Cover is a well-known and popular lock screen replacement app for Android. The app has been in beta for quite some time with public availability going live last December. The app though may have proved to be too popular as Twitter has swooped in and scooped up the fledgling startup.

In a post on the Cover site, the Cover Team has acknowledge the sale to Twitter with a note that users can continue to expect the app to remain on the Play Store.

While it’s great to see companies grow and head into new directions, it’s not at all clear what this actually means. It sounds like Cover, at least as we know it, won’t continue to be developed. The Cover Team has not specified what Twitter plans to do with them or their app, though we’re guessing a Twitter branded Cover app is probably not in the works. Instead, Twitter may have simply like their ideas and talent, and have acquired that instead of the app itself.

How much Twitter acquired Cover for is also unknown, though presumably it was enough to persuade the team to put Cover on hold for the foreseeable future. Regarding the sale, the Cover Team had this to say:

“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.”

It certainly sounds interesting and congrats to the Team for finding a partner for their vision. However, we can’t help but be a little forlorn as another app is seemingly being retired before its time.

What say you, were you a big fan of Cover? And more importantly, what do you think Twitter will do with them?

Source: Cover


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Twitter buys smart lock screen Cover


This is disappointing. I really like Cover. Looks like it will stay the way it is and I will need to find a new lock screen replacement.

I'm with you there. The Cover / Aviate combo on my nexus 5 is perfect... Sometimes well enough should stay left alone.

I am guessing they are spreading the writers around MN. That or getting a restructuring. I am guessing the former

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I am guessing they are spreading the writers around MN. That or getting a restructuring. I am guessing the former

You really should see the crap I don't post. Sorry if honesty offends you

I liked the first headline

You really should see the crap I don't post. Sorry if honesty offends you

I was really enjoying Cover, and the way the app was headed. I would even have paid for it! Now, either they abandon it, and it's a shame, either they do a Twitter Cover and I don't think it will be a good idea ...

I like this concept better then what Aviate did. Didn't like Aviate taking over my whole homescreen. Will download Cover to give it a spin. Nice to see you around here Daniel.

I liked the direction that Cover was headed. Not too sure I'll enjoy where Twitter takes it but hopefully they bought it to continue development and monetize Cover.

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Man I just got into Cover about 2 months ago. Its a great app, hate to see it go in another direction. I like to see progress and I can see how it could be a platform for a "blinkfeed" type service for twitter but I don't want all that in a lock screen.

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Expect location based Tweets on your locksrceen.

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Problem is that Twitter (like Facebook) has a history of buying start-ups, like Cover, that everyone loves and then "dismantling" them.

If they do keep changing it, I hope they're smart about not making all of us that don't care about twitter have to register, or have it wasting resources phoning home.

Really not happy to hear this, Cover's been great. I was hoping that they'd get better notification management in there in the future.

Ok, this incident isn't particularly bad (I do not use Cover however), but it is part of a growing concern in the world.

We are now at a point where it has to be said that if you intend to start developing a unique app that has the potential to be hugely popular, or company that provides products or services that have the potential to become hugely popular, you should simply not bother if you intend to sell out to companies like Google, Apple, Facebook or Microsoft (Twitter hasn't festered into a huge problem yet but they're clearly working on it), and/or cannot warrant and promise that you won't (merging and being bought by similar-sized operations is ok).
Don't waste our time, because we are sick of all the sell outs, we don't want you. Zero tolerance into the future. If you intend to enter the tech world on the creative front, you must state your allegiances and intentions when a product or service goes final or public etc. No more rubbish. Aspiring tech creatives may want to launch and boost their careers - and that's fine, but don't do it at our expense.

Twitch TV might sell out next and be lost to facebook. Not good.