Do you find yourself unlocking your phone time and time again just to perform a simple task? Do you need help to make your phone respond to your needs? Well rest assured, as Active Lockscreen may be able to help you. Active Lockscreen was developed by Celltick, is available in Google Play for free and has been voted 5 starts by over 16 000 people.
What is Active Lockscreen?
Active Lockscreen is a lockscreen replacement for your smartphone that enables you to set shortcuts for the applications you use the most so you can start using them without having to unlock your phone first.
This application has a very easy setup, which is wonderful for those of us who like to install an app and start to use it right away without having to worry about messing with the options. On the other hand, for those that like to fiddle with options until everything is perfect, this app is the right one for you. There are loads of customization options that will surely allow you to use Active Lockscreen as you like.
Active Lockscreen allows for great customization of everything you might ever require in your lockscreen. You have shortcuts to Contacts, Applications, Camera and Recent Apps, besides the button to actually unlock your device, put in on vibrate mode, go to settings and share the app.
This shortcut sets 4 contacts automatically, by default, based on your last calls so that you can call someone right from your lockscreen, without having to go to your contacts.
Of course you can also simply put in 4 contacts of your choosing and thus keep them always available to call just a press away.
This icon allows you to put up to 8 shortcuts for apps of your choosing. You can change the applications that are assigned to this button in settings, and besides choosing the applications associated you can also change the number of applications you have associated. For me, 3 are more than enough, but of course some may need more, it all depends on what you do with your device on a daily basis.
This icon, as the previous one, allows you to put up to 8 shortcuts for apps that you relate to your device’s camera, or photo/video editing for example. In my case I just put up the camera shortcut and the gallery. Again, all of this is customizable by setting the applications and the number of shortcuts in the active lockscreen settings.
This can set a previously chosen number of applications to the shortcut, by getting them from the recent applications, just like the contacts. You can also choose from 2 to 8 shortcuts and set the shortcuts for applications of your liking, although you might already have the most important in the My Apps shortcuts.
Besides selecting your shortcuts you can also set up your plugins, set your themes and set a personal background.
The available plugins of the bat are the Facebook, editor’s choice and personal gallery plugins, and then you have the option of loading more plugins from Google Play, and there you have 139 plugins, at least when I wrote the review, to help you take your lockscreen even further.
If you’re asking what the plugin does, take a look at the screenshot below, basically in this case the TED talks plugin simply puts the last uploaded video so you can keep up to date on their activities without even having to unlock your device or open the YouTube application. I don’t know about you, but I think this is a really nice addition to the lockscreen.
To open the plugin all you have to do is drag it to the unlock button and there you are looking at the displayed video.
What happens if you have more than one plugin? You swipe through them to check them out, and to open them you just drag them to the unlock button.
You can also choose your theme. If like me you don’t care much about it you’ll likely won’t end up in here. But if you like to have everything looking nifty you have 124 themes to choose from in Google Play. After you set the theme everything will look like the theme, like in the screenshot below.
Set your background
As this implies, you can choose an image to set as the background for your theme. If you choose one and aren’t happy about the result you have the option to revert to the original background of the theme.
Here you can choose many things, from what is displayed to security options that will allow you to stop someone from unlocking your phone with just a swipe gesture.
Date Time Widgets
This is yet another customization option that allows you choose whether you want the date, time and battery meter to be displayed and which size you want them to have.
I enjoyed using active lockscreen as it made everything in my device more accessible. The only let down I found was battery consumption. I noticed a big increase in battery consumption with the lockscreen activated, usually I get up to 32 hours of regular use out of my Note II, but with the lockscreen activated I only got up to 24 hours max. Apart from that I found it very useful and the customization options it gives its users make it appealing to everyone that keeps their smartphone handy.
Review by: Cátia Sofia @ Android Emotions