convenience. The Facebook plugin displays Facebook feeds on your lock screen, You Tube plugin shows the preset channels while there is an RSS feed plugin present which is on an experimental basis.
Download Active Lock Screen from Google Play Store.
GO Locker comes from the same makers of GO Launcher and stands out in offering you a variety of themes to customize your lock screen and transform it into a visual extravaganza. It offers themes like Windows 8 Modern UI and Sense UI and any other theme that ranges in between.
Download GO Locker from Google Play Store.
Speed Launcher Lite lock screen is one of the best lock screen apps available out there with its cool rotary dial look which allows you to quickly access any contact you frequently call or text. In order to get the Pro version, spend $4 (Rs.220), which allows you to launch applications as well as have connectivity toggles on your lock screen.
Download Speed launcher Lite Lock Screen from Google Play Store.
MagicLocker gives Go Locker sufficient competition in terms of themes for the customization of the lock screen. Other than the plethora of themes offered, it also gives the slide-to-app function as well as numerous fonts, clock, wallpaper and music controls.
Download MagicLocker from Google Play Store.
This lock screen is free to download and offers you as many as nine sliders which allow you to launch apps right from your lock screen. There is a version available for $1.99 (approx Rs. 109), which removes ads if you can't stand them.
Download LockMenu lock screen from Google Play Store.
Lucent Lock Screen
Lucent lock is simply great when you are looking to do minimalistic customization to your lock screen incorporating the slide-to app and widgets features. However, an update hasn't come out for so long that the app tends to be a little buggy.
Download Lucent Lock Screen from Google Play Store for approx Rs. 108.