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Beats Music update brings widget, social interaction

If you’ve been enjoying Beats Music, the music streaming service is about to get a lot better. An incoming update brings a much needed widget, and improves the way you track the listening habits of friends. Offline listening and downloads have also been fixed, according to the change log.

 

Beats now allows you to find and follow your Facebook friends via their service, and has better Facebook and Twitter account management. The Sentence, Beats’ unique music suggestion feature, also has “thousands of new tracks”.

The widget is a much needed addition, likely making it a go-to player for many rather than a nice app. If you weren’t happy with playback using Beats, they’ve also fixed that — though they didn’t note what changes they’ve made. Social, and with a good music suggestion protocol, Beats’ widget brings them back into attention.

The update is rolling in now, so be on the lookout for it if you’re using Beats. We like it for what it is, but even with a widget, it has some catching up to do to be in the league of some incumbent services.

Source: Play Store

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My Verizon Updates With 3 Widgets, Randomly Asks for Root Access

My Verizon Updates With 3 Widgets, Randomly Asks for Root Access

Verizon’s My Verizon app received an update today that introduced three widget styles. You may recall that Verizon finally brought back their auto-refreshing data widget to this app a few weeks back, but this time they are giving you choices in how that data is displayed. You can view your data consumption through a bar, half-circle meter, or simply as a number.

To switch between widgets, you’ll have to grab the single widget entry in your widgets menu. Once added to a screen, you can tap on the widget, then hit the Settings icon in the top right corner to tell the app which widget to display. 

On a related and confusing note, at least two readers have mentioned that after the update, My Verizon is asking for root permission. I’d imagine this is some sort of mistake on the developer’s part, but then again, this is Big Red so you just don’t know. You may want to deny the app root privileges, just to be safe.

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Cheers sdny877 and Brady!

My Verizon Updates With 3 Widgets, Randomly Asks for Root Access is a post from: Droid Life

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Google Play Newsstand updated with a hot widget and mini card view

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Google has pushed out a few updates to its Android apps today, and after Search and Hangouts comes Play Newsstand. Having come together as an amalgamation of Play Magazines and Google Currents, Newsstand's latest update brings us a couple of neat new additions including the pretty hot looking homescreen widget we see here. 

The default widget size is 4×3, and it's pretty darn nice to look at. You just get one article at a time with a big old image, the headline and where and when it came from. To cycle through your most recent stuff, tap the down arrow in the bottom right corner and you'll keep on going until you run out of things to read. 

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Google Hangouts Widget Lands in the Play Store

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An unofficial Google Hangouts widget just landed in the Play Store, and I say unofficial because it isn’t from our Google devs. An XDA developer just released this new widget in the Play Store today, and anyone that used a text message widget, but was unable to utilize it because of the Hangouts integration, can now have it back.

The widget is very clean, and easy to set up. Just do your normal thing when it comes to adding a widget to your homescreen, and everything will be right as rain. Only thing you have to do extra is make sure your notification access has the widget checked. So click the Play Store link below, and let us know how you like it.

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Unofficial Hangouts Widget Lands in Google Play

A developer over on XDA recently released an unofficial Hangouts widget to Google Play, helping all of those widget-happy folks who love seeing their messages on the homescreen. The widget is quite simple to explain, as it only displays all of your Hangout threads in a white and green widget, which sits on whichever screen you place it on. For those who were used to having a text messaging widget back before Hangouts handled SMS, then this should be helpful for you. 

The app is completely free, and as you’d expect from a new app, the developer is continuing to take in feedback and improve his offering. Here’s hoping we see themes or something along those lines in the future.

Go check it out.

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Via: XDA

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[Themer's Roundup] Columnists and The Essence Themes, Holozoop & Lucent Remix Icons

themers roundupLet’s dive right into this week’s Themer’s Roundup! First theme up is The Essence by animoo, who has a plethora of themes available on her MCS page, all of which are equally as beautiful, with quite a few unique and quirky themes as well. This particular theme features small hexagonal widgets for time, date, and weather. Animoo utilized Tiny Black Icons and created clipped corner frames for the icons in a 5 x 3 grid. A blurred background and polygon shapes make for a pleasant contrast between soft and sharp. Animoo has provided the necessary files and some basic instructions on how to replicate this theme, which can be found here.

