We just released HD Widgets 3.7 in the Play Store with new widgets made for Android 4.2 lock screens. We added a mix of clocks and “side widgets” options depending on which kind of device you’re using – phone or tablet. We’ve successfully tested on the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10.
Lock screens allow up to 5 widgets at a time. To scroll through widgets simply swipe across the screen from left to right. The first one is your primary widget which will almost always be clock of some kind. The remaining ones are side widgets and are meant for quick reference.
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Five New Widgets for Phones
Lock screen widgets on phones have two states: collapsed and expanded. The collapsed state is the default and non-interactive. When the user swipes down on the widget it will expand to fill the screen and become interactive. When you scroll through side widgets they will be displayed in expanded view by default.
For phones we added three primary widgets and two side widgets.
The primary widgets feature a large, readable clock with minor variations. When expanded, two widgets will reveal utility switches to make it easy to change settings without digging into your device. The Text Header widget will show current weather and your choice of 5-day forecast or 5 switches.
The new side widgets are Weather and Switches. Weather will show current weather & location, as well as a 5-day forecast when expanded. Switches are a basic 5-row of switches and doesn’t change when expanded.
Ten New Widgets for Tablets
Lock screen widgets are significantly different on tablets when compared to phones. Tablet widgets only have one size: big.
There is no collapsed state, so only side widgets are interactive; the primary one isn’t.
For tablets we made eight primary widgets and two side widgets: Weather & Switches. The primary widgets are all clocks but with varying amounts of extra information depending on how full you want your lock screen.
We pushed out 3.6 only a few days ago with a fun new feature: text color. You can now change the text color in any of the widgets. This isn’t a complete feature right now; I need to enhance it later since it will be fundamental to Colourform.
We put these together kinda quick so you guys would have something to try. There’s a few UX details we skipped, such as the redundant battery when the device is charging or hiding Next Alarm when none is scheduled. We can tie those up later. I also significantly reduced the number of background skins available for these. By tradition, lock screens are pretty minimal so we tried to stick to that.
We aren’t planning to much more time into these right now since we’re so close to finishing the first theme pack. If there’s a garish bug or layout issue we’ll fix it. Otherwise 3.8!
[Updated 11-19-12: switches do work on the primary tablet widget, so we made changes.]