Microsoft is not just limited to making Windows phones and PCs anymore. The company has its hands everywhere and just released another Android lock screen app called Picturesque.
Picturesque has come out of Microsoft’s Garage program, which is an initiative the company took back in 2010 to provide its employees the opportunity to bring their own ideas to life. The Garage program is like an incubator for Microsoft employees who wish to work on their own projects, and Picturesque is one of them.
The lock screen app incorporates Bing search into your Android device and also allows you to use images from Bing’s front page to decorate your screen. Notifications for calls and texts are also shown along with the latest news stories and quick toggles for Wifi and Bluetooth etc are also available.
However, the app isn’t perfectly stable just yet and has several bugs and issues, including bouts of unresponsiveness and failing to unlock to the home screen. Most users have left negative reviews on the app download page and it remains to be seen when the app is updated next.
Meanwhile, you can try out another lock screen app from Microsoft which was released last year, called Next Lock Screen, which has the standard set of lock screen features and is more stable than Picturesque.
You might also want to check out Microsoft’s office suite for Android which was officially released last month and is also available for free on the Play Store.
Do you think Microsoft’s interest in Cyanogen may have something to do with bigger long-term plans to compete against Google? What are your thoughts on a possible Microsoft-Cyanogen nexus to create an alternate Android ecosystem that breaks away from Google’s services?