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More and more developers are taking advantage of the nifty new ability to start a semi-closed beta on the Google Play Store via Google+. The latest is TeslaCoil Software, makers of the customization tool WidgetLocker (among other things). If you want to try out the latest and possibly greatest version of WidgetLocker, just head for this Google+ Community and join in.

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Joining the beta is quite simple. Once you join the community, click the Play Store link that's displayed on the page, go through the standard warnings and whatnot, and you'll be directed to a seemingly normal Play Store entry for the app. But this one's on a slightly adjusted development cycle - the latest beta was released just today. It's not clear exactly how the beta differs from the stable version of WidgetLocker, because the "what's new" text hasn't changes since July 23rd. It's possible the TeslaCoil hasn't actually uploaded a beta APK yet, just put the beta program in place. Either way, you'll need to buy WidgetLocker to try it out if you haven't done so already.

Lately TeslaCoil has gained more fans thanks to the excellent Nova Launcher (after all, lockscreen widgets are enabled natively on Android 4.2+). If you want to join the beta program for Nova, check out this Google+ Community instead.

Source: Google+

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Matthew Fry

    I haven't used WidgetLocker since Froyo. To anyone using WidgetLocker, is it still useful on JB now that Google finally got to sprucing up the lock screen?

    • Ryan O’Neill

      It depends if you have an OEM lockscreen. I'm on 4.1.2 and using Widgetlocker to replace the stock lockscreen on my Razr HD. But my phone had the AOSP lockscreen then there would be no need.

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    • Egnimatic_Foolishness

      I just started using it again 2 nights ago. Seems to be pretty useful now. Swipe to the right to access any camera app you have installed. You have a list of customized apps that are accessible when you swipe to the left. The main screen of WidgetLocker, is just as good as always. I don't see a reason to go back to Stock at this point

      (AM I the Only one that had a ridiuclously hard time logging in with Disqus?)

      • Wayne Randall

        Swipe to the right for camera? That would drive me bonkers, being used to left for camera for ages now. Guess I'll stick to stock for now. Thank you for saving me the trouble.

        Actually.. Is this setting customizable?

        • Egnimatic_Foolishness

          sorry. Now that I think about it, I said it backwards. It's the same way as on Stock.

          It's not customizable, but you have the option to turn on/off the bezel swipes on each side

          • Wayne Randall

            Ah, even better then. Thank you!

            I may revisit you, WidgetLocker. It's been a long time, old friend.

          • Egnimatic_Foolishness


            This is what convinced me to ReExplore WidgetLocker.

            Hopefully it can Inspire you

    • Wayne Randall

      Same here, except Gingerbread. Wondering the same myself.

    • http://wave-france.blogspot.com Supercopter

      It has recently been improved by the addition of swipe left and right gestures to launch the camera and custom shortcuts. But IMHO it won't be able to compete with the stock lockscreen until it gets multiple screens.

  • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

    Haven't seen it since I bid goodbye to Gingerbread. Time to give it a run again I guess.

  • https://play.google.com/store/search?q=kodiak+211 Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

    Is it possible to build skins for this app, and upload them to the play store?