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.
If you're running Android 4.2, odds are pretty good that you have also installed Roman Nurik's popular lock screen widget, DashClock Widget. Now, thanks to the new method of running beta tests in the Play Store, you can also try out the latest features and improvements before they officially launch. By joining this program, test versions pop up as if they were regular updates.
The setup process is quick and painless. Simply perform these 3 steps:
- Join the DashClock Widget Community on Google+ (note: some people have been having trouble joining communities this weekend as the Join Community button doesn't seem to do anything, but what seems to work is searching for a community name and joining it then).
When Roman Nurik's DashClock Widget hit the scene right at six-weeks ago, it became a favorite widget for anyone on Android 4.2+ almost instantly. For good reason – it's one of the most powerful, customizable, and best-looking widgets we've seen in quite a long while. Adding to its already-impressive functionality, there have also been a slew of extensions show up, making it even more powerful.
If you've been curious what's in store for DashClock on an official level, though, Nurik recently took to Google+ to talk about fixes and new features, as well as show off Daydream support for an upcoming build.
We've all been there – it's dark, you drop something, need a little help finding your keys, or simply want to know what you just stepped in. Naturally, you reach in your pocket, pull out your phone, and hit the power button. The screen instantly becomes your flashlight. Of course, there are plenty of apps that can also toggle the camera's LED flash, which makes a much better flashlight than the display. One such widget, however, brings this functionality directly to everyone's favorite lockscreen widget: DashClock.
DashLight is quite simple in nature: it's just a toggle. Hit it, and the flash turns on.
The Play Store has been off to a great start in 2013 – January saw the introduction of some brilliant apps like Carbon Backup and Pushbullet, and February followed up with some great entries of its own. From widgets to root apps to content creation tools, February had something for just about everyone. As always, we'll take a quick look at five of the very best apps we saw in the past month.
When it came time to decide which apps made the cut for the best of February, DashClock was a no-brainer. The widget, developed by Googler Roman Nurik, is – simply put – awesome.
Pushover, a "simple push notification service" that essentially allows web services, scripts, and a lot more to send notifications to your mobile device, got an update recently to version 1.6 (and soon after, 1.6.1), which brought on a couple more nifty features.
Namely, the update brings support for DashClock, the popular clock/information widget that has gained immense support in its first few weeks of existence. Now DashClock can show you how many Pushover notifications are waiting for you.
The update also brings support for the lauded Pebble Smartwatch, allowing the gadget to receive forwarded notifications, provided you've got the Pebble app, and the watch is paired with your phone.
It took almost no time for Roman Nurik's DashClock Widget to explode, and dozens of apps have been adding support for the almost-infinitely customizable widget in the few short weeks that it's been out. We've already seen additions from apps like Any.DO and PushBullet, as well as a slew of independent extensions.
Today's extension from GoneMAD Software – the creator of GoneMAD Music Player – is a simple one, but could be useful for some users. It's called DashClock Music Extension, and it... shows the currently playing music in DashClock. Unfortunately, DashClock itself doesn't yet support integrated buttons, so the extension merely shows the track info and nothing more.
Roman Nurik's DashClock Widget has seen remarkable adoption since its release earlier this month, with a handful of apps quickly adding their own DashClock extensions in a bid to populate your lock screen with useful information. Joining the list today is PushBullet which, in an update to version 9, added a DashClock extension that will let you know how many pushes await you before you unlock your device.
Besides the DashClock extension, PushBullet will now play your device's default notification tone when you receive a push, and has new localization for Italian and Dutch users, along with a couple of other tweaks.
More DashClock extensions? Well, people are pretty excited about the functionality DashClock brings. So yes, more DashClock extensions. The AnyDash extension actually opens up a world of possibilities by piping notifications from any app into DashClock. There are a few caveats, but it looks like everyone's favorite clock widget just got much more useful.
AnyDash has to be registered as an accessibility app before you can use it. This allows it to sweep up notifications from the Android system and display the appropriate icon in DashClock (nothing nefarious going on here). All you have to do is pick the app you want monitored and choose an icon.
DashClock is definitely the flavor of the week. Developers are falling all over themselves to build extensions for this multi-talented clock widget, and here's an interesting one. Whether you use DashClock on your lock screen or home screen, the new DashClock Facebook Extension could save you all kinds of frustration.
This app is simple – it displays your unread messages and notification count on the DashClock widget so you don't have to pop open the Facebook app as often. You will need to have the DashClock app installed, but Facebook itself is actually optional. You'll log in via the extension and can set the refresh interval from there.