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New Quick Window lockscreen widgets from the LG G3 leaked

LG G3 Widgets

LG G3 Widgets

If you’ve not had enough of the LG G3 leaks already, Evleaks has a new one. The image you see above is apparently of the wide range of lockscreen widgets that the smartphone is launching with. And since the G3 is expected to support the Quick Window cover with a circular opening, all the widgets will be shaped similarly.

What we see here are the usual array of lockscreen widgets, including a screenshot of an incoming call. It is evident from the image that LG wants to maintain a minimalist user interface as has been rumored on numerous occasions.

The smartphone is roughly a week away from launch now and we’ll expect to hear more about it in the coming days. As it stands right now, the G3 is clearly one of the hotly anticipated devices of the year. The fact that it will be one of the first handsets to come with a 2K resolution display has only acted as fuel to the hype and anticipation.

The rumor mill has suggested that the latest LG flagship will feature a 5.5 inch 2K display, a 13-megapixel camera with OIS+, 3GB of RAM, Android 4.4.2 KitKat and a 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 chipset.

Source: Evleaks

Beautiful Widgets Version 5 Released, Adds Full Jelly Bean Support

LevelUp Studio has just announced the release of Beautiful Widgets 5, which is a brand new version of their widget suite. Some new features in this latest version include full Jelly Bean support, including rich notifications, along with Android 4.2 specific features like lock screen widgets and the “Daydreams” feature. LevelUp Studio has also added a visual refresh button to many of their widgets and apps. As you can imagine, this has been a pretty big update, especially with the addition of a new forecast app and theme store. Users will be especially excited for the theme store, as there are endless amounts of widget customization options.

There are plenty of high-definition widget app’s out there, but you really won’t find the variety of customization anywhere else except for Beautiful Widgets. If you didn’t know, Beautiful Widgets has been the Google Editor’s Choice for a bit longer than a year now, and it’s actually been the #5 paid app in the Android Market (now Play Store) for the past three years. Hopefully that gives our readers a little bit of an idea how popular and robust this widget suite is. If you have $2.50 to shell out, I highly suggest taking a look at this suite before checking anything else out. With the new update that just released, this is truly one of the most robust widget suites on the Play Store right now.

Has anyone picked the Beautiful Widgets update yet? How are you liking it? Let us know in the comments!

source: Play Store

Review: HD Widgets

Available On: Android

Price: $1.99

Download: Google Play

HD Widgets by Cloud.tv is one of the best ways to customize your weather, clock and switch widgets. It is highly customizable and is currently the best widget app that is currently out on the Google Play store. It does have a price point of $1.99 but it is worth it if you’re looking for nice high definition customizable widgets. HD Widgets has also been nominated for Editor’s Choice multiple times on Google Play. Not only that but the developer often puts HD Widgets on sale for a dollar off very often. If you come across a sale you’ll only be paying $0.99 for the widget package.

Honestly, if you’re tired of the widgets that come with your phone along with widgets that come with weather and clock applications, HD Widgets has you completely covered. Every widget you make with HD Widgets to put on your home screen is fully customizable. You’ll be able to change the color, font, border and style of the clock. You can also choose whether to give it a background to make it fit the theme of your phone. The plus to the background drop is that it also shows the date, current weather and etc. If you’re wanting just the clock you can easily get rid of the weather part with the touch of a button.

Yes, the backdrop is also completely customizable. Again, you’ll be able to customize the fonts, colors, borders and style of it so it fits the theme of your phone or just your personality. If you’re going for a crazy color or style for your widget, that works too. HD Widgets honestly is the most customizable widgets that I have ever seen. Not only that, but the widgets are designed in high definition so they also look pretty slick and stylish.

Clock and Weather widgets isn’t the only thing you can add to the screen. You can also add switches and customize those too. First, you can choose what you want the switch to do. This could monitor your battery level, turn the Wi-Fi on and off, turn your GPS on and off and really any shortcut you could possibly think of. Of course you can always change the color of the switch along with its style to once again, fit your personality and/or theme of the phone. To me, this app is well worth $1.99 and with the constant updates it may very well be worth more than that to me.

