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Twitter eyes Android lock screen customisation through Cover acquisition

Twitter has made its latest acquisition in the shape of the popular Android lock-screen customisation service Cover.

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The acquisition, for which the financial terms have not been disclosed, will see Cover remain in the Google Play Store for the time being and give Twitter an extra level of control over the home screen of Android devices.

“Twitter, like Cover, believes in the incredible potential of Android. They share our vision that smartphones can be a lot smarter — more useful and more contextual — and together we’re going to make that happen. We’ll be building upon a lot of what makes Cover great, and we’re thrilled to create something even better at Twitter,” read part of the Cover blog post confirming the deal.

Cover works by allowing phone owners to customise the apps that are seen on the lock screen plus it learns the apps that are used most often, using this knowledge to personalise the lock screen to the given user’s specification.

As stated earlier, the app will remain a part of the Google Play Store’s lineup of apps for the time being and the firm stated that it would provide an update if this is going to change.

The app itself was only launched back in October 2013 and since then it has raised some $1.7 million [£1 million] in funding in the form of a seed round from First Round Capital, Harrison Metal, Max Levchin, Scott Banister, Charlie Cheever, Keith Rabois, Dave Girouard and Alex Franz.

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Twitter’s acquisition could allow it to work in a similar way to the Facebook Home service that customises the stock Android home and lock screens so that it is almost entirely geared towards the certain account on the social media service.