If there was ever a reason to use lock screen widgets, DashClock is it. This app from Google Engineer Roman Nurik creates a cool widget for your home or lock screen that can show data from multiple apps. It has been a while since it got an update (v1.5 was back in June), but v1.6 is out now with some nice tweaks.

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Here's the changelog for your perusal:

  • NEW! Visibility and color customization options
  • NEW! Visual design tweaks
  • NEW! New options for accessing DashClock settings
  • Weather extension reliability improvements
  • Fixed a few bugs related to the Gmail and SMS extensions

In the advanced appearance options, you can now specify the background opacity and text/icon color used by the widget. The only choices for colors are black and white, but it should help you match the widget to your aesthetic a little better. The clock can also be hidden now.

All the new settings can be independently set for the home and lock screen versions of DashClock. A 1x1 settings widget makes it easy to access the settings without jumping back to the lock screen too. Not bad for a free app.