Overall, they did a fantastic job and I am really, really enjoying this package. You could be sitting down and customizing your widgets for quite some time before deciding on something because of how many options it has for you to choose from. I should also note that different widget sizes are available too. This allows you to have widgets for your tablet without having to purchase a second application to do that specifically.

I’m really impressed how well done these widgets were. The high definition is a very nice addition to the stock widgets you get with your phone if not a replacement, even.

 

Essential Widgets

One of my favorite features in Android is the ability to use widgets to help display information that is vital to me.  I’m guessing there are thousands of different applications that come with built-in widgets.  The two that I am focusing on today are not part of an app…they are stand alone products that offer exactly what I need when it comes to reviewing phones.

Signal Strength Widget

The Signal Strength widget has been one of my best finds over the course of this past week.  I have been testing the Samsung Infuse 4G on AT&T the past few days.  One of my biggest gripes is the fact that H+ is always showing in the notification bar regardless of the 3G network I am connected to.

Instead of constantly checking: Settings – About phone – Status to find out the network that I am actually connected to I just use the widget.  Every piece of information I could need is found on the 1×1 widget.

The widget is broken down in to 10 bars (easy and quick to judge), dBm levels, and an icon denoting GPRS, Edge, 3G, HSPA, EvDO, 1xRtt depending on which network your phone is on.  Currently LTE or CDMA eHRPD are not represented yet.  I was unable to test whether or not WiMax was represented either.

JuicePlotter

Android 2.3 Gingerbread finally brought a very well designed battery monitoring solution.  When checking the status of the battery Google added a nice graphical representation of battery life and what has been using the battery.  On all the versions prior to Gingerbread the battery statistics reset themselves upon rebooting the phone.  Unfortunately that makes it nearly impossible for me to accurately report back to you the “real-world” battery times if this information is missing.

JuicePlotter allows me to keep a running total of battery life through multiple days, showing me which connections have been using the most battery, if my CPU has been running full speed, and even what temperature my phone has been running.

JuicePlotter can show increments between 30 minutes and 4 hours, the values are changed by swiping up or down.  The graph is broken down into the following options:

  • Analytics: On/Off – if this is off, nothing is tracked
  • Battery: Battery level (running totals)
  • CPU: Rough clock speeds
  • NET: Network usage
  • Temp: Temp
  • 24 hours: Shows just the past 24 hours

Intro to Android – Settings

Welcome back to our ongoing series, Introduction to Android. Our purpose is to demonstrate basic features of the Android Operating system for new users. Today I am going to give a brief demonstration of the basic settings for phone. I will show you the access for wireless controls, brightness, volume, etc. and the fastest way to access them. Enjoy the video!

If you have any suggestions about the next Intro to Android Segment – email me at [email protected]!

Weekly Segment – Intro to Android [Widgets]

By Russell H. Sr. Editor TDG Online

The android community has been exploding with new users every day. All over the place I am seeing people with every kind of Android phone, and everyone is using their new handhelds just a little bit differently. Then I realized that very few of these people have a “seasoned” android user to show them all the tricks and treats to these amazing devices. Android offers more then enough for everyone, and the operating system is easy enough that everyone from my 2 year old to my 84 year old Grandmother are able to use these phones. It’s with that in mind that The Droid Guy is now hosting a weekly segment – Intro to Android. This segment will offer a new tip every week to using your brand new Android phone. We will be doing examples from every UI, and every phone. Plus, the tips will be easily accessible from the Intro to Android tab in our navigation, and an Intro to Android section has been added to our Youtube Channel. Let’s get started!

Widgets. A very funny word for a very useful tool, one that truly separates Android from the rest. A widget for nearly everything is either included in an app you downloaded, or available in the Android Market. This video demonstrates how easily and quickly select and place your Widgets.

For any questions, comments, or if you are interested in contributing to Intro to Android, please contact [email protected]