Feb, 18 2013

DashClock Widget has quickly ascended to the throne as one of our favorite apps since it arrived on the scene last week. It’s an app which gives you a simple and beautiful widget to place on the home-screen and lock-screen of your Android 4.2 phones and tablets. The app was created by Googler Roman Nurik, and its biggest claim to fame has been its open-source goodness.

Nurik designed the app to allow third-party developers to hook into it so that they can provide their own plugins to show up alongside the rest of the pre-built widget options. We saw this functionality taken advantage of quite early with the latest version of Falcon Pro, and now another app has decided to join in on the fun.

LevelUp Studio has created a small plugin for the widget that will pull the amount of unread tweets, mentions, and direct messages from Plume, the company’s Twitter client. You can get a collapsed and condensed looked at this information, or get a more fleshed out experience which includes the content of the latest tweet. Like we advised when similar features were added for Falcon Pro, this won’t revolutionize or change your Twitter experience but it certainly doesn’t hurt to have.

While we’re still on the subject of DashClock, the app has gotten a very nice upgrade recently. Version 1.2 adds a whole host of new features and bug fixes. For starters, you can adjust the background opacity of DashClock Widget when it’s placed on the home-screen, you now have an option to have the date and time centered at all times, you can further customize shortcuts for the clock and weather, there’s a new home-screen shortcut that can take you right to the widget configuration screen, and localization for German, Russian, Spanish and French has been added.

As for bugs, Exchange calendar support should be working correctly, a bug that caused the weather not to load for some regions has been fixed, and a few “common crashes” have also been resolved. That’s a whole lot of app for a whole lot of nothing, so be sure to download it in the Google Play Store and give it a try if you’re on an Android device with 4.2 or higher.

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