If you’re unhappy with the new lock screen widgets introduced with Android 4.2 (many are), there is now a great alternative available for you! DashClock Widget, created by Android engineer Roman Nurik, is easy to set up, and a simple and elegant addition to your lock screen, giving you all the information you need without even having to unlock your phone!
Extensions featured in the current version of the app include:
- Current weather
- Missed call count
- Unread text messages count
- Next calendar appointment
- Unread Gmail inbox or priority inbox conversations count
- Next scheduled alarm
You are, of course, free to choose between any and all of the above options.
The best part about this app is that not only is it free, but also completely open-source, which means that developers are free to play around with the app and add their own extensions and features. Anyone interested in doing so can check out the source code here.
It’s very easy to customize and set up the DashClock Widget, and Android Authority’s own Clayton Ljungberg explains the simple process in the video below:
You can download the DashClock Widget for Android 4.2
The only catch with this app is that you’ll need Android 4.2 Jelly Bean running on your device, as that is the only iteration of the OS that supports lock screen widgets. Android 4.2 is currently available only on the latest Nexus devices, but if you own any of these devices, check out the app and remember to share your experiences in the comments section below!