CyanogenMod RC Gets Unlock Screen Goodies


I’m a big fan of CyanogenMod ROM, so much so that I’ve installed countless iterations of it on four devices (so far). One of the most notable things about CyanogenMod ROM is the breadth of devices that it can currently be installed on — from the T-Mobile G1 and G2, to the Motorola Droid family and the Samsung Galaxy S series phones, and many more in between.

Just after Thanksgiving, an update was added to several of the release candidates. This update is beautiful in its simplicity, while, in my opinion, adds substantially to the usability of the device. The change I’m referring to is a way to the way the lockscreen can work. New controls were added that allow the user not only to unlock their phone, but take them directly to the messaging app or to the dialer/phone app, or any other app installed on the device.

This might not seem like a lot, but keep in mind, this is a phone, after all. Yes, Android-powered devices can do so much more than just “phone” stuff, but when you pull out your phone, it’s highly likely that you’ll want to either make a phone call, or send a text. With this lockscreen addition you’re one finger-swipe away from doing just that. Unfortunately, at present, you can’t select either phone OR messaging, you get both, or neither. Since I use Google Voice exclusively for my messaging this doesn’t help me all that much.

This build also contains lockscreen gestures, think Graffiti for your lockscreen. You can “write” a gesture on your lockscreen to not only unlock your phone, but also launch the corresponding app.

These can both be enabled via the Phone & Messaging option in CM Settings, User Input.

Source: Android Guys

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Joe Levi
Joe graduated from Weber State University with two degrees in Information Systems and Technologies. He has carried mobile devices with him for more than a decade, including Apple's Newton, Microsoft's Handheld and Palm Sized PCs, and is Pocketnow's "Android Guy". By day you'll find Joe coding web pages, tweaking for SEO, and leveraging social media to spread the word. By night you'll probably find him writing technology and "prepping" articles, as well as shooting video. Read more about Joe Levi here.