One of the best features to come out of Android 4.2 was the ability to add widgets to your lock-screen. However, there hasn’t really been much to show on it, apart from a clock, the calendar app, and some other apps having a go at making widgets. DashClock, however, have done a proper job and produced one of the best lock screen widgets that exist as of now.
Of course, this app doesn’t just stop at the lock screen either. It can also be used as a widget on your regular home screen.
The concept is simple. Every time you look at your phone or tablet, the lock screen shows up, and that will provide you with various bits of information as you deem suitable. DashClock just manages to do all this with a very well designed UI, integrating perfectly with the whole Android system.
By default you can show the clock, your local weather (picked from Google Now), your unread emails (from Gmail), your missed calls, texts, your next alarm, and your next appointment, which is picked up from Google Calendar.
All these show perfectly and on the Nexus 7, you can view up to three of these at a time, though you can add as many as you like. To see more, you have to scroll through them, which isn’t a bad feature. Extensions can be sorted up and down as you like, and they can removed by swiping left or right.
As far as customization goes, you can change the transparency levels, the appearance of the clock, centre the widget, etc.
What really sets this widget apart is the choice of extra extensions available. A simple search for DashClock on the Play Store gives you a couple of pages of extensions, and they feature everything from a widget for Facebook and Whatsapp, to widgets for notes, task manager, calendars, world clocks, sports news, RSS readers, and so on and so forth.
One very useful widget I found was the battery widget, which not only gives you the exact percentage of battery left, but also gives you the battery temperature and voltage. While these numbers may not mean much to most people, for us nerds they are quite cool. Also, if you are not charging and your Nexus is not using the battery, there is a good chance that the temperature shown is that of your surroundings, or very close to it.
Overall this is a must have app for anybody who is fortunate enough to have a device with 4.2 and no external UI on top. For its all round performance, the ability to customize, as well as the number of extensions available on this, I’ll rate it a 5/5.
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