themers roundupNext is Columnists by twaintyfour, for the news lovers out there. This theme is largely dominated by a three column RSS feed. Quick access to search and applications are placed at the top of the screen, as well as a shortcut to Google+, which also acts as a headline of sorts. A simple and unobtrusive indication of both battery level and weather are tucked into the corners of the image, and a square widget showing time and date mimics an initial. Finishing the theme off, are icons for phone and music, as well as unread Gmail. Columnists is created with Apex Launcher, but should be easily replicated with any launcher that allows custom grids and margin sizes, and the ability to hide the dock drawer. A Dropbox zip with everything needed for this theme is available here.

themers roundupOn to widgets. Minimal Ribbon is just that – minimal. It provides a quick view and quick access to the essentials, all within an attractive semi-transparent bar. Shortcuts for Gmail, Google+, Tapatalk, and the Play Store are also there. Unfortunately, while the hotspots themselves can be customized to open whatever app you choose, due to limitations in UCCW, the icons/images are permanent, which may be fine for frequent Tapatalk users, but I personally wish it could be replaced with Hangouts or Chrome. Minimal Ribbon is $1.15 on the Play Store, and was created by Fabian Cruz.

Holozoop
Holozoop Dark

Holozoop by Vertumus provides almost every bit of information you could want or need in one extremely versatile package. Time, date, battery, extended forecast, upcoming alarms, missed calls, texts, emails, events, day of the week, data usage, up time, free storage space. You name it – Holozoop has you covered. The widget looks especially at home on a tablet’s large screen, but graces a phone just as elegantly. Better yet, a lock screen widget is also thrown in. The widget itself can be pieced together in several parts, meaning you can use the whole package, or pick and choose. Transparent and a Google Now styled card theme – in both black and white – are your theme options. With everything you’re getting, the price of $.99 is chump change in comparison, and absolutely worth throwing the developer’s way. Zooper Widget Pro is needed for this one, and the Play Store link for Holozoop is right about…here.

Cyrcle Icon Pack
Cyrcle Icons

Cyrcle has garnered quite a bit of attention lately, for good reason. I’ve been rocking it in my app drawer for about a day now, and I find myself enjoying it more and more, despite my usual dislike of colorful and vibrant icons. There are over 1,500 icons in this set, as well as icons masking for those few apps not included. As you can see from my above screenshots, apps like Ayakashi and GBC A.D. blend in somewhat well with the included icons, but can still be picked out if you’re really looking. 32 HD wallpapers and 9 docks specifically for Nova launcher are included as well. Icon requests are easy, and can be done straight through the app itself. Developer djskarpia has an adorable Christmas version of Cyrcle for those looking to make their devices a bit more festive, and a set of 7 widgets inspired by Cyrcle was created by Infinite Designs. Cyrcle, both the normal and Christmas versions, is available on the Play Store, for $1.89 and $1.00 respectively. themers roundupI don’t know why it took my so long to stumble across Lucent Remix Icons. But goodness, am I glad I did. Developer vanessaem wows us yet again with this one, bringing over 400 semi-transparent icons and 4 HD wallpapers. The original icon pack, Lucent, is a lighter version for those that want a brighter and fresher look. Better yet, both Lucent and Lucent Remix are free downloads. There’s no reason not to snatch this one up. So what are you waiting for?

That’s a wrap up for Themer’s Roundup. Let us know your thoughts on everything featured in the comments below! Links for downloads/purchases can be found after the break below.

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Themes

The Essence | animoo | Free

Columnists | twaintyfour | Free

Widgets

Holozoop | Vertumus | $.99

Minimal Ribbon | Fabian Cruz | $1.15

Cyrcle Widgets Zooper | Infinite Designs | Free

 

Icons

Cyrcle | djskarpia | $1.89

Xmas Cyrcle | djskarpia | $1.00

Lucent | vanessaem | Free

Lucent Remix | vanessaem | Free

 

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Multiple Widgets Not Displaying On Samsung Galaxy S4

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Powerful smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S4 do not have problems running multiple apps at the same time. Thus, it goes without saying that it won’t have any issues running as many widgets as possible. However, there were a lot of users who reported that the Galaxy S4 cannot display multiple widgets.

If this problem happens to you, there’s one basic thing you should know about–the Swipe feature. Multiple widgets on the lock screen will not be displayed if Swipe is not enabled. Therefore, before you actually resort to finding other troubleshooting procedures, follow the steps below to make sure Swipe is enabled on your phone.

  1. From the Home screen, touch the Menu key.
  2. Choose Settings then tap the My Device tab.
  3. Touch Lock screen, then Screen lock.
  4. If you already have a screen lock setup other than Swipe, enter the requested security unlock information and touch Continue.
  5. Select Swipe from the list.
  6. Touch Lock screen widgets.
  7. Touch the slider Off to turn Favorite apps or Camera On .
  8. Touch Favorite apps or Camera to select which widget should be displayed. Choose either Favorite apps or Camera.
  9. Touch Save to apply the changes.

