Microsoft’s Lock Screen Replacement for Android Brings Bing Front and Center
It’s no secret, that Bing has been struggling to compete with Google since its start. Even on Windows Phone, Google search is the primary choice of the majority of users.
However, Microsoft has come up with a way to put Bing front and center on Android devices. Bing search bar will now be shown on your lock screen in all its glory, and maybe this could help boost Bing’s audience. Too early to say I guess but you never know!
The way in question is Picturesque Lock Screen from Microsoft. This will let users browse the web using Bing, change wallpaper, check weather, news and more without even exiting the lock screen. That’s not all, Picturesque app is totally free, won’t cost you a dime.
The app is pretty unique and useful. You can pull Bing’s cool background photos and use them as wallpapers on your phone. Moreover, if you don’t like a certain background image, just shake the phone and voila! It’s changed.
The search bar is displayed at the top that will let you look something up on the go conveniently. Web pages, in addition to search results, are displayed on an overlay on the lock screen.
Battery life can be a concern for some users while using an app like this. So there some adjustments you can make to its settings in order to save the battery life. You can completely turn-off the News Feed or adjust it to refresh less, along with image downloading only over Wi-Fi.
The app was developed in Microsoft Garage, the public lab where the company’s employees share experimental ideas. The lab is also behind the development of a similar app for Android called Next Lock Screen.
It’s interesting how the Garage is developing apps for the rival Android. To me, it seems like a viable strategy of Microsoft to advertise Bing and other Windows-related features to Android users in a smart way.
Picturesque places Bing conveniently at the screen and it’s possible more users will use Bing, instead of unlocking their phone and opening Google (I know I will ). Overall the app is quite handy but it is a bit data hungry. Still, accessibility is there and users should give it a try.
Have you used Microsoft’s Picturesque Lock Screen? Share your thoughts and views about the app with us in the comments below!