I guess everyone of you should know about Android, the mobile OS developed by Google and it’s one of the major competitors for iPhone. Personally, I still prefer iPhone OS over Google’s Android. I’m not going to list out the pros and cons of both OS. This is not a post for comparing these two mobile platforms. However, one feature that Android does really better is the unlock screen.
Unlike iPhone which uses a slider to unlock, Android develops an interesting approach to lock and unlock the phone. The lock screen displays nine dots. You can set any screen lock pattern by connecting the dots, that serves as a form of password. To unlock the phone, simply redraw the screen pattern.
The first time I saw this approach to handle the unlock screen, I thought it’s cool and why Apple doesn’t bring it to iPhone. From time to time, I also got emails from readers asking whether we can apply this unlock pattern on jailbroken iPhone.
Now, here is the answer: AndroidLock hack.
AndroidLock is a hack available via Cydia, that brings the unlock approach of Android to jailbroken iPhone. The app is completely free for download. For first-time use, you’ll need to set your unlock pattern before Android activates. To set the pattern, just go to “Settings”. Tap on AndroidLock and then tap “Change Pattern”. Here, use your finger to draw your own unlock pattern, but make sure you remember it as you’ll need to use the same pattern to unlock the lock screen.
Once you have confirmed your pattern, tap “AndroidLock” and you’re now ready to use AndroidLock. To try out, click the Sleep button twice to go the lock screen. AndroidLock should be activated and lets you to unlock the lock screen in Android style. Cool, right?
To download and install AndroidLock, launch cydia and search for AndroidLock to locate the package (via BigBoss repository). This hack can only work on jailbroken iPhone.
What do you think about AndroidLock? Should Apple incorporate it in the next iPhone OS update? As always, leave us comment to share your thought.