Don’t Like Android 4.2’s Lockscreen Changes? App Lets You Easily Disable Them

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Android 4.2 brought with its arrival a number of changes to the platform, many of which we detailed late last month. Not everyone’s a fan of everything that’s new, though, and if some of the new functionality Google brought to the Android lockscreen just isn’t your cup of tea, we’ve got some good news for you: one developer has cooked-up a free app to quickly revert those tweaks to the way the lockscreen used to work.

Lockscreen Policy, as its dev has named the app, is nothing if not straightforward. It provides a pair of toggles, allowing you to disable the new camera access, lockscreen widgets, or both.

The big appeal of the app, especially if you weren’t planning on outfitting your lockscreen with widgets, is that it removes the flashing widget placeholder. The disabling of the swipe-to-access-camera feature could be seen as a security feature, or just a way to discourage people from playing with your phone.

If you’ve already moved to Android 4.2, you can check out Lockscreen Policy in the Google Play store now (source link below), and the rest of you might want to make a mental note to check it out (or just wishlist it) once your own 4.2 update finally arrives.

Source: Google Play
Via: XDA-Developers

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