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.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • http://kennydude.me/ Joe Simpson

    Also an open source app :)

  • Tomáš Petrík

    What I miss and is actually a deal-breaker for me, is that you can't set custom actions, e.g. launch a 3rd party weather app after tapping the weather, etc.
    Also, while it knows your location (it shows you weather for your area), it doesn't show the location. Add these two features and it will become my no.1 widget app.

    • DJTEN23

      This will solve one of your problems: in the settings of the weather widget for dashclock, toggle the Shortcut and direct it to whatever weather app you have preinstalled. The other one would be nice too I suppose. But it's free, and I love Dashclock anyways ^__^

      • AndroidUser00110001

        The default weather does not show location like this?

        • DJTEN23

          You're right. It totally does, but I don't use the weather widget for Dashclock :P

    • Chris

      Check out the settings for the weather widget, you can set a default app.

    • AndroidUser00110001

      Get the Better Weather plugin for dash clock and you will have your two missing features.

      Now if we can get the option to adjust clock font.

  • sweenish

    The settings widget is not new to this release.

  • Michael

    The 1x1 widget has been there for a while... The new option that the What's New is referring to is the fact that you can now choose to have a Dashclock Settings icon in your app drawer.

  • Eric Shen

    Does anyone know what Dashclock widget this is? It looks like a circular icon for a battery gauge with estimated time left but I can't find it on the Play store.

    • @1MPitts

      battery widget reborn

      • Eric Shen

        thank you kind sir!


      Thanks! I bought the PRO version with my 5$ amazon gift I thought would never be used.

  • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

    Man, Dat Wallpaper.

  • duse

    Still hate how the clock is left-aligned. If you choose the "Always center" option, both the clock and notifications glitch/jump around weirdly when it's expanded. The option warns you this will happen, but there's really no good reason for it. Seems like the implementation is just not done right and the dev has forgotten about the feature.

  • hocestquisumus

    I love that widget. I hate how it has problems with the calendar. As in, the integrated calendar won't read my Google calendar. 3rd party ones only show a very limited number of appointments. Come ooooon, I want to customize how many entries and for how long into the future are shown. A quick glance at my appointments is one of the most important aspect of a smartphone for me.

  • Gian

    Does anyone know what the moon icon in the status bar is?

    • Mike

      I think this is the phone sleeping with Moto Assist on the Moto G or Moto X :)

      • Cpt. Confirmation

        Yup, that's exactly what it is. Just saw that on my gf's Moto X last night and was curious.

    • CPGumby

      It can also be the phone sleeping indicator for Battery Widget Reborn, but you can see this by name by opening your notification drawer, and it will give you the option to wake up the phone.

  • TimTheK

    I felt like the older version caused a ton of problems on my Gnex. It caused freeze ups and often my phone wouldn't wake up and required a battery pull. Anyone else have issues that are now resolved?

  • Sven Andresen

    Tried to find a solution on my problem with Dashclock and lockscreen with pin-code. I have my workmail and this says I have to have a pin-kode og password on my lockscreen. This does something to my lockscreen, so I can't get my dashclock. I have a SGS 3 with now android version 4.3 (been waiting for a while now to get dashclock, and now I can't get it?). Plz help.

  • Steve Freeman

    Holy shit...I never realized it wasn't just a lock screen app until just now.

  • ff

    Where can I find a widget that also shows ram usage?

    • PAZ

      System Monitor has a Dashclock Extension that shows RAM usage.