Just in time for the holidays: An updated version of Cover
We’ve just released Version 0.1.5 of Cover on Google Play. If you already have Cover installed, the app should auto-update.
In this version we’ve added:
Ability to hide apps. By popular request, you can now prevent certain apps from showing on your Cover lockscreen. This is useful for apps that you don’t need quick access to or don’t want other people to see on your lockscreen. Go to Settings > Preferences > Hidden Apps and you’ll see this:
Transparent top status bar on KitKat. If you’re running Android 4.4, Cover’s status bar is now transparent. When you peek at an app with a black status bar, like Gmail or Chrome, the bar will fade from transparent to black as you peek. Also, you may notice that the bottom navigation bar is not transparent – that’s something we’re still working on.
Fixes for Hangouts’ unread count. If you use Hangouts as your default SMS app, the Hangouts unread count now only includes recent messages you’ve received in the last 24 hours. For more detailed info, read this help page.
Fixes for common crashes, battery problems, and a few bugs.
We also added a prompt to give feedback on Cover, so keep your thoughts coming and we’ll keep making improvements to the app.
One of the most common questions we’ve heard is “I’m running a custom launcher – will it work with Cover?” The answer is yes! Check out this video to see it in action:
As you can see in the video, because Cover is a lockscreen, it works well with many different launchers. The video shows Nova Launcher, Themer, and Aviate. Cover works with these launchers and many more.
We hope you enjoy pairing Cover with your favorite launcher! Let us know what you think.
Cover is now publicly available on Google Play for everyone with Android 4.1+ in the US, Canada and Europe. It’s 100% free.
Over the last six weeks of beta testing, we’ve made 100+ improvements to Cover, including:
Optimized battery usage (for most people, Cover isn’t among the top 10 battery-consuming apps on their phone)
Improved car detection accuracy (motion-sensing algorithms)
Added compatibility with KitKat, Nexus 5, new ART runtime for Android
When peeking and switching between apps, Cover now perfectly maintains state within each app
Added tutorials on fast app-switching, how to set custom wallpapers/ring volume, how to use Cover with a security code (PIN/Pattern)
More customization options (e.g. configure size and location of app tray target)
Ability to share your Cover setup on Facebook/Twitter/Google+
Thanks so much for your patience – we hope the improvements that we’ve made over the last six weeks will make your first impression of Cover even better.
Install Cover on Google Play
Thanks so much for your enthusiasm!
– Todd, Ed, and Gordon (the Cover Team)
* If you’re outside the US/Canada/Europe or your device is not supported yet, Cover will be available in early 2014. However, if you don’t want to wait and are very adventurous, you can help test an experimental version of Cover.