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Twitter takes Android lock screen startup Cover under its wing

Looks to rival Facebook Home
Tue Apr 08 2014, 10:08

TWITTER ANNOUNCED that it has picked up Android lock screen app Cover on Monday, likely in a bid to challenge Facebook Home.

For those who haven't heard of Cover, the startup - which launched in beta in October - describes the app as being able to learn "when and where you use different apps and puts them on your lockscreen for easy access".

Twitter has not disclosed the terms of the acquisition, but Cover revealed in a blog post on Monday that its development team move in-house at the social network, and said that, for now at least, the Android lock screen app will remain available in the Google Play store.

"Twitter, like Cover, believes in the incredible potential of Android," said Cover. "They share our vision that smartphones can be a lot smarter -more useful and more contextual- and together we're going to make that happen. We'll be building upon a lot of what makes Cover great, and we're thrilled to create something even better at Twitter."

"Thanks to all of you who beta tested our app, provided feedback, and helped us build Cover into what it is today. We're excited for this next chapter and can’t wait for you all to try out what's next."

This purchase sees Twitter looking to make more of a push in the mobile market, and with Cover under its wing the firm has the potential to create a service similar to Facebook's Home project, which sees the social network acting as a custom skin on Android devices.

Cover is still available to download from the Google Play store for free. µ


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