To view multiple widgets or to know if they are displayed on the lock screen, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Quickly press the Power key to turn off the display.
  2. Press the Power key once again to wake up the device in the lock screen.
  3. Swipe from the right to the left to view either your Favorite apps or Camera widget.

Customizable Lock Screens 

You can have up to four (three on select devices) customizable lock screens, which let you select a different widget to be displayed on each lock screen.

  1. From the lock screen, swipe from the left to the right.
  2. Touch Add Icon to add a new widget.
  3. Select a widget from the list. You can add one widget to each page.

Removing a Customizable Lock Screen 

You can remove any of the three customizable screens.

  1. From the lock screen, swipe from the left to the right.
  2. Touch and hold the widget until the edit screen is displayed.
  3. Drag the widget to Remove and release.

Reorder Lock Screens 

You can reorder any of the customizable screens.

  1. Swipe from the left to the right until the desired lock screen is displayed.
  2. Touch and hold the widget until the edit screen is displayed.
  3. Drag the widget to the right or left to reorder the lock screens and release.

Edit Lock Screen Widget Settings 

Some select lock screen widgets can be further customized. The Favorite apps widget, for example, can be customized to display the apps you select. To edit a lock screen widget, touch.

Tell us your problems

The solutions we provided here are based on reports and testimonies from owners who have encountered these problems. I also ask my XDA developer friends regarding some of the problems. Now if you have other problems or questions with your smartphone that you want answered, don’t hesitate to send us email at mailbag@thedroidguy.com.

We don’t guarantee a reply to all emails because we receive hundreds of them daily, but rest assured your email messages will be read by me. But I urge you to provide as much details as possible so I could easily find references and compare your problems with reports from other owners. If your problem is as common as others, there could already be solutions that exist and I would surely point you to them. Screenshots often help so attach one if you can.

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[Themer's Roundup] Beyond the Modernism Theme, Small Info, and Colourant Icons

Beyond the Modernism

Friday means it’s time to set your phone up to shine through the weekend. Let’s get to it. Beyond the Modernism is a theme with a familiar look, with it’s Cards UI based structure, with hints of Windows thrown in for good measure. However, this is the best implementation of such a setup that I’ve seen. Beyond consists of 5 screens. The home screen shows date, time, weather, missed calls, and unread texts and Gmail. You’ll also have quick access to your gallery, Google search in the top right corner, and the Maps app. The Apps screen will contain your folders, favorite apps, and also a section for commonly contacted people. A dedicated Google+ screen has a handy widget for checking notifications, and a music screen follows that, with a large widget for album art. The System screen has toggles for your most used settings, like Wifi, GPS, and Bluetooth, and also features a Gmail widget, which I find a bit redundant, but that other’s would likely find useful. Probably my favorite touch of all, when you navigate to a page other than the home screen, icons will appear in the lower right hand corner for the camera, phone and SMS, so that you always have quick access. Beyond the Modernism is a Buzz Launcher theme, and the files needed can be downloaded here.

Jhonny Tema White Leather

Need a snazzy home screen to match your new Note 3? White Leather by Jhonny Tema might just be your match made in heaven. This is a fairly basic setup, with only one screen that displays time and weather. A simple battery widget can also be found at the very bottom. There are icons for phone, SMS, camera and the browser. That pretty much wraps things up for this one. What makes it shine is the very well done leather, stitching, and shadowing. UCCW is necessary to set this screen up, and it can be found on MyColorScreen, here.

Small Info UCCW

Small Info is a pretty straightforward widget. A small square displays your missed calls, SMS, Gmail and next alarm. However, the developer took it a step further, and made it much more functional and efficient. By tapping on the icons on the left, you are defautly taken to the app in question, which may not seem all that different from what others offer. However, hotspots are customizable, and the actual number of missed notifications can also be assigned a hotspot. This enables you to, for example, have the Gmail missed count open up to your Inbox, while tapping on just the icon will launch you right into composing a new email. All text and icon colors can be changed as well, making it very easy to customize and match it to your current theme. Small Info requires UCCW version 2.1.2 or higher to function, and is available as a free download on the Play Store.

