Twitter has acquired six-month-old Android application Cover for an undisclosed fee. Cover replaces the lock screen of an Android smartphone, offering instead a selection of applications based on where you are and what you use most often.
The Cover team wrote in a blog post: “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.”
For now, the team said, Cover will remain available through the Google Play store while they “focus our attention on our work at Twitter.” However, Cover adds: “If that changes down the road, we’ll provide another update…”
It is expected that Twitter will incorporate Cover into a future Android application - possibly in a similar way to Facebook’s ill-fated Home Android app.
By knowing your home and work addresses, Cover provides the apps it believes you will need. For example, at home Cover is more likely to display Chrome, social networks like Twitter and Facebook, and games like Angry Birds. When Cover recognises you are at work it will show apps like GMail instead.
The Cover team added: “Since launching Cover in October, we’ve had the privilege of reaching hundreds of thousands of people. We’ve improved Cover with their help and feedback, and demonstrated how Android can help make people’s lives easier.”
Cover was founded as a company in March 2013 and consists of just 10 employees, headed by co-founders Todd Jackson, Gordon Luk and Edward Ho.