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Agile Lock brings Sense 3.0-esque lock screen to all HTC EVO users

Screenshot-1311815769668 Tired of having to constanly slide tabs on your AOSP ROM? Does your HTC EVO 4G seem boring when you are sliding down to unlock on Sense 1.0?

Then you need Agile Lock, an app by SunPengfei  (creator of the popular Honeycomb-inspired Ripple Lock) that brings EVO users the best Sense 3.0-esque lock screen experience without having Sense 3.0 installed.

We all know that there are only a few devices that even run Sense 3.0 (including the EVO 3D and View 4G). For EVO 4G users, there are only a handful of stable ROMs that allow users to experience this awesome lock screen. But thanks to Agile Lock, any EVO user can experience the Sense 3.0 lock screen – heck, even your friends using not-so-cool-non-EVO Android devices can try it out too. 

For anybody wondering why Sense 3.0 lock screens are so awesome or anyone wanting to see Agile Lock in action, keep reading.

All right, this isn't technically a "Sense 3.0" lock screen (hence my use of the suffix -esque). But Agile Lock does do a beautiful job of emulating the look and feel of Sense 3.0 lock screens. 

Sense 3.0 lock screens start off by giving the EVO user an easy way to unlock. Simply flick the ring from the bottom of the EVO screen to the top and you're off and running.

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But what if you want to get to an app faster? Sense 3.0 introduced lock screen shortcuts. Agile Lock brings these app shortcuts to your EVO without the need for a Sense 3.0 ROM running on your phone. By default, the phone, messaging, browser, and camera apps are setup with lock screen shortcuts; these can be changed in the full version to apps like Facebook, Market, you name it!

In the Android Market, Agile Lock is free. However, to unlock all of the premium features of this lockscreen replacement (including changing font size and color, adjusting background settings, and changing the app screen shortcuts) you have to shell out $1.38.

But, you guys know I like to save you money (or give you the chance to win $1 million). Agile Lock lets you enable the premium features by accumulating "points." By clicking on the "Free earn points" button, you can download apps (an example is seen below) via Agile Lock that give you points. Once you accrue 300, you have saved yourself $1.38!

This is somewhat tedious and I am personally having a hell of time getting all 300 points. But, I can report that after some work I have been getting the apps to install and it wouldn't be too hard for you to get the premium features unlocked too.

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UPDATE: Some people are reporting that these apps may not be the safest! Always be cautious with what you download onto your EVO.

If you think that a Sense 3.0-esque lock screen suits you well, then the paid version may be the easiest is definitely the safest and easiest option.

No matter what, head over to the Market now and try out Agile Lock! Be sure to let us know how you think this app compares to the real Sense 3.0 lock screen.

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Sam Sarsten

Sam Sarsten is a former contributing editor at Good and EVO, which was merged with Pocketables in 2012.

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32 thoughts on “Agile Lock brings Sense 3.0-esque lock screen to all HTC EVO users

  • I’d be really reluctant downloading from that alternative market.

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  • Don’t download the apps from this, it puts porn in your browser. I’m a little disappointed with the fact that you would post this for people to check out without fully making sure it was safe. I love this website and have been reading it since I got my evo last year, this will really make me question apps you recommend from now on. At least the ones from Sam.

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  • Anyone know hot to disable the stock lockscreen on a non rooted evo 4g?
    having to unlock it twice it annoying…

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  • For those concerned, I have updated this article warning people about the sketchy option to unlock the premium features. Beside the “unlock” portion of this app, Agile Lock really is a cool lock screen replacement and I could see myself using this for awhile.

    Sorry for the inconvenience,
    Sam Sarsten

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  • I’m going to have to apologize for throwing up this article without checking to see if it was legit. I got this app and saw how cool it was, I felt I needed to get it on G&E as soon as possible. When I saw there was an option to unlock the premium features for free, I thought I would try it out. It didn’t appear to harm my phone, but we all know promotions like that involve downloading sketchy applications (which can easily be uninstalled). However, I should have warned users from the beginning. Thanks for your concern, Smith2sc, I hope I haven’t completely destroyed my ethos :) I have updated the article.

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  • I’m not sure, I had the issues happening on my rooted EVO 4G (it fixed itself). I’ll let you know if I find a solution.

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  • Avatar of Kommodore Heinz

    I have downloaded this from the Market and noticed an issue.

    If I lock my phone by way of the power button, the device will not turn back on resulting in a battery pull.

    If the device locks on its own via timeout, the lock will appear when pressing the power button.

    Anyone else having this issue? Im on CM7 Nightly’s

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  • Well I downloaded the paid app last night and love the 3.0 esque sense. It’s just like my EVO view now. As form porn popping up in my browser, I just chked and nothing. Knock on wood….I guess I licked out

    Geaux tigers!