Circles Minimal UCCW

Circles Minimal features a nice 3D effect that really makes this widget stand out. To the left, the date is shown in a unique wheel setup, and current temperature and conditions can be found to the right. An analog clock is front and center, surrounded by a blue battery indicator. Hotspots adorn all three, and can be customized to launch your app of preference. Colors can also be tweaked, though I personally think it looks excellent as it is. Circles Minimal if a free download, and requires UCCW to operate.

Colourant Icon Pack
Colourant Widget for Zooper

Colourant Icon Pack is bright, vivid, and colorful, with an attention to detail that I greatly appreciate. Shadowing and a folded corner that changes position by icon, makes them unique and eye-catching. Colourant includes 36 HD wallpapers, 18 of which are either white or black, with the majority of those 18 being subtly patterned. These icons practically pop on the included black backgrounds, and they’re a welcome addition to the app. There are currently over 650 icons, and 40 icon backs have been included for those apps not yet available, so that your theme is consistent. Colourant supports Go, Apex, Nova, Action Pro, Holo and ADW launchers. The developer has also made a matching widget theme, Colourant for Zooper Widget, which includes the following:

- Digital Clock (12h)
- Calendar with Date and Day
- Weather with matching icons and conditions
- Battery which shows time remaining for discharge
- Missed Calls Counter
- Messages Counter
- Gmail Counter
- Google Voice Search

Colourant Icon Pack will run you $1.49, and the matching Zooper widget is free.

Anything in this week’s article strike your fancy? Any suggestions? Hit us up below! Links for all of the widgets, icons and themes can be found below.

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Themes

Beyond the Modernism | Andrea | Free

White Leather | Jhonny Tema/JhonnyNS | Free

Widgets

Small Info | Bryan Sinclair | Free

Circles Minimal | nb81 | Free

Colourant for Zooper Widget | GSeth | Free

Icons

Colourant Icon Pack | GSeth | $1.49

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Pinterest homescreen widget makes its way exclusively to Telefonica

Knowing that there is a growing need among its users for quick and easy discovery and pinning of things they love, Pinterest has finally released a homescreen widget for Android. Unfortunately, for one reason or another, the company has signed an exclusive deal with Telefonica, meaning that it will only be available to subscribers of its networks.

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Pinterest is part social networking service and part mood board. Users get to post images things they like, pin posts from others on their own board, follow posts or people based on themes, and the like. According to Pinterest, the service has experienced an exponential growth of 130 percent since January in Latin America and the UK, which has probably prompted it to give special, and exclusive, attention to the these markets.

With the new Pinterest Android widget, users will be able to view feeds, both their own and the most popular posts, allowing them to pin items directly from their homescreen without having to open the app itself. Pinterest has chosen Telefonica to be its exclusive partner for distributing the widget to subscribers on its various networks which includes O2, Vivo, and Movistar.

O2 customers in the UK will be the first to enjoy the new Pinterest widget by downloading it from Google Play Store. O2 UK will start preloading the widget on its mobile devices in the weeks to come, with other Telefonica territories soon to follow.

VIA: Engadget

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Pinterest locks up exclusive deal to load widget on Telefonica devices

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Widespread deal shows off international ambitions for Pinterest

International carrier behemoth Telefonica announced today that it has partnered with Pinterest to include its widget exclusively on devices for its networks. Starting today, users on O2 UK (part of the Telefonica family of companies) will have exclusive access to the Pinterest Widget through Google Play. In the coming weeks, users on several carriers including Vivo and Movistar will have the widget pre-loaded on their devices.

For those devices which don't have the widget pre-loaded, the carriers will be promoting the use of Pinterest through multiple channels in participating territories. While this may start to get annoying for users that just plain don't want it, it's a huge deal for Pinterest to work on expanding its international user base. The quickly growing social site says that its active usage in the U.K. and Latin America is up 130 percent since January.

Source: Telefonica (PR Newswire)

    



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CyanogenMod’s cLock widget makes its way to the Play Store as “Chronus”

chronusIf you’re a CyanogenMod user, you’re probably familiar with their cLock widget. The widget that allows you to display the time, basic weather information, and upcoming calendar appointments on your lock screen has made its way to the Play Store under the name “Chronus.” It’s a pretty sleekly designed widget that is a free download.

You can download the widget through the link after the break.


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CyanogenMod’s cLock widget makes its way to the Play Store as “Chronus”

chronusIf you’re a CyanogenMod user, you’re probably familiar with their cLock widget. The widget that allows you to display the time, basic weather information, and upcoming calendar appointments on your lock screen has made its way to the Play Store under the name “Chronus.” It’s a pretty sleekly designed widget that is a free download.

