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Last Updated: March 27th, 2013

It's no secret that Handy Apps puts out some useful and, well... handy, apps. Need a way to keep your passwords locked up tight? Look no further than PassWallet. Or maybe a powerful, yet functional to-do list is what you're after – check out Tasks N Todos. Maybe there's some pictures or videos you want to keep away from prying eyes. No worries – Photo Locker or Video Locker should do the trick.

This contest is now over.

The final results are listed below. If you've won, you will be contacted in the near future. Congratulations!

Everyone else - keep participating and stay tuned to Android Police so that you don't miss our upcoming giveaway announcements. You can follow AP on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and RSS.

Unfortunately, Justin didn't respond to our multiple contact attempts, so another winner has been chosen!

  • Justin Stevenson
  • Itai Marom

Along those same lines, maybe there are certain apps that you'd prefer to keep private. We all have those occasions when someone asks to look at our phone (or tablet), and let's be honest – some people just don't know what's appropriate and what's not (I'm looking at you, guy who thinks it's OK to open GMail or Messages). For those situations, Handy Apps has you covered with yet another great app – say hello to App Locker.

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Like its name suggests, App Locker makes user-defined apps inaccessible to anyone aside from you. There are two ways it goes about this: by either causing a "fake crash" or simply requesting a PIN. Alternatively, you can have it do both. The crash dialog is actually really clever – once it pops up, simply tap the text area three times to launch the app. The PIN option is pretty self-explanatory: the app requests a PIN before it launches.

While the free version of App Locker offers all these features, there is also a $2 Pro version that allows the app itself to be hidden from the tray and launched by entering a specific code into the dialer. Alternatively, the code can be entered into a calculator widget that's bundled with the app.

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As an added bonus, both versions of the app include a bulk uninstaller. Handy.

Giveaway

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To celebrate the launch of this new app, Handy Apps has offered up a brand-new Sony Xperia Z to let us give away. For those who may not be up-to-date on Sony's new flagship, here's a look at what it has to offer:

  • 5" 1080x1920 "Reality" display
  • Quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB built-in storage, microSD Card slot
  • 13.1 MP rear shooter, 2.2 MP front camera
  • Android 4.1.2

Yeah, it's a monster. Here's how to enter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway begins now and will run until Friday, March 15th at 12:00AM PST (midnight). At that time, we'll randomly pick a winner. Good luck!

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • al

    Id lock candy crush saga. and throw away the key.

  • Ant2206

    I could very much do with a Sony Xperia Z.

  • http://www.facebook.com/zalahn Nick Zalah

    Gallery and cameria

  • Jeff

    I'm very excited about this phone. I would hide all the social media apps. This is a 007 type phone.

  • Jeff

    I'm very excited about this phone. I would hide all the social media apps. This is a 007 type phone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/leslie.tan.900 WEz Lopz

    will hide secret camera apps, spy related apps and sexy related apps LOL :)

  • http://twitter.com/gladispb Gladis

    I would hide my personal apps, like gmail, facebook, twitter and pinterest...

  • Jeff

    I will hide my gallery and network spoofer apps!

  • Derek

    Great idea! I will hide my phone and messaging apps because I already have them on my homescreen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/felix.putera.tiosanna Felix Putera Tiosanna

    I will lock my social app

  • http://www.facebook.com/sk.tan.37454 SK Tan

    I'll probably use it to hide my gmail

  • http://twitter.com/gr1lly Michael Westrich

    Would lock my communication and expense tracking app.

  • Sacha Obado

    I will hide the avast anti theft app on my phone.

  • aarish

    First of all, i will hide the app locker because if anyone see it , it will become suspicious,then i will hide all the social apps and gmail

  • Kuo Zi Chong

    Need a quadcore phone now that I have tasted the speed on my Nexus 7... Galaxy Nexus is just slow...

  • Kuo Zi Chong

    I'll just hide all the apps that are in the notification shade automatically like tasker and useless app such as SuperUser (they pop up when access is required, no need to access the app itself) so...

  • Darshan N

    firstly thanks for the give away. I will hide my gallery and social apps

  • Aymeric Martin

    My SMS app, Play Store and Gmail :)

  • Igor Farago

    Any app dealing with messaging of any type, like e-mail, SMS, Twitter, G+... I don't want my kids to post anything on my behalf while playing with my phone.

