If you have a device running Android 4.2, there is literally no reason to avoid checking out DashClock Widget. This app comes from Googler Roman Nurik and it completely transforms your lock screen. Despite already being excellent, DashClock just got an update with more features.


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For those not aware, DashClock is a lock screen widget for Android 4.2 devices. It uses extensions to pull data from various sources and drops everything you select into the widget. Third-party developers can also add support for DashClock to their apps via APIs. Version 1.5 of DashClock brings a few new user-facing features to the table, including Daydream support and more detailed weather information. Developers will be pleased to learn there are new API features to make better extensions too. Here is the full changelog:

  • NEW! Use DashClock with Android 4.2's Daydream feature; great for use with desktop docks!
  • NEW! Option to specify a manual location for weather
  • Weather extension now shows high/low information
  • Calendar extension now shows the current appointment if it started in the past 5 minutes
  • Fixed a number of bugs with the Gmail and SMS extensions
  • For developers: New API features

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DashClock is worlds better than the stock widgets Google includes with Android. You can jump right from DashClock to any app you have plugged in, or simply use it as a hub of glanceable information. DashClock is inexplicably free.