You can download the widget through the link after the break.


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CyanogenMod’s cLock widget makes its way to the Play Store as “Chronus”

chronusIf you’re a CyanogenMod user, you’re probably familiar with their cLock widget. The widget that allows you to display the time, basic weather information, and upcoming calendar appointments on your lock screen has made its way to the Play Store under the name “Chronus.” It’s a pretty sleekly designed widget that is a free download.

You can download the widget through the link after the break.


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CyanogenMod’s cLock widget makes its way to the Play Store as “Chronus”

chronusIf you’re a CyanogenMod user, you’re probably familiar with their cLock widget. The widget that allows you to display the time, basic weather information, and upcoming calendar appointments on your lock screen has made its way to the Play Store under the name “Chronus.” It’s a pretty sleekly designed widget that is a free download.

You can download the widget through the link after the break.


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CyanogenMod’s cLock widget makes Google Play debut as “Chronus”

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It was back in February of this year that the CyanogenMod team announced that they would be changing the name of their custom clock widget, Chronus, to that of “cLock”. This was due to the team being hit with a cease and desist letter from someone claiming to own the rights to the name.

Today, the CyanogenMod developer responsible for the clock widget is announcing the triumphant return of “Chronus”, this time available to all in the Google Play Store. The app is completely free to download and, similar to apps like DashClock, gives you a nice clock widget displaying the time, along with the weather and upcoming calendar events.

The developer promises a paid “Pro” version is also in the works, due out later this year with additional features and functionality. Have at it, folks.

[Chronus on Google Play]

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The best f—ing weather widget you can install [AC After Dark]

FWeather Widget

Sometimes a weather widget can exist simply for entertainment purposes

Everyone has a favorite weather widget that fits their style or craving for loads of information, but sometimes you want a widget that's made specifically for entertainment purposes. FWeather widget is one of those apps, and if you look closely at the picture above you can see why.

The latest update to the widget has now added a settings panel and a refresh button, which are welcomed additions. You can now tweak refresh interval, set a manual location for weather, choose what items are shown on the widget and switch to a "dark mode" if you'd like.

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Missed it! A Highly Customizable Notifications Widget for your Homescreen. [APP OF THE WEEK]

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Widgets. They are just the best feature when it comes to the Android platform. Now that is just opinion of course, some of you probably do not care for widgets, but for those of you that do, Missed It! is something to add to your homescreen to jazz it up slightly.

Missed It! has been around for a little bit, but with the updates the devs have been putting into it, it has been crafted and finely tuned into something pretty great. Other notification widgets usually just pull the look of the notification drawer into the widget, but Missed it let’s you be the artist. You can have it access pretty much any app’s notifications that you have in your device, and you can choose either a side to side look, or have your notifications stacked up on each other. After that is done, the real fun begins. You can then shape the widget to your liking, with different fonts, colors, sizes, backgrounds, etc. Let’s just say you can easily waste a couple hours when it comes to designing this widget.

If you want to give Missed It a try, you will have to fork over $1.57. Not a hefty price tag, but if you want a little more customization on your device, I would suggest getting it. Check out my video run-through below. Let us know what you think.

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CyanogenMod cLock widget released for all Android 4.2 devices

There are plenty of perks that come along with running CyanogenMod, however there are times when you cannot install a custom ROM for one reason or another. Or for that matter, there may be an app or other form of support that keeps you running stock. Regardless though, one of those CyanogenMod perks is a widget called cLock.

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Well, in a bit of good news that widget has been released for devices that aren’t running CyanogenMod. Specifically, the cLock widget is available for all devices running Android 4.2 or later. Basically, for devices that support lock screen widgets.

Anyway, the cLock widget is available from the xda-developers forums and is both free to download and free to use. You can get a look at the widget in the screenshot sitting above and otherwise — it shows the time and weather as well as any calendar appointments. There are options to customize each of those three items and you can also choose to not display an item.

For example, the screenshot you see above has the upcoming calendar items turned off. Some of the time settings include style such as the bolded hours and settings such as showing the next alarm. The weather is similar in that there are the expected options such as the update interval time and location, but you can also choose to show the location and also use metric.

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The calendar has quite a bit of options available. Here you can choose to turn this off or on and also which items to display. Some of the settings include being able to choose which calendars are shown, how far the app should look ahead, to hide all-day events and more. You can also adjust the font colors throughout the widget.

That all being said, those looking for the cLock widget can grab it using the xda-developers link sitting below — just make sure you are able to download and sideload apk files because this one is not in the Play Store.