  • Hptan93

    hide lots of pre-installed apps which i would never use in my life

  • http://twitter.com/koenvbeek Koen van Beek

    I would lock my Gmail and Calendar

  • Steven Nutt

    Agree that hiding Anti-theft apps makes sense.

  • Nilo

    do not have anything to hide....

  • Andrew

    Starting to seriously consider one of these phones. It's basically between this and a Nexus 4 now, since the HTC One's camera apparently isn't very good, and between that and Sense I can't cope.

  • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

    I'd be using this to hide the gallery and possibly even the camera to stop my pesky friends from taking stupid photos and looking through mine!

  • moelsen8

    ak notepad

  • bbrunomp

    I must see how a "fake crash" is... can only imagine someone's face when trying to access something and that happens.

  • Benson

    I will hide my gallery and social apps.

  • Sami Dawood

    Hope to win

  • MrHaroHaro

    I would hide my email and social networking apps because I'd much rather not have people send email or statuses on my behalf.

  • Lukas

    Ich hoffe ich gewinne!

  • http://www.facebook.com/eeatman3 Edward Eatman

    cant wait to try the apps on my new phone

  • SW_Glumff40

    Hide gallery too, of course.

  • http://twitter.com/rodluizpant Rodrigo Pantoja

    I would hide WhatsApp because people love to read my WhatsApp chats...

  • http://www.facebook.com/pepino.medellin Rodrigo Medellín

    Angry Birds, I get distracted too much...

  • Krish Masand

    lock my facebook account to stop my friends from posting from there

  • http://www.facebook.com/ajm.maldnodano Ajm Maldnodano

    ice cream drop

  • Benji Hertel

    Too many times have I been asked "What're leafly and weedmaps for?"

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jenny-Chua/100002373311037 Jenny Chua

    I will hide my email app.

  • domenico eufemia

    Would love to own a Galaxy Killer

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005168773511 Carlos Oliveira

    Good Luck everyone :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005168773511 Carlos Oliveira

    i will hide the fotos app :) from prying eyes

  • Andrew

    I'll hide every app that access my Google accounts.

  • http://twitter.com/psalanguit Paolo Salanguit

    One please :> I'll hide messaging and gmail.

  • http://twitter.com/fariflux Farid Martínez Yd

    I hope I can win something this time. (:

    App Locker seems really cool, I'd totally hide some apps i don't want my friends or family to be able to access when i lend my phone.

  • Xander_25

    I would hide nothing. My anti-theft app Cerberus already allows you to hide it if you choose. Besides that hiding anything else is a waste. I just want an Xperia Z.

  • http://twitter.com/blkxltng Max

    Probably my bank app

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dinil-G-Lal/1263394787 Dinil G Lal

    mail facebook and games

  • vijaya

    i used to use adw launchers and some-other launchers to hide apps

  • MohdZakhri

    Good luck to everyone! Would really love to get a new phone!

  • Alex.impacts

    Will hide the messages from the eyes of prying friends!

  • alex

    I would hide my photo gallery :D

  • Dmitry Stefanovich

    probably will hide some secondary browsers:)

  • Nick

    Hide all my messaging apps, just privacy.

  • http://twitter.com/MagicXB Nick

    I'll just hide all of the bloat AT&T apps (or actually, any carrier app for that matter)

  • http://twitter.com/Big_Mike_Bellic Michael

    I would hide my gallery using app locker

  • http://www.facebook.com/addilfarooq Adil Farooq

    Will Lock my gmail and social media :)

  • loganc

    I would use it to hide my security apps and emails from school so none get sent i didnt write myself. haha!

  • reddevilboyz

    i need to use this in the shower...so give me!

  • http://www.facebook.com/nicholas.burress Nicholas Burress

    I wouldn't mind getting a nice Sony phone free! ;)

  • Sarah L

    I would hide all my social media and messaging apps with App Locker.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andreas.tillman Andreas Ante Sepúlveda

    I will hide any app that I don't need in the app drawer. Like apps that only function as add-ons to other apps. I can't really think of any now.

  • Ashvin Tarachand

    I would hide my gallery

  • http://www.facebook.com/tanmoydb Tanmoy Db

    I would love to win a new device.

