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If there is one unique thing the HTC Sense UI brings to the table, it's definitely the clock/date/calendar widget. You know the one I'm talking about:

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HTC most certainly brought the sexy, and those of us running alternate launchers (Launcher Pro, ADW, etc) or using phones without Sense, were getting kind of jealous. The solution came in the form of an app called Fancy Widget which mimicked the Sense widget almost to a tee, while adding a host of handy options:

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Unsuprisingly, Fancy Widget got very popular, and HTC ended up sending Android Does, the widget's developer, a cease and desist order. Android Does complied and removed the app from the Market, promising, however, to rebuild it from scratch and re-release it with an updated UI. This brings us to present day.

Fancy Widget Version 2

On October 25th, a completely redesigned and rearchitected version 2 of Fancy Widget hit the Android Market. The UI is now different and unique in a certain way - it no longer copies Sense but is as functional and easy to read as before. Check out the features and our screenshots below:

  • Beautiful digital clock with customizable date and time format
  • Weather with nice looking icons
  • Celcius and fahrenheit temperature
  • Geolocation for weather forecasts, or search city by name or zipcode
  • Configurable refresh intervals
  • Automatic sunset/sunrise time calculation
  • Tap on the widget to launch the application of your choice
  • Landscape mode support
  • Multiple screen size support (e.g., QVGA, HVGA, WVGA)
  • Multiple language support

The new FW (v2) features our own design of a digital clock and a set of weather icons, but the difference does not stop there. Actually, we have re-written a large portion of the original code, so the new version should be more stable and adapt better to different devices.

If you have used the old FW before, you may notice that the new version has more features too.

On a side note, some of you may still like the old FW and are hesitant about updating to the new version, fearing that you will lose the old version. Well, don't be. The new version of FW uses a different package name, and therefore it is a new app in the market.

You can actually install and run the new version alongside the old one, so you get the chance to decide which one you like better. We strongly suggest that you try out the new version and hope you'll like it.

Screenshots

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Download

Mash this QR code with your finger if you're on your mobile or scan it with Barcode Scanner otherwise:

QR code for https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.anddoes.fancywidget

P.S. You can find download links to the old Sense-lookalike version of Fancy Widget by utilizing basic Google search skills.

Source: Android Does blog, Appbrain

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • dethduck

    I'll stick with Beautiful Widgets. This doesn't offer anything I don't get from BW. Over a year and nothing has been worth replacing it with.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Fair enough - Beautiful Widgets is a very worthy opponent. The only difference is - BW is a paid app that costs >$2 and FW is free - this will matter to some people.

      • Donato Orlando

        The price mattered to my coworker when I was telling her about beautiful widgets yesterday. She loved it until I told her the price, so we searched for fancy widgets on her phone since I knew about it from before, but I was pretty sure it was off the market and found this new version last night.

  • http://blog.iangclifton.com Ian G. Clifton

    This new version is pretty slick, especially when you disable the background so it blends well with live wallpapers.

  • tommy

    which launcher are you using? i have ADW and am looking for a galaxy style launcher with the 4 or 5 icons instead of the 2

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      That's Launcher Pro.

    • Dolly

      You can do that with ADW too. Click the Menu button, go to ADW Settings, the UI Settings, enable secondary Left Action Button (LAB) and Secondary Right Action Buttons (RAB). You can add whichever ones you want after this.