VIA: xda-developers

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Box for Android update includes new UI and widget

box_androidPopular cloud based service Box just received a big update to its Android app. There’s a brand new user interface to the home screen, which includes a sliding navigation panel on the left and refreshed icons. Now that settings are in that menu, the overflow menu button brings options like refresh and sort. A new thumbnail view also makes it easier to look for the file you’re trying to find.

The update also brings a resizable Box widget, which shows a scrollable list of file updates for your account and gives options to refresh and add new files right from the widget. You can download the updated app through the link after the break.

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Action Launcher 1.8 lets you choose widgets, improves support for Ice Cream Sandwich

Action Launcher

Action Launcher today has dropped Version 1.8 on us in Google Play, bringing with it a few welcomed improvements. You're now able to choose which widget you want associated with a Shutter action (that's the one where you swipe an app icon to open its widget), which gives you far better control over what's being shown. It also lets you associate any widget with any icon, whether or not it actually is supposed to have a widget. Neat trick.

And because of the way that works, you're now able to use Shutters with Ice Cream Sandwich devices. More backward compatibility is always a good thing.

Look for the Action Launcher update in Google Play any time now (hit the link above, or just go to Google Play, where it should be listed as a Featured App soon), and be sure to check to the changelog and demo video after the break.

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Poweramp Music Player gets a major widget update

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New album art options and additional languages also make it into the latest update

Poweramp is seeing some pretty significant changes in the widget department for version 2.0.9-b528. Homescreen widgets are now fully customizable: the background, text, icons, and buttons can now be completely configured to the user's liking. For anyone that doesn't want to spend the time tweaking every aspect of a widget, up to 15 premade styles are also available to choose from. Existing widgets don't have to be trashed in favor of a fresh one when something needs to be tweaked; tapping the top right of a widget reopens the configuration screen. Phones can now resize widgets that are 4×4 and 2×2, while tablets running Android 3.1+ can change the size of any widget.

Album art gets a 24-bit RGB option, which means higher color resolution (but uses twice the memory). For older Androids, a Notification Album Art option was also added. A new Disable Route Output Button setting and support for Arabic and Vietnamese round out this update.

Follow the Play Store link up top to view and download the latest version of Poweramp Music Player.

    

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Poweramp Music Player gets a major widget update

Poweramp

New album art options and additional languages also make it into the latest update

Poweramp is seeing some pretty significant changes in the widget department for version 2.0.9-b528. Homescreen widgets are now fully customizable: the background, text, icons, and buttons can now be completely configured to the user's liking. For anyone that doesn't want to spend the time tweaking every aspect of a widget, up to 15 premade styles are also available to choose from. Existing widgets don't have to be trashed in favor of a fresh one when something needs to be tweaked; tapping the top right of a widget reopens the configuration screen. Phones can now resize widgets that are 4×4 and 2×2, while tablets running Android 3.1+ can change the size of any widget.

Album art gets a 24-bit RGB option, which means higher color resolution (but uses twice the memory). For older Androids, a Notification Album Art option was also added. A new Disable Route Output Button setting and support for Arabic and Vietnamese round out this update.

Follow the Play Store link up top to view and download the latest version of Poweramp Music Player.

    

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Poweramp Music Player gets a major widget update

Poweramp

New album art options and additional languages also make it into the latest update

Poweramp is seeing some pretty significant changes in the widget department for version 2.0.9-b528. Homescreen widgets are now fully customizable: the background, text, icons, and buttons can now be completely configured to the user's liking. For anyone that doesn't want to spend the time tweaking every aspect of a widget, up to 15 premade styles are also available to choose from. Existing widgets don't have to be trashed in favor of a fresh one when something needs to be tweaked; tapping the top right of a widget reopens the configuration screen. Phones can now resize widgets that are 4×4 and 2×2, while tablets running Android 3.1+ can change the size of any widget.

Album art gets a 24-bit RGB option, which means higher color resolution (but uses twice the memory). For older Androids, a Notification Album Art option was also added. A new Disable Route Output Button setting and support for Arabic and Vietnamese round out this update.

Follow the Play Store link up top to view and download the latest version of Poweramp Music Player.

    

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PowerAMP Updated With Lots Of Widget Tweaks (Reconfigurable Widgets!), New Languages, And More

unnamedPowerAMP, my music player of choice, has just been updated with a number of new features and fixes, the most exciting of which to me are the addition of reconfigurable widgets and widget management. You can now tap the top right corner of a PowerAMP widget to go to a new management UI where you can customize and completely change it without the need to remove and recreate it from scratch. Neat, I’ve been waiting for it.