  • http://twitter.com/ak_r7 Avinash Kumar

    Awesome app and awesome device..
    I have never won any giveaway.. would love to win one :)

  • PN

    i would lock financial related apps e.g: online stock trading app, banking app and messaging apps.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ali.manasra Ali Manasra

    please

  • http://www.facebook.com/ostrowski.m Michał Ostrowski

    That neato app would definitely help me hide any social media and IM apps, since I prefer them to remember my passwords...

  • Yi Ming Kuan

    Great for hiding antitheft apps, of course!

    And the crash dialog helps a lot when your friend wants to play a prank on your Facebook account when you're not looking.

  • http://twitter.com/ChevronSmith Siobhan Smith

    Will hide banking apps!

  • http://www.facebook.com/marko.makela.144 Marko Mäkelä

    I'd hid my mSecure and sosial media applications.

  • http://www.facebook.com/denny.gl.9 Denny Gl

    sms and mail

  • Thx84

    I would hide any app if it means I get the Xperia Z

  • http://www.facebook.com/Bloodrain.inc Yisra’el Malaga

    Such an awesome idea, would definetely lock private things such as messages, but also SU app and "dangerous" setting apps :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/Gracjanek Gracjan Kaszyński

    I would hide Evernote and Expense Manager as those are quite sensitive apps. Apart from that - apps that are time-killers - games, Facebook, etc.

  • Katie

    i will hide all the apps:p

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002377971453 Shannon Wong

    Thanks! Totally useful for locking personal apps like Facebook and Messaging when my friends use my phone.

  • tookieboy

    stuff like.. superuser. don't want people messing with stuff like that :D

  • http://twitter.com/rbyrnes Rob Byrnes

    Hmmm... Possibly Gmail... No, wait... gallery. Or maybe Facebook... Yeah, Facebook for sure

  • Andrei Markovits

    Cool app

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrea.i.tejeda Andrea Isabel Tejeda

    I would use it to hide my photo gallery.

  • rismit

    Looks like a useful app

  • sri sai prateek

    I wud hide entire ICS os itself in the app locker..:-P

  • sri sai prateek

    I badly need the phone.. tired of using bloody 3'' phones.i love Xperia Z with APP LOCKER PRO

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000490180998 Zee Shan

    Waited for such a clean app. I am going for the PRO

  • Kwadwo Firempong-Boakye

    my gmail, whatsapp, and note apps

  • Juan

    I'll hide my messages, social accounts, emails and media files.

  • SW_Glumff40

    Win a phone like this... That's so awesome !
    Beside, I'm afraid of what App Locker can bring to my phone, but yeah, I will hide my gallery first, and some apps.

  • Andy Taylor

    I will hide my business calendar, and tweetcaster most likely!

  • http://twitter.com/alestucci Alessandro Tucci

    I'll hide Gallery, Root Explorer and Mail.

  • badreddine

    i will get crazy if i win this thing

  • JJ

    Perfect for hiding material for mom & dad from the little ones.

  • GuidZilla

    Would potentially hide Evernote i think.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mauritz.jagiello Mauritz Jagiello

    I would hide things like twitter, facebook and mail.

  • http://www.facebook.com/adam.piotrowski.733 Adam Tingler

    I think facebook is worth hiding. :)

  • arseniodev

    i will hide firefox

  • Sami Dawood

    I will hide album + gmail

  • bobthebee

    messenger, to stop people when they take my phone

  • cc_star

    Will deffo hide the App Locker app itself, as well as Twitter.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003233340805 Goutham La

    facebook

  • http://www.facebook.com/kelly.prince.77 Kelly Prince

    Gonna hide my social networks apps so my friends won't post silly things when I'm distracted haha

  • Amit Jain

    my email, messaging and social apps

  • Justine

    Lol My Files?

  • http://www.facebook.com/udit.kumar Udit Kumar

    I am all around the web , and most of the websites need a log-in ID , i have forgot my bank details once , i had to go through a big hassle to reset my ID and password, the next day i installed the handy apps and have stored my passwords there. also i need to lock my messages and my whatsapp wid somethin good! since u knw.. private stuff....the app is gonna be useful to lock my apps! ..and i m really eager to win the xperia z!!! i m sick and tiered of my current phone which has a RAM of just 170 MB :( and a real slow processor :/! hope i win! fingers crossd!

  • Adrian P.

