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Twitter buys Android lock-screen app ‘Cover’

PTI San Francisco | Updated on November 24, 2017 Published on April 08, 2014

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A young startup specialising in Android smartphone lock screens that anticipate what “app” a user might want at any give moment said yesterday it has been bought by Twitter.

The acquisition comes about a year after the launch of Cover, which said its free application, which hit the virtual shelves of Google Play’s online shop in October, has reached hundreds of thousands of users.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Cover team has joined San Francisco-based Twitter, according to the startup.

“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,” Cover said in a blog post.

“Twitter, like Cover, believes in the incredible potential of Android.”

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

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

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

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Published on April 08, 2014
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