If you're currently dissatisfied with the selection of lockscreen widgets for Android 4.2 devices, a fantastic new entry from Android Engineer Roman Nurik just hit the Play Store. It's called DashClock Widget, and it's one of the cleanest, best-integrated widgets we've ever seen.

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DashClock Widget combines many of the most common widgets – Gmail unread count, weather, calendar, missed calls, text messages, and alarms – into one clean, sophisticated, customizable widget. The clock is the only thing that's static, so you can choose which "extensions" should be displayed. And if you want to remove one, you can swipe it away in the settings menu.

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While the clock may be the only static part of this widget, it's still customizable. There are five different variations to choose from, as well as three different looks for the date. Of course, they all blend in beautifully with stock Android, keeping it all very streamlined and unified.

DCW is also open source and there's an API, so developers can create their own extensions, making it even more powerful. If you're a developer, you can get the source and find out more about the APIs right here.

DashClock is completely free, and you can get it by hitting the widget below.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://twitter.com/peteriles Peter Iles

    Does anyone know how to make the widget center align? Mine only wants to hug the left side of the screen...

    • http://twitter.com/melhiore Martin Wojcik

      You can move widgets on the lock screen. Just tap&hold till "remove" will appear and you can move widgets around...

      • Gregory

        Goto the dashclock settings, > Advanced > always centre

    • PhilNelwyn

      AFAIK, you can't (for now).

  • mattdonders

    This is definitely nicer than Cronus or whatever the CM team is calling it these days. Definitely going to give this a try - thanks AP!

  • Reginald Spence II

    Cameron, you need to spend more time with your inbox...

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      haha, that's just the email from last night!

      • Reginald Spence II

        Whoa, Mr. Popular here. Lol. Nice.

  • bat0nas

    Ultimate question: works with PIN lock or not?!
    As you all know - if PIN lock is enabled, you can't swipe to left or right.

    • Jay W.

      Yes, works with PIN

      • http://twitter.com/bat0nas Tomas Misevičius

        How to enable it?

        • Terry Steed

          I think there are different permissions depending on your Exchange server. I am not able to use DashClock with mine either.

    • PhilNelwyn

      What do you mean?
      I have no problem swiping with the PIN lock enabled...

      • http://twitter.com/bat0nas Tomas Misevičius

        Seems that if you have Exchange email confgured and PIN lock requirement via the Exchange policies, you cant configure lock screen widgetss.

        • PhilNelwyn

          Oh, ok... I didn't think it was about something that specific.

  • Mr. Mark

    can you change the font color? what if you have a light-colored background and cant see the font?

  • http://twitter.com/philipleaper Phil Leaper

    Beautifully executed. This should be held up as an example to other widget developers.

  • NuLLnVoiD

    Great...one more cool looking feature that most of us can't use cuz the OVERWHELMING MAJORITY of us are not running 4.2. Hell, most users are just now getting to ICS. I mean it's great that something like this will be waiting for me when I can renew later but holy crap; why are devs concentrating on stuff that most of us are unable to use?

    • fritish

      Maybe because the devs have 4.2 and were frustrated that there wasn't a widget with features they wanted? 4.2 is growing in users, as each version did before it. And when more people get devices running 4.2, these developers will welcome them with a better ecosystem that takes advantage of the capabilities.

    • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

      Because whining.

    • http://www.facebook.com/archercc Ryan Stewart

      Get a Nexus.

      Seriously, get a Nexus. Otherwise stop bitching. You get "features" that some OEM decided was useful, they wont apply an update until they can add those "features" to that update. You knew that when you signed up. Its hardware you are buying, the OEM really just owes you that it works during the warranty period using the version that was installed when you bought it, and it sure as hell isnt up to the devs to live in the past because of it.

      I had JB on my GNex and I have it on my Nexus 4. Yeah, I dont get the limited "dual screen" function from the GS3 but I know that my phone will be up-to-date for the next couple of years, provided some new hardware doesn't tempt me before then.