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  • Widget Locker, anyone? It may not have the slick “3.0 -esque” ring, but it will host multiple widgets/shortcuts on the lockscreen – with or without custom tabs. (up to 10×10 I think) It does cost $2, but worth it imho.
    I mention WL because I’m still shaking my head: Earn points by clicking on ads -er- apps… and the screenshots are chinese apps?

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  • This really cool. The only problem I see is that the site to earn free points is all in Chinese so I don’t know that the apps do.

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  • I don’t see any mention of this requiring root – I’m pretty sure changing the lock screen requires root, no?

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  • I just gave this a try as it seemed pretty cool. It’s neat but had some issues. When I clicked the power button it would be on the home screen then jump to the lock screen. I tried out jumping straight to the camera which worked and was cool but then every time I did a normal unlock it went to the camera. I returned the app.

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  • I don’t know why people are complaining about pron popping up in their browser, that would save me a few steps.

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  • I understand your frustration but you, the end user need to think about the consequences when doing anything anyone tells you. What comes to mind is the whole “If your friend told you to jump off a bridge, would you do it?” You, would. And then be upset because it was a poor choice. You should have known better. Of course, Sam should have known better than to even suggest it, but He is only human.

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  • Avatar of amaults27

    I’m in the same boat. Wait a minute, new lockscreen AND free porn?! Thanks!! :)

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  • Avatar of SoFlo Easycore

    I used Appbrain which direct linked me to the free app in the android market. works perfect on my unrooted EVO. Definitely gonna get the paid version now. Thanks!

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  • Sam, no worries, whenever downloading stuff like that I make sure to pay extra attention to any side effects it might have on the phone, i went ahead and deleted the app and used astro to make sure no other stray files were left on my phone. With the tons of crazy apps in the Android Market, its kinda bound to happen with some of them. Still love G&E.

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  • Avatar of lpthomicdawg

    I downloaded the full version and didn’t get any porn issues. I just can’t figure out how to change the background pic.

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  • I still have the sense lock screen first, is this not happening to you? I am EVO 4G stock.

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  • Avatar of SoFlo Easycore

    I’m on stock EVO 4G also, but haven’t had the sense lock screen pop up at all. I was worried about that, but I guess the app took care of it for me. I didn’t do anything special at all.

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  • Avatar of SoFlo Easycore

    just go to settings under Background alpha setting and adjust it to a higher number (close to 255) the default is set at 0 which means it’ll show up as all black.

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  • I only noticed double lock screens if I killed the app with a task killer..

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  • why would a legitimate developer put crap like the points for downloading crapware in their app ??? This makes me wary of this app !

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  • Avatar of Sam Sarsten

    I think people are looking into this portion of the app too much. Don’t think I am taking it out on you, mike (I just wanted to say this). But this guy also made Ripple Lock – another really sweet lock screen replacement (he’s legit). There are places all over the web where you can get something for free (that you would normally have to pay for) by clicking a few ads. That’s all this guy is doing. He just wants to get paid (one way or the other).

    If you like to live on the edge, try to unlock the app for free (I did, and it was tedious, but pretty easy in retrospect). If you want to play it safe, drop $1.38 and live your life safely. Either way, if you don’t ever click on these options, your phone will be 100% safe.

    This is really a friggin’ sweet lock screen replacement option (that is actually pretty young and should see stability updates in the future). Let’s focus on that from now on guy, what do ya say?

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  • I got the paid version of this app and was really excited to have the Sense 3.0 style lock screen with the ring. Then I started to encounter several bugs that ultimately proved too annoying for my taste. One of my bugs was similar to what qqq1 said above. I use GO SMS Pro as a messaging/MMS replacement app and set it as one of the shortcuts. After I did that, GO SMS Pro would open every time I did a normal unlock. I found myself having to always tap the home button after unlocking. Any time that I selected the camera app shortcut from the lock screen it behaved as if I were taking a picture to be attached to an MMS message. I was not able to use the camera normally without first tapping the home button and then tapping the camera icon. And, like several others mentioned above, I frequently had to unlock the screen with the stock sense lock screen, and then unlock again with Agile Lock. This was intermittent. Another intermittent problem I had was that the volume buttons were able to sometimes wake up my phone. Even though the Agile Lock screen appeared, I could pull down the notification shade and still tap on any notification without actually unlocking the phone. This posed an issue for potential pocket dialing and such. So, I’ve uninstalled Agile Lock and gone back to my plain old Sense lock screen.

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  • Avatar of SoFlo Easycore

    My wife’s phone started doing the double lock after she turned off her phone and turned it back on. I just went into the app and clicked stop, then Start and it started working properly again.

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  • Hi Sam- i am not taking it personally- !! I just don’t understand why someone would hurt their reputation by adding this sort of “feature” to their nice app !

    i will purchase the full version and give it a shot, as i like how it looks.

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