Have you seen some of the new features in Windows 8? If you have, then you are familiar with the new logon screen that lets you set up an image as the lockscreen and add points or draw gestures on it, instead of typing a password. This feature is awesome, and to some extent, more reliable than other methods. Some might even find it more secure than Face Unlock.
What would you say if the same feature could be implemented in Android smartphones? It would seem like a great idea, and for XDA Developers member kevdliu, this sparked the idea to create an app that allows you to do just that. The app is called Picture Password Lockscreen and it essentially does the same thing: sets a picture as the lockscreen and unlocks your Android device with a gesture.
How to set it up?
In order to gain access to this feature, you must download the app from the Play Market and install it. After installing, the app will prompt you to set the types of gestures you wish to add: point, circle or line. From here on, all you need to do is select an image from your gallery and add you gesture and you are pretty much ready to go. Also, for those who want to support the developer, there is a Plus app that unlocks some extra features, such as:
- Screen Lock Delay
- Start On Boot
- Toast Message Options
An important notice for those of you who own a Galaxy Nexus device or other smartphones that have on-screen navigation bar, you need to root your phone and install the app as a system app (/system/app) in order for the lockscreen to disable the nav bar. Also, if there is ever a problem with the image that you loaded as the lockscreen, you can add a fail-safe unlocking method, by using a PIN number, so you can still unlock your phone (maybe in the future we could see an alternative to unlock with face unlock, even though it can be easily hacked)
Keep in mind that this app is still under development, so don’t expect it to run without flaw. Some users have mentioned issues with the app when installed on a device that has an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. I can attest to this problem, because the app also has some issues on my JB phone. Nevertheless, the developer of this app deserves a round of applause because he brought us this amazing feature and I can hardly wait for it to run on my device!