The other changes are less exciting – here’s the full changelog of v2.0.9-build-528:

What’s in this version:

- each widget type now have selectable predefined styles and can be further customized/saved/exported/imported/shared
- widgets can be re-configured by pressing top-right corner (2.2+)
- 4×4 and 2×2 are now resizable on phones, all widgets – on tablets (3.1+)
- Disable Route Output Button option
- Album Art/Use 24-bit RGB option
- Look and Feel/General/Notification Album Art option for old Androids
- Arabic (BLueBLaze, mohjif)/Vietnamese (alienyd, robot_boy_tn, thanhtai2009)
- few issues fixed

Grab the update in the Play Store and switch up your widget style for a change.

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PowerAMP Updated With Lots Of Widget Tweaks (Reconfigurable Widgets!), New Languages, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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APP OF THE WEEK: NewsQuical! News ticker Widget

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Widgets are an awesome little feature in the Android platform, but as our beloved OS gets better and better, when will we start seeing some awesome animated widgets? Well we will first start with this one.

NewsQuical is a nice little news ticker widget, that brings some life to your homescreen. It is kind of reminiscent of any of the news broadcasting station out there, that have current news tickering across the bottom of the screen. It is not anything super extravagant, but it is a step in the right direction.

Setting up the widget is easy. Once you find a spot for it, you will then be able to pick the news topic, background color, update frequency, and animation type. News topics include, World, U.S., Business  Tech, Entertainment, Sports, Science, Health, and Spotlight. You cannot mix the topics unfortunately  but you have more than one on your screen. Colors range from, black, white, blue, green, pink, and yellow. Each one of those colors has a translucent version as well, just to add a little flavor to it. You can also choose a transparent background if you are not in need of any more color on your homescreen. If you do not want the news to ticker across the screen, you have the option to choose the fade in animation type. Still fancy, but not as pleasing to the eye.

The main reason that animated widgets are tough to come by, is the fact of screen lag. I have gotten no screen lag from this widget. Only problems I have had, were sometimes the widget would just get stuck on the first news article. Rarely would happen though. Occasionally, it would have to reload as well, but I did not find it to be that much of a nuisance.

NewsQuical is free in the Play Store. If you are a widgethead like I am, I would highly suggest giving this widget a whirl. Hopefully we will be seeing more animated widgets in the future. Check out my review video of the widget below. Let us know wat you guys think about it.

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Agenda Calendar for Android gets long-awaited widget

Agenda Calendar for Android

Resizable, and as stylish as it is simple, the Agenda Calendar widget makes this app an easy recommendation

It's a good day for those of you who have waited on a widget for the excellent Agenda Calendar. (Be sure to check out our full look at Agenda Calendar.) We now, in fact, have a widget. Actually, it's a resizable widget, which any self-respecting widget connoisseur knows is the best kind of widget to have. 

And this is what it looks like. Not a whole lot more to say about it — it's a big black-and-white widget with some colors thrown in depending on the calendar sync. Tap a listing to see it in Agenda, and hit the big + button in the top right to add a new event. Tapping a day (or date) opens that day in the Agenda app.

You could argue that there's a little wasted space here. But, truth be told, the Agenda widget looks a little different on different launchers. In the example above, we've got it set as a 4-by-3 widget on top of Action Launcher. By default, you get a 2-by-3 widget. And the spacing is different on, say, the Nexus 4. So you might have to futz with it a little.

We've been using the Agenda Calendar widget for a couple days now in place of our old standby, Pure Calendar (Agenda). This one's much simpler to set up, but that also means it's not quite as full-featured. That's not really a strike against it, though. There's much to be said about that simplicity, and the overall design is more sophisticated.

All in all, this is a $1.99 that's definitely worth trying out now.

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Agenda Calendar for Android gets long-awaited widget

Agenda Calendar for Android

Resizable, and as stylish as it is simple, the Agenda Calendar widget makes this app an easy recommendation

It's a good day for those of you who have waited on a widget for the excellent Agenda Calendar. (Be sure to check out our full look at Agenda Calendar.) We now, in fact, have a widget. Actually, it's a resizable widget, which any self-respecting widget connoisseur knows is the best kind of widget to have. 

And this is what it looks like. Not a whole lot more to say about it — it's a big black-and-white widget with some colors thrown in depending on the calendar sync. Tap a listing to see it in Agenda, and hit the big + button in the top right to add a new event. Tapping a day (or date) opens that day in the Agenda app.