    App Locker seems especially useful for finance apps, mail and apps that can access the filesystem.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Belazor Fillip Hannisdal

    I'll hide my SMS app, for obvious reasons... >)

  • Veeti

    This is a nice phone.

  • Nat

    I think I'd hide most of my social networking sites...
    They're incredibly distracting when trying to work.

  • http://www.facebook.com/derrick.knott.9 Derrick Knott

    mail of course

  • Alex Tortolano

    I'm in.

  • Derick Leony

    I'd hide the apps of my bank accounts, nice way to keep them private!

  • Alex Tortolano

    Id hide Color Note, has vital passwords.

  • NinjaCmac

    I will hide Gallery albums - the naughty ones :) with App Locker

  • http://www.facebook.com/c4mendizabal Carlos Mendizabal

    Want to hide my social media apps when lending my phone (FB, Twitter). People like to troll posting status from my own FB these days.

  • Vhan

    the gallery of course!

  • BkChandan

    Just in time...

  • http://www.facebook.com/mohseninima Nima Mohseni

    Facebook

  • http://www.facebook.com/omar.jee.39 Omar Jee

    hide every things that nobody should see !!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Xiao-Man/100003706470230 Xiao Man

    I will use it to hide my email app.

  • David Z

    my emails most likely.

  • RichTweetsStuff

    I'd hide my music app so people can't see my guilty pleasures!

  • Ninoslav Budjak

    I would hide Play Store so my kid can't accidentaly spend money in it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ryan.ac.37 Ryan Ac

    I will use it to hide my gallery, gmail and whatsapp.

  • http://facebook.com/senshidan Daniel Chavez

    Ill hide my facebook app!!!....cuz i be getting hacked by my bf when i go to the bathroom and leave my phone unattended lol

  • telur

    maybe hide some games to prevent other ppl taking my phone and play it whole day

  • http://www.facebook.com/gvgonzaga George Victor Gonzaga

    My gmail for work...cuz I have important stuff!!

  • Marcos Amano

    I really need a new smartphone! And I'd hide the gallery and messages.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1428322857 Roskie Cruz

    Will hide Facebook. LOL.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sebastian.nunezdelprado.92 Sebastian Nunez Del Prado

    Probably hide gallery and messaging I have them on multi task anyway.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ecv.paulo Paulo Sérgio Dos Santos

    Come to me!

  • Norman Farmer

    Nova Launcher :-p

  • procoder

    so i m global as the phone..

  • Flippy Mann

    wow love the Xperia Z! ill hide my photo gallery, and Twitter... too many fake accounts! LOL!

  • ria

    my sms apps!

  • http://twitter.com/mistoffelees0 Mark Stinson

    Will try App Locker for dropbox and evernote

  • http://twitter.com/WoShiJiawei Adrian アドリアンタン郭華

    I so going to hide all my messages

  • Richard Taylor

    Great idea for an app - will definitely put it on the Xperia Z ;)

  • utonbu

    i'll hide evernote and cloud storage apps like Gdrive or dropbox because there're many private data

  • Reece Omadeli

    Xperia Z... Best Sony phone I've seen in a while!
    I never win competitions so this one would be nice!

  • garek

    I will hide most everything.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gregori.gualdron Gregori David Gualdron

    I will hide apps that entertain myself at job during the day xD

  • Winner

    HIDE EVERYTHING!

  • ApocalypseX99

    I'd lock the other locker programs with it.

  • http://www.maverickcreative.ca/ Joshua Richards

    I'd hide dropbox for sure.

  • http://twitter.com/VishalSheth83 Vishal Sheth

    I'd love to win this! go Android Police for having these amazing contests!

  • http://twitter.com/botakkinclong jonathan hadi

    please give me the phone :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/marakame666 Daniel Sánchez Pillot Gutiérre

    I'd hide all games so my battery could survive annoying brats

  • http://www.facebook.com/zesidelossantos Zesi Villamor Delos Santos

    44 minutes left. I wish I could be picked.
    I have another pp to be locked. Inotia 4 so nobody can mess with my save data.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lroyal2 Louis Royal

    I would hide SuperSU, Maybe Adult apps if i had some but mainly would hide any root based apps

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=563376633 Matthew Priddy

    Facebook and other social networking. They are pretty much free range if someone gets a hold of your phone.

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