Microsoft wants to power your Android phone and watch with these apps

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Lockscreen apps for Android phone are a dime a dozen, with hundreds available from various developers. And now, The Verge reports, you can add Microsoft to that list.

Next Lock Screen

On its Microsoft Garage website, the company is showing off its Next Lock Screen app for [company]Google[/company] Android phones, which surfaces your upcoming appointments without having to unlock your handset. You can scroll through your calendar events, so this isn’t a static short list. And if one of those events is a conference call, you can dial in with a simple swipe. Next Lock Scren also provides five app shortcuts for quick access, capable of automatically showing the apps you use most. Clever, but that’s not all.

[company]Microsoft[/company] also has a social-based travel scrapbook app called Journeys & Notes for Android. It records your travel movement, letting you jot interesting notes about places you visit. These notes can be made available to…

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