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Microsoft launches four new Android apps

Microsoft Next Lock Screen app for Android devices
Next Lock Screen
The new set of apps coming from the Microsoft Garage project includes a screen lock app and a voice-controlled game that supports up to eight players.

While Google may not release any Windows Phone apps anytime soon, the Redmond giant's Garage project has a few interesting Android apps to show off already. The Microsoft Garage project website has four new Android apps featured on its front page, including a voice-controlled game and an alternative to the default Google Android lock screen (and those countless other choices).

These are the four new Android apps by Microsoft:

  • Next Lock Screen - includes SMS and missed calls notification, appointments, even a space where favorite apps can be arranged and launched directly
  • Bing Torque - Android Wear app that searches using Bing instead of Google and starts the voice search after a twist of the wrist instead of the notorious "OK Google" voice command
  • Journeys & Notes - social location-tracking app that allows you to connect to other people who visited the same places
  • Voice Commander - a combination of a real time strategy game and a top-down shooter that can be played by up to eight players using voice commands

All these apps will be freely available through Google Play Store soon.

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Codrut Nistor, 2014-10-23 (Update: 2014-10-23)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.