Android/Symbian: FlyScreen saves you the trouble of unlocking, clicking and waiting for an app to open to get calendar items, weather updates, SMS messages or just about anything else by putting swipe-accessible widgets on your "lock" screen.
Anything you can grab from an RSS feed can be loaded into FlyScreen, but the developers have included a healthy set of custom news feeds in their widget gallery. What's really convenient though, are the Calendar and SMS access widgets. Click a day, and you'll see all your appointments, and your most recent text messages can be stored one screen over, without having to awaken your phone and dig into your apps.
As an experienced Android (or under-performing Symbian) probably knows, the more widgets you load into FlyScreen, the more likely you are to experience battery drain and slowdown. You can tweak FlyScreen's dependency on your system by adjusting its refresh times and limiting widget screens though, so you might find a happy medium between at-a-glance information and please-just-let-me-get-to-the-browser moments.
FlyScreen is a free download for Android and Symbian phones, requires an account sign-up to use.