The first TouchWiz version of Android 4.2 has leaked today over at SamMobile for the Galaxy S3, giving us a look at how Samsung plans to incorporate the new features that came in the newest version of Jelly Bean. At first glance, it’s most definitely still TouchWiz as you know, but Samsung did manage to sneak in all of the goodies you’ve come to know. (more…)
It took me a while to come around to the idea, but I’m ready to admit that I’m a fan of lock screen widgets in Android 4.2. Introduced back in October, I originally thought, “What’s the point? Can’t you just unlock your device and then get to home screen widgets? This seems redundant.” And now, I’m utilizing at least five of them, some of which I use regularly. I’m also using more widgets on lock screens than I am on home screens. Weird, right? Let’s talk about why. (more…)
When Google introduced Android 4.2, they announced an old feature, but in a new way. Once you were running this new version of Android, you had the ability to add select widgets to the lockscreen of your phone. In the past, you had always been able to utilize the widget power of Bugdroid on home screens, but expanding to your lockscreen gave you a new world of possibilities. Funny thing is, that third party lockscreen replacements have allowed this for years, so some of us were already used to the idea. For those not, this guide is for you. (more…)
The Beautiful Widgets 5.0 update that was teased a few weeks back, is now live on Google Play. The update introduces an entirely new app, with new UI, Jelly Bean notifications, lockscreen widget support, independent weather and clock widgets, and more. It has been some time since this insanely popular widget app received a major overhaul like this, and so far, we’re really liking it – even the lockscreen widget. (more…)
I’ve been pretty open and honest about my thoughts on lockscreen widgets in Android 4.2. To be short – they don’t make a lot of sense to me, and I’m not a fan of the way the new lockscreen works. I was satisfied with the one button, sliding mechanism, something that has now been replaced by a separate Google Now shortcut and a camera screen that requires a full swipe. That’s right, you now have to worry about 3 or 4 different actions from your lockscreen rather than one button that does them all. (more…)
We got our first-hands on with the Nexus 4 device today, but one thing it did lack was an OTA update that brings a few Android 4.2 features that many are looking forward to, namely lockscreen widgets. The OTA update has since gone live, and of course, Kellex is not home. He was able to sneak away from his dinner table just long enough to go hands-on with the newest feature and put it on YouTube for us catch a glimpse of.
So much for that post this morning about GO Locker when WidgetLocker is dropping bombs like this. In the latest update for the most popular lock screen app on the planet, we get a massive list of new toys. Most notably is the Ice Cream Sandwich lock screen that works flawlessly while making you almost feel like you have the new OS running on your device. Couple it with all of those ICS tweaks we gave you last week and you might actually trick someone into believing it.
Android 4.0 lock screen isn’t the only big time addition here though. How about the Honeycomb and Sense 3.0 screens as well? Or the new clock that you can see featured in my shots above? A new UI interest you? One of the best app updates I have seen in a while. Nice work TeslaCoil team.
Cheers someone that I can’t seem to find now!
The GO Launcher team tossed out an update today that included a handful of goodies including two new screen transitions and a new theme preview UI. On top of that though, they also released GO Locker, which is their take on a lock screen replacement. Just know that you will need GO Launcher installed to use this new add-on (similar to all their add-ons) that so far has 4 or 5 options to use as your lock screen theme. Some give you the ability to jump straight into your phone, text app or camera. The only down-side I’m seeing so far, is a lack of options for you to really customize it with. Can’t even change the background of the lock screen yet? Hmmm. Still, worth a look since it’s free!