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Microsoft acquires Double Labs, developer of the popular Android app Echo Lockscreen

Double Labs, developer of the popular Android app Echo Notification Lockscreen, has just been acquired by Microsoft.

Published onSeptember 12, 2015


Echo Notification Lockscreen is one of our favorite lockscreen replacement applications on Android, and it looks like it now has a new owner. According to Business Insider, Microsoft has just officially purchased Double Labs, developer of the lockscreen app. Microsoft has already released the Android app Next Lock Screen, which is quite similar in functionality to Echo.

Although it may seem odd that Microsoft now owns two lockscreen replacement apps for Android, according to Microsoft Chief Experience Officer Julie Larson-Green, Microsoft’s main goal is to take productivity to the next level. A lot of the notable features currently present in both Next and Echo lockscreen apps will make their way back to Windows 10, Office and any other Microsoft product that sends out notifications. In order to properly deploy these features into Windows products, Microsoft can push out unique features to the third-party apps first so the company won’t accidentally ship half-baked features to the millions of Windows users out there.

To see just what Echo Notification Lockscreen can do, check out the promotional video attached below.

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Microsoft has been pretty good at bringing interesting features to its in-house built Next Lock Screen app, so it shouldn’t be long until we see some interesting improvements coming to Echo.

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