      • Ulrik Djurtoft

        Nexus is no longer enough, I have a Galaxy Nexus running 4.1.1, with no ETA on new updates, which is kind of frustrating.

        • Dreamcasting

          Galaxy Nexus + Which Carrier?

          • Ulrik Djurtoft

            No specific carrier, the common western european model, yakjuxw. Current ETA for 4.2.1 says Q1, they decided to skip both 4.1.2 and 4.2, because of the massive delays.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1312291338 Tim Miller

            You can switch your build very, very easily to get on to Google's US update cycle. Google it. There's a million threads on XDA.

          • Ulrik Djurtoft

            I know, but then I'll lose my warranty.

          • http://www.facebook.com/archercc Ryan Stewart

            Everyone was able to guess Verizon because they are famous for delaying updates.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1312291338 Tim Miller

          As a Nexus device, flashing 4.2.x on to your Verizon variant is as easy as pie. If you're too lazy that's great, but why should developers cater to the lazy?

          • Ulrik Djurtoft

            I am not too lazy to flash it, but I hold my warranty dear.

          • http://www.facebook.com/archercc Ryan Stewart

            When Google published the Sprint images I just unlocked the bootloader, pushed it via ADB (its signed) and then re-locked the bootloader. Other than the fact that I was updated before everyone else there was no evidence I had done anything. And a month later when Sprint finally pushed the same update there was nothing different between my phone and one that just came off the shelf.

        • http://www.facebook.com/archercc Ryan Stewart

          Well it is not since Google gave Verizon the cold shoulder. Although Verizon is to blame since they dont share sources for the CDMA radios. That is why Google passed on supporting them for future Nexus devices.

          Hell, Sprint is on the same tech and even they beat Verizon to the punch.

      • samikhan 13

        So everyone who wants this specific apps should just throw away there devices(most of which are better then nexus) and buy a nexus so they can use this app, what a genius idea.
        What I don't understand is why the devs would develop this for a version of Android with the least number of users shouldn't they be going for a bigger user base like the ics because with the current speed of updates more then half the user's won't be able to use this app till next year.

        • http://www.facebook.com/archercc Ryan Stewart

          Well, for one the devs arent cherry picking which version has the least number of using. They are developing for the version with the APIs. Lock screen widgets only work if you have a phone that supports lock screen widgets in the first place.

    • Brian

      Does this widget work on older versions of Android using widget locker?

  • DT

    This may be a silly question but... Is there a way to have it completely transparent? Without the dark transparency I mean

    • Dowdie

      it's in the dash clock settings, 100% transparent

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1312291338 Tim Miller

    Freakin' awesome. I love it. Only thing I'd like to see added is Google Voice support since I push all of my texts through it (yes, I still use the app itself - I like the syncing!).

  • didibus

    Very nice and open source, I might give it a shot at adding my own extensions!

  • helnice

    He should (you if you read this) make a shortcut to the actual clock.apk when pressing the numbers. Shortcut for setting up alarm/timer bla bla bla. Elegant tho'!

  • MeCampbell30

    Free and good? Rare combo.

  • Mike

    This is exactly what I've been looking for every since I got my 4.2 update last week

  • OcdMan!

    Great widget!

    In my opinion, only thing that is missing is the style of the stock clock: ... the colon character isn't there :)

  • OcdMan!

    Great widget!

    In my opinion, only thing that is missing is the style of the stock clock: BOLD_HOURS:NON_BOLD_MINUTES... the colon character isn't there :)

    (Sorry about the previous post, Disqus isn't very accepting of angle brackets)

  • Melissa Peterson

    @cameronsummerson:disqus Any.DO just added DashClock integration with a new update today.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000779020091 Dushyant Chogle

    With all these extensions coming up , the main problem will be Screen space running out for the stock dashclock extensions.