Monday, October 11, 2010

Clock Issues

I have to apologize for the issues that people have been having after the latest updates with the clock.  I was trying to prevent the clock from freezing.  However the new update type ended up creating issues with the settings.  When I tried to fix the issues with the settings, it seems that the issue was latent, at least in my environment, so I was not able to catch it.  I will be rolling back to the original service version tonight.  I have yet to find a reasonable fix for the freezing issue, I will continue looking.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

I'm Back

I've been on vacation for Labor Day.  I'm back now and I have a list of issues and enhancements I want to make on both widgets. So hopefully there will be some updates soon.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Digital Clock

While I was figuring out all of Android's preference framework, I developed a simple digital clock widget.  It has a simple background that can be turned off.  You can also enter a format string for both the time and date.  Here are a few common format strings:

  • 24 Hour: HH:mm
  • 24 Hour (no colon): HHmm
  • 12 Hour: hh:mm a
  • Date Options: 
    • E: Numeric day of week
    • EEE: Shortened day of week (Wed, Thur, etc.)
    • EEEE: Full day of week (Wednesday, Thursday, etc)
    • d: Day of month
    • M: Numeric month
    • MMM: Shortened month (Jan, Feb, etc.)
    • MMMM: Full month (January, February, etc.)

Tuesday, August 31, 2010


In the next few days I will begin rolling out themes for the Pro version of the Signal Strength Widget.  To start with I will be creating different colored skins.  As I get more time I will be developing true themes that have a....theme (sports, movies, music, etc).  Please leave any theme ideas in the comments or email them to me.

Update (9/1): Themes are getting close, the settings are setup, I just need to work on updating the UI once the theme is changed.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Signal Strength Widget Pro Version

Several people asked for configurable options.  I added that ability in a "Pro" version of the widget.  The following is a list of the configurable options and what they do:

  • Show Background
    • Displays/Hides a background image for the widget
  • Show Operator
    • Displays/Hides the operator name
  • Show dBms
    • Displays/Hides the numeric signal strength indicator
  • Use Generic '3G' Indicator
    • Instead of displaying the specific technology used (i.e. Ev for EvDo, U for UMTS, H for HSPA, etc) the widget will group all 3G technologies into a group and just display 3G.

Both widgets are still very much in beta so please be patient and send me any enhancements or issues that you find.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Signal Strength Widget v0.1.4

I was surprised to find out that there were no decent widgets for showing signal strength in the Android market. I was not able to find any widgets that provided all the functionality I was looking for so I created my own. Here is what I created:

Feature List:
  • 10-bar visual signal strength
  • Numeric signal strength (dBm)
  • Network Operator
  • Data activity indicator
  • Network Type indicator
  • Supports Android 1.6 - 2.2 (hopefully...I have 1.6 so I have only been able to do much testing on that platform).

Update:  Updates are mostly to the UI.  Everything was moved to a more portable UI layout.