Twitter buys lock-screen startup Cover

Summary:Twitter has purchased Android lock-screen and app draw application startup, Cover, for an undisclosed amount.

Twitter has acquired an Android-exclusive app startup, Cover, which offers users an alternative lock screen and app drawer on their Android smartphones.

Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed by either party.

Cover was launched around a year ago, with the free Android application hitting the virtual shelves of Google Play’s online shop in October last year. Since then, it has reached hundreds of thousands of users.

Cover is designed to anticipate what smartphone app a user might want to access at any given moment.

The Cover team said it has now joined San Francisco-based Twitter.

"Twitter, like Cover, believes in the incredible potential of Android," said the Cover team in a blog post on the company's website. "We built a replacement for Android's default lock-screen that makes our phones easier to use by adapting to our context — providing fast access to the right apps at the right time."

"It’s been an incredible journey, a journey that we’re excited to announce is taking a turn today as we bring the Cover team to Twitter to take these ideas even further," said the post. "So what does this mean for the Cover app? For now, Cover will remain available in the Play Store while we focus our attention on our work at Twitter."

The acquisition indicates that Twitter is keen to make its popular one-to-many messaging service more enticing to people with smartphones powered by Google-backed Android software.

An IDC survey released in February found Android had a 78.1 percent share of global smartphone shipments in the final three months of last year, bolstered by a 40 percent jump in the number of handsets delivered.

For the full year, Android's market share was 78.6 percent to 15.2 percent for Apple's iOS, 3.3 percent for Windows Phone and 1.9 percent for BlackBerry, IDC said.

Topics: Mobility, Start-Ups

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