None, app is completely free.
DashClock, one of the two apps made by Google’s Roman Nurik, is a widget for your Android device meant to be used on Lock screen. But thanks to its great API and the fact that it’s open source, allowed developers to build extensions for DashClock, making it truly a must-have app for all Android enthusiasts.
Google introduced Lock screen widgets to Android in second iteration of Jelly Bean, the Android 4.2. As the name says, it allows you to put widgets on your lock screen, to get information without even unlocking the phone. Pretty neat, isn’t it?
Well at first there were very few widgets that you could place there, and most of them were useless. Luckily for us there are plenty of developers out there that not only have good development skills, but great ideas too. One of those ideas is DashClock, that lets you fully utilize the lock screen widgets.
Upon installing DashClock, you won’t get an icon on your homescreen or even your App drawer.
Instead to use DashClock you’ll have to add it as a widget to your lock screen or homescreen. If you want to use widgets like DashClock on your homescreen first make sure you’re running Android version 4.2 or newer.
Secondly depending on your device and ROM (software) you’re using you’ll have to enable lockscreen widgets in settings. The location varies by device. For example on devices running CyanogenMod it’s located under Settings > Lock screen > Custom widgets.
The first thing you’ll be presented is the extensions settings. From here you can change which notifications will appear in DashClock and their order. From the overflow menu (3 dots) you can change the settings for each notification. The best part of DashClock is that you can easily extend its functionality, but more on that later.
There are few more options in the settings that you’d like to change, the first one being appearance. You can change how the clock looks (bolded, bolded hours, no colon etc.). Same applies for the date. Then there is a daydream feature, that looks pretty solid, especially if you have a charging dock for your phone.
Under Advanced you can change the shortcuts, transparency and few other things.
Tap on the check icon. That’s it. This is how it looks when you have no notifications currently.
Tapping on clock (and unlocking screen if you added it to lock screen) will lead you to Clock app, while tapping on weather will search Google for weather. You can change these actions in advanced settings.
There are no more settings or something you could do with DashClock alone. But as mentioned earlier, the best part of DashClock is that its code is clean and it’s easy to make new extensions for it. There are plenty of extensions for DashClock out there, but one of them is a must. DashNotifier.
DashNotifier allows you to add any app’s notification to DashClock. WhatsApp, Hangouts, Viber, you name it. It’s extremely easy to add new apps, and it looks quite good too.
After installing, from the DashClock menu tap on add another extension, choose Dashnotifier 1-10 and inside select the app. That easy!
It would be great if the developer added the functionality of this extension to DashClock, but for now you have to download an additional “app.” I don’t expect any updates to hit DashClock anytime soon, but only time can tell.
Google is killing lockscreen widgets in Android L, so in the future we can see a decline of usefulness for DashClock. However you can still use it on your homescreen, and it’ll take long before majority of devices are updated to the new version of Android.
The specific tablet design is not exactly needed for this app, as it works well with single design for all devices.
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- Easily create notification widget on your home/lock screen
- Completely free of charge/ads
- Expandable with extensions
- Would be good if DashNotifier was built in the app
- Could use some additional clock and date designs