Next Lock Screen Update Brings Swipe to Search Action

Microsoft has begun rolling out an update to Next Lock Screen for Android phones that brings a lot of new improvements and features.  Probably the biggest new feature in the version 2.7 release is the ability to swipe down and search (via Bing or Google) right from the lock screen.  This makes searching for things faster and easier as you don’t necessarily have to unlock your phone every time to search for something.

This update also brings customization to the layout of apps page in the app.  Now you can select 4×5 or 4×6 for your app layout to give you the number of apps you want to see and quickly access.

Microsoft has also been tweaking the performance of Next Lock Screen, improving it by some 10% with this release when it comes to memory efficiency.  They have also made the Recent page

Microsoft's Next Lock Screen
Microsoft’s Next Lock Screen

customizable so you can choose the type of content you want to display on that page.

If you haven’t checked out Next Lock Screen and are looking for a solid performing lock screen app with a lot of features, take a look.  It is quite powerful and Microsoft has released an update for it no less than 4 times in the last 3 months.  They are constantly evolving it and taking input from users.  Obviously the app is aimed at those who leverage other Microsoft apps but even if you don’t use Office, there are still a lot of things to like about Next Lock Screen.

The app is free and available in the Play Store.  For those who have it installed, the OTA update should be hitting your device over the next few days.