Microsoft, the software giant, is on the way to develop some interactive Android applications. Previously, they launched several Android apps and now its time to introduce yet another lock screen application for Android.
This lock screen wallpaper is called Picturesque Lock Screen, which actually works with Bing. Picturesque Lock Screen has a deep integration with Bing and few other tools, what generally come autonomously.
Although, most of the desktop’s software by Microsoft are paid but this Android lock screen aka Picturesque Lock Screen is available at free of cost for Android 4.0.3 and later versions.
Features and Workflow of Picturesque Lock Screen
Picturesque Lock Screen is an all-in-one lock screen application that has multiple features. The user interface is truly great and there is no doubt that Microsoft is cooking something great in Microsoft Garage. However, the key features of Picturesque Lock Screen are demonstrated below.
Set Bing Homepage Wallpaper as Mobile Wallpaper
You know that everyday Bing displays a new image on their homepage. These images are mainly lifted from Flickr. Therefore, if you want to set the Bing homepage image as your Android mobile’s wallpaper without downloading them, here is a trick. You can simply make sue of this little lock screen application to get things done.
Android 4.4 has the option to add widgets on the lock screen. By enabling lock screen widget, you can easily add Google Play Newsstand or any other news application widget on the lockscreen. However, now, you do not have to do anything like earlier since Picturesque Lock Screen has the option to show latest news on the lock screen. This application gathers all news from various news sources including Firstpost, New York Times, CNet and many others.
Calendar and Weather Forecast
Picturesque Lock Screen show a regional calendar as well as weather forecast. Regional calendar means you will get all types of Indian calendar if you belong to India. On the other hand, it shows a compact weather forecast on the lock screen.
This is one of the best features of Picturesque Lock Screen. You can search for anything in the Bing search engine right from your lock screen. Although, native search of Android open up Google Now, but this search will help you to explore the web. It comes with an in-built browser. That means, no other third party browser will be opened to display the search result.
This is yet another useful feature, which is included in Android KitKat and later version. Although, you can get notifications on your lock screen on previous versions of Android but Android KitKat and Android Lollipop have a deep integration. Now, you can get quite same feature on any Android device on which this lock screen app is installed.
The stock Android lock screen shows different things including a “Camera” button. This camera button helps users to open the camera instantly. The same feature is included in Picturesque Lock Screen. You can open the camera by tapping on the button twice.
Other Features of Picturesque Lock Screen
Apart from these aforementioned features, you can have some other options too. For instance, you can toggle WiFi, Bluetooth, Volume, Flash etc. right form the lock screen.
To set the wallpaper, you can either swipe from right to left or shake your mobile a little bit. These will help you to browse images.
After that, you can set any image as your wallpaper.
This is an all-in-one lock screen application for Android. It doesn’t consume a lot of CPU resources. Hence, you will get a good user experience. The overall performance of Picturesque Lock Screen is up to the mark. Nevertheless, Microsoft should include some advanced types of lock so that the users can get their phone secured.