You could argue that there's a little wasted space here. But, truth be told, the Agenda widget looks a little different on different launchers. In the example above, we've got it set as a 4-by-3 widget on top of Action Launcher. By default, you get a 2-by-3 widget. And the spacing is different on, say, the Nexus 4. So you might have to futz with it a little.

We've been using the Agenda Calendar widget for a couple days now in place of our old standby, Pure Calendar (Agenda). This one's much simpler to set up, but that also means it's not quite as full-featured. That's not really a strike against it, though. There's much to be said about that simplicity, and the overall design is more sophisticated.

All in all, this is a $1.99 that's definitely worth trying out now.

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Agenda Calendar for Android gets long-awaited widget

Agenda Calendar for Android

Resizable, and as stylish as it is simple, the Agenda Calendar widget makes this app an easy recommendation

It's a good day for those of you who have waited on a widget for the excellent Agenda Calendar. (Be sure to check out our full look at Agenda Calendar.) We now, in fact, have a widget. Actually, it's a resizable widget, which any self-respecting widget connoisseur knows is the best kind of widget to have. 

And this is what it looks like. Not a whole lot more to say about it — it's a big black-and-white widget with some colors thrown in depending on the calendar sync. Tap a listing to see it in Agenda, and hit the big + button in the top right to add a new event. Tapping a day (or date) opens that day in the Agenda app.

You could argue that there's a little wasted space here. But, truth be told, the Agenda widget looks a little different on different launchers. In the example above, we've got it set as a 4-by-3 widget on top of Action Launcher. By default, you get a 2-by-3 widget. And the spacing is different on, say, the Nexus 4. So you might have to futz with it a little.

We've been using the Agenda Calendar widget for a couple days now in place of our old standby, Pure Calendar (Agenda). This one's much simpler to set up, but that also means it's not quite as full-featured. That's not really a strike against it, though. There's much to be said about that simplicity, and the overall design is more sophisticated.

All in all, this is a $1.99 that's definitely worth trying out now.

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APP OF THE WEEK: GramWidget. A Widget for your Instagram

GramWidget Instagram widget

Instagram has become a very popular application in the social media world, and I must say, I prefer it much more than Facebook. I think  a lot of people would agree with that. I actually have a few friends that have deactivated their Facebooks, but jumped on the Instagram bandwagon. Anyways, being the widgethead that I am, I decided to search for an Instagram Widget. Did not take me long, and I bring you GramWidget.

GramWidget is a simple to use Instagram widget, that allows you to see your pictures right on your homescreen without having to open the actual app. When first placing the widget on your homescreen, you will sent to a configuration menu, where you will sign in, set the frequency refresh rate, set your theme, and select which kind of pictures you want to be displayed. You can display popular pictures on Instagram, your own pictures, or just the people you follow. Different theme colors are there for your choosing, and once placed on your homescreen, you can resize to the fit whatever screen space you want it to. The widget itself will have buttons such as, a scroll button, settings button, and if you click the picture, you will be given the option to open up the actual Instagram app.

Overall I like this little widget. I do wish it was scrollable like the Chameleon launcher widget, but it still looks good to me. It is free in the Play Store, so why not give it a shot? Check out my brief video review below, and let us know how you like it.

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APP OF THE WEEK: GramWidget. A Widget for your Instagram

GramWidget Instagram widget

Instagram has become a very popular application in the social media world, and I must say, I prefer it much more than Facebook. I think  a lot of people would agree with that. I actually have a few friends that have deactivated their Facebooks, but jumped on the Instagram bandwagon. Anyways, being the widgethead that I am, I decided to search for an Instagram Widget. Did not take me long, and I bring you GramWidget.

GramWidget is a simple to use Instagram widget, that allows you to see your pictures right on your homescreen without having to open the actual app. When first placing the widget on your homescreen, you will sent to a configuration menu, where you will sign in, set the frequency refresh rate, set your theme, and select which kind of pictures you want to be displayed. You can display popular pictures on Instagram, your own pictures, or just the people you follow. Different theme colors are there for your choosing, and once placed on your homescreen, you can resize to the fit whatever screen space you want it to. The widget itself will have buttons such as, a scroll button, settings button, and if you click the picture, you will be given the option to open up the actual Instagram app.

Overall I like this little widget. I do wish it was scrollable like the Chameleon launcher widget, but it still looks good to me. It is free in the Play Store, so why not give it a shot? Check out my brief video review below, and let us know how you like it.

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