We’re very happy to announce the release of HD Widgets 3.5. This free update features a massive refresh of the Glass Gems widgets and gets us one step closer to the new widget packs. Weather is also seeing some improvements with new features and minor bug fixes.
What’s New? Here’s the quick list:
- massive widget cleanup / redesign
- 20 new layouts + 2 new size groups
- local time & date in weather screen
- improved weather icons
- greater accuracy for locations manually added
- widget preview activity cleanup
- flashlight bug fixes
- LG calendar support
- sdk 16
We were planning this to a basic update with a couple of new layouts, but once the redesign started it was clear this would be a big one. We’ve added over 20 new layouts including the new Bar series which allows the clock to go full width and be background-free. For the upcoming theme packs we needed to add two more size groups to the primary app: 2 x 2 and 4 x 3. We also needed to start testing the new text clocks since they will be key to the new themes.
Regarding the new permission(s): we didn’t ask for them – they’re just part of the new Android sdk and are now required for existing features.
The weather screen now shows local time & date so it’s much easier to keep in touch with friends and colleagues around the world. We’ve also revamped location detection which should fix some tough but obscure bugs.
Hopefully this won’t be too disruptive. Some people freak when designs are changed, so we made sure not to change too much. We just got rid of a lot of old ideas and cleaned-up for our future.