Israeli startup Cellogic, makers of the fine FlyScreen software, have spent the last 8 months or so developing a custom version for the Android platform to complement their currently Symbian-exclusive version. Today, the company is debuting the private alpha version of the Android -compatible program, and we have 1,000 invites to offer for those carrying around HTC phones running Android 1.5 (it works on the Samsung Galaxy too but is less optimized for that particular device).
So what’s FlyScreen?
Essentially, a collection of expandable widgets that comprise syndicated content (such as TechCrunch) and small apps that hook into Twitter, Facebook etc. You can use it to fetch the RSS feed of your favorite blogs, and thus be able to quickly access previews of published content, tag articles for later reading or share posts on Twitter and/or Facebook in just one click.
Nothing too out of the ordinary, but here’s the cool part: like with the Symbian version, Cellogic has managed to bolt FlyScreen on top of the lock screen, effectively turning a fairly useless screen that slows you down from accessing your favorite content and apps into a mini Web OS from which you can access your favorite blogs, the weather report, your Twitter account etc. almost instantly after turning on your phone.
Wanna give it a whirl? Simply head on over here and if you’re among the first 1,000 readers to enter the promo code “techcrunch” you’ll soon get an e-mail with a link that’ll take you to the appropriate download page.
Try it out and let us know what you think.