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iPhone Feature Request: Copy ‘Skip Lock Screen’ feature from Google’s Pixel 4

Face Unlock on Google’s Pixel 4 is less secure than the iPhone’s Face ID, but it does have one feature I’d like to see Apple copy: Skip Lock Screen.

Copying that would be perfectly fair, as Google has recently confirmed that it will be copying at least part of Face ID’s Require Attention feature…


The Pixel 4 will copy Require AttentionLike Apple’s iPhone X, XS, and 11, Google’s new flagship Pixel 4 smartphone can unlock by recognizing your face. However, the company quickly came under fire when it was revealed that the device can be unlocked even when the owner is asleep, simply by someone else holding it up to their face.

With iPhones, there is a Requires Attention toggle. When this is on, your iPhone will only unlock if your eyes are open and you are actually looking at the screen. Google has now said that it plans to copy at least the first part of this requirement.

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Best Android picture collage apps for 2015

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When something awesome happens, one of the first instincts any
smartphone-toting individual has is of course, to immortalize the moment
by taking a picture. In most cases, one photo does not do it justice.

These photos then populate various social media platforms, usually in albums
for all your friends and acquaintances to see. Because posting 10
variations on a particularly well-lit selfie might (or anything similar
in theme and composition) might annoy your social followers (and cause
your Facebook friends to shake their heads and click the Hide button), photo collages are a great compromise.

For platforms like Instagram, one of the best ways to summarize a good day in full is through a photo collage, and in order to post one, you’ll need apps that’ll help you turn a photo square into a tiny scrapbook.

In order to help you compose a stunning summary of your memorable moments, we’ve rounded up the best Android picture collage apps that will minimize your social media clutter and allow your followers to get the most out of your posts.

PhotoGrid

With a very straightforward interface, you can quickly get started on
creating your first collage on PhotoGrid. Like most photo-editing apps,
it lets you edit your photo’s size and quality as well as slap on
effects like filters, stickers, text, and doodles to maximize
personalization.

PhotoGrid



PhotoGrid/Jam Kotenko

You can fit as many as 15 photographs into one
collage. The app then recommends layouts for you to use, depending on
how many photos you decide to include. With over 300 available layouts,
it won’t be hard to make your collage pop.





PhotoGrid/Jam Kotenko

PhotoGrid has an added bonus in the form of its
high-resolution export function that allows you to save good quality
images onto your device or post on various social media platforms.





PhotoGrid/Jam Kotenko

PicGrid

PicGrid is a lot like PhotoGrid in the way that it provides a straightforward
user experience. All the editing and effects tools are in one place
(that’s easily accessible at all times), and tapping on any of the
options automatically applies it onto the collage for easier previewing
and redesigning.





PicGrid/Jam Kotenko

And like most photo-editing apps, it lets you save
your finished product on your Android device or import it into other
services.





PicGrid/Jam Kotenko

PicsArt Photo Studio

Like the previously named apps, PicsArt Photo Studio has a variety of
filters, backgrounds, and other effects you can use to make your
collages pretty. The app’s best feature is a seamless photo-editing
function that allows you to tweak photos individually with ease using
various photo manipulation tools.


Pixlr


What makes Pixlr a great option for collage making is how easy it is to
apply effects and preview them in real time. Every menu available has a
bunch of options available so you get to experiment with a lot of
designs.





Pixlr/Jam Kotenko

If you're feeling a tiny bit lazy to tweak every
single aspect of your pics, the app also has a great “auto fix” function
that instantly optimizes colors and improves lighting in your photos.
You can tap “compare” to immediately see the changes. Additionally, it
has very useful tools that remove red eye and whiten teeth when needed.





Pixlr/Jam Kotenko

You can also tweak your collage’s proportions,
spacing, and the roundness of your photos’ edges and see the collection
change as you drag the levels, saving you time that’s usually wasted in
other apps when you hit the next button just to preview your edits.





Pixlr/Jam Kotenko

You can personalize your editing suite by marking your favorite effects so they show up ahead of the other available ones.

PicCollage

What actually makes PicCollage different from other photo-editing apps is
you can import your favorite videos from YouTube and have their cover
photos be part of your collage. You can also conduct a web search within
the app for photos you’d like to include as well.





PicCollage

You can double-tap a photo to apply effects, add a
border, duplicate, or set it as the collage’s background. You can also
use the scissors tool to clip the photo and outline your desired area
using your finger.





PicCollage

Doing this to a bunch of photos will maximize the
scrapbook feel of your collage. You can hit the back button to preview
your collage and tap it again to resume composing and editing it.





PicCollage/Jam Kotenko


Photo Collage Maker


Photo Collage Maker lets you use photos saved on your device, posted on your
social media accounts, and images searched for on the Web and combine
them to make a collage. It also has over a hundred layouts that you can
use, including the option to create your own.





Photo Collage Maker/Jam Kotenko

Tapping on each photo in the collage will pull up a
quick edit tool bar that only affects the image individually. You can
apply filters, crop using various shapes, apply a border, and mirror
flip the image.





Photo Collage Maker/Jam Kotenko

You can also access more editing options at the bottom of the screen that will change the entire collage simultaneously.





Photo Collage Maker/Jam Kotenko

You can edit a collage after you save it at any time.





Photo Collage Maker/Jam Kotenko

If you're new to the art of editing photos on
Android, our list of the best collage apps should get you well on your
way to photo collage greatness. Just promise us you'll go easy on the
selfies.

Illustration by Max Fleishman

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