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Author Topic: Widget Locker  (Read 15594 times)
jak89j
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« on: July 26, 2010, 03:12:49 pm »

If you dont have this app you should check it out.  What it does is allow you to customize your lock screen including widgets and apps.  Very cool.  Let me know what you think
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atomic2mod
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« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2010, 08:09:09 pm »

Yeah, I'm curious too! I presume you don't want anything up there that would easily activate - but since only skin can do that - no butt/pocket calls. Right?

So, what app would you put on the lock screen?
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Zeria
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« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2010, 08:39:33 pm »

If you dont have this app you should check it out.  What it does is allow you to customize your lock screen including widgets and apps.  Very cool.  Let me know what you think

Does it let you actually open widgets from the lock screen without unlocking them, or just view them? Viewing them seems logical, but accessing them doesn't since you'd be able to accidentally open them which is what the lock screen is there for. heh
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[email protected]
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« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2010, 09:33:17 pm »

I'm the developer of WidgetLocker.

WidgetLocker lets you do whatever you want. There is a setting for "Allow Interactions" which, if enabled, lets you interact with widgets and shortcuts just like on your home screen. Possibly defeating the purpose of a lockscreen but it depends on who you ask and what widgets you put there. You can also disable this and then interaction is not allowed until you enable it from the menu (The menu button can also be disabled while locked however). Or Widgetlocker has this really neat thing called Custom Sliders, which lets you place your own actions onto a slide-to-unlock style slider. You can chose one of these to be Toggle Interactions. Or you could keep your Widgets non-interactive but use some custom sliders to do things like open the camera or direct dial your girlfriend.

I'm happy to answer more questions. But you should definitely try WidgetLocker. There's a lot it can do.

More user info here:
(Droid users but they don't bite)
http://www.droidforums.net/forum/droid-applications/52809-widgetlocker-wow.html
And a nice video review from earlier today here:
http://hemorrdroids.net/?p=710 (Though he doesn't show the Allow Interactions bit)
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jak89j
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« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2010, 12:15:18 am »

  Kevin, thanks for the post.  I really enjoy this app for the quick access to some apps like navigation while your on the road, and apps like shazam for quick music grabs.  The fact that you can change your lock screen drag bar is great too.  I also like that i can change the contrast of the screen very quick when i turn the phone on.
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jpbme
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« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2010, 03:53:34 pm »

I have a question about this app...

In settings->behavior you can change the Sound slider to switch only between Vibrate and Ringer which is great, and it works for the Android Stock setup, but it doesn't work for a custom slider (It will still switch between vibrate, ringer, sound off).

Is there any way to make it work for the custom slider?

Also is it necessary to use HomeHelper? It gives a delayed response to the home button during regular use.
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« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2010, 07:15:24 pm »

Is there any way to make [ringer modes] work for the custom slider?


Yeah this is kind of not obvious and I should fix in a future version, but you when creating the custom slider change the ringer action to something else and then change it back to ringer and you'll get a choice of which modes to include.

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Also is it necessary to use HomeHelper? It gives a delayed response to the home button during regular use.

I assume the delay you are talking about is when trying to get to the all-screens view in Sense UI? This is indeed unfortunately, Sense won't respond if WidgetLocker sends the messages too fast so WidgetLocker has to pause for half a second. HomeHelper is optional, reasons to use it are described in Settings > Tutorial page 3 or http://www.teslacoilsw.com/widgetlocker/faq
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jpbme
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« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2010, 07:38:21 pm »

Great, thanks!!

I'm not too concerned about the 5 second rule... but having the home button disabled on the lock screen would be nice. I hate that delay though, it's not that long a delay but with a phone so fast it feels like forever!

Nice app though!
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ReemH
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« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2010, 11:14:50 pm »

Definitely one of my favorite apps.  It allowed me to put a widget called extended controls on my lock screen.  Extended controls allows you to create at customized widget that controls nearly every setting on your phone from bluetooth to the mobile hotspot and with widget locker you can do this without unlocking the screen.  It also allows you to control your volume rocker without unlocking the screen and the custom slider is great.  I created a custom slider that launches my camera and qik right from the unlock screen.  When you choose one side to be camcorder it let's you default it to your camcorder or qik, your choice.  And of course, being able to immediately launch shazam can be very convenient.
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neags23
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« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2010, 01:14:11 pm »

I'm intrigued by WidgetLocker, but I'm curious what benefits it might have over simply removing the lock screen via NoLock.

I suppose there's custom sliders, but you wouldn't really need those with NoLock.  Just wondering if anyone has tried both and could outline some pros and cons.
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RnFstRuckHrd
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« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2010, 02:17:00 am »

I am a recent "rooter" of my One and since then I have been experimenting with custom ROMs, new lock screens etc. I have found a lot of great new customizations but WidgetLocker is high up on the list as one of the best! (No - you do not have to have root access to use WidgetLocker). I was also a skeptic of getting this app, with my major concerns including the price tag, effect on battery life and smoothness of functionality. After taking the leap and giving it a shot I was pleasantly surprised. I fortunately had the benefit of having root access so I have not had any issues with "home-helper" and such, all I did was disable the 5-second rule from advanced menu (must have root access to do this) and its running like a charm. I immediately gravitated to the "iPhone look" for my slider (see screenshots below). I was also extremely happy with the degree of customization I could achieve. As WidgetLocker is a "always running" process, it defaults to have an icon in your notification bar - BUT this is easily removed from the advanced menu (THANK YOU KEVIN for giving us this!). I am not sure how other One handsets are running WL but as for me, it works GREAT: battery-life has not been affect as far as I can tell, I have a completely customized lock screen (simple, yet functional) and it is stable. In short WELL worth the $2.99. I am happy to pay for apps that are backed with great development :-)

For the record I am running an HTC One X (duh!) with Fresh One 3.4.0.1 ROM (baseband radio 2.15.00.09.01) on Stock kernel and running LauncherPro. Rooted using UnrOneked.

UPDATE: I have discovered that I will still see the stock lock screen in between unlocking with WL and keying in my security PIN. It is crucial to realize that this has been bypassed if you still use HTC Sense! In other words, this is only an issue if you are using WL with a launcher app (such as ADW.Launcher or LauncherPro)Kevin addresses this in his FAQ so please read it! As you can see above, I am using LauncherPro (thus I have the pesky stock lock screen after unlocking WL and before keying in PIN). As much as I enjoyed using LauncherPro - I have found that I would rather have complete use of WL in Sense, than have to sacrifice the functionality of WL to the eyecandy of LauncherPro. In all honesty, the "tweaked" Sense UI that comes with Fresh One 3.4.0.1 is very nice so it was not that tough of a decision to go back! ;-) I will post new screenshots tomorrow after reverting to Sense UI

Another Update: As promised, screenshots of WL after going back to HTC Sense (dropped the LauncherPro). Still running Fresh One 3.4.0.1 by Flipz (same baseband and still stock kernel). You may notice the lock screen changed a bit - added a custom slider on the left to take me directly into my camera. Makes it much more convenient to take advantage of the great 8MPx camera.
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BRICKCITYPIMP124
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« Reply #11 on: December 16, 2011, 06:04:23 pm »

does widget locker even exzist anymore?
i search for it and cant find it.
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