Echo Notification Lockscreen is considered as one of the go-to lockscreen replacement apps if you’re not happy with your lockscreen or you need a bit more bling to it. Imagine our surprise when we found out that they have a new owner. Yep, it was confirmed that Microsoft has just officially purchased Double Labs who are the developer of the lockscreen app. This is in addition to Microsoft’s already released Next Lock Screen Android app which offers similar features and functionality to Echo.
By now you’re probably asking yourself “Why two lockscreen apps?” Well, the answer is rather simple according to Microsoft Chief Experience Officer Julie Larson-Green. She explains that the goal behind this is to elevate productivity to the next level. Many of the features unique to both these apps will also be implemented in Windows 10, Office and any other Microsoft product that is able to send out notifications. As such, in order to properly implement these features into Windows products, Microsoft can release unique features to the third-party apps first so the company won’t accidentally ship half-baked features to the millions of Windows users out there.
Microsoft has done some pretty interesting stuff with their Next Lock Screen app, so it shouldn’t take too long form them to spruce up Echo as well
Launched in 2013 with offices in Palo Alto, California, Echo Notification Lockscreen reportedly received between 1 million and 5 million downloads.