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Take a look at the new lockscreen widgets coming with Android 4.2

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Take a look at the new lockscreen widgets coming with Android 4.2
Windows Phone 8 demonstrated a pretty neat idea during its recent official launch presentation, namely lock screen notifications and live wallpapers that push relevant info of your choosing, like real-time Facebook updates or sports scores, immediately to your eyeballs after unlocking the phone.

Great idea, but what's even better is that Google is implementing something similar in Android 4.2, by using its all-powerful widget system. You can choose from a few to be displayed on the lock screen now, including a camera widget, which will no doubt speed up your interaction with the phone.

The initial widgets there are displayed full screen, including scrolling abilities, so you can quickly check new email or calendar reminders by swiping between them left and right without even unlocking your display, for instance. There are privacy implications, of course, with such personal info front and center, but if you don't want it displayed, simply don't put those widgets there.

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posted on 13 Nov 2012, 09:02 15

1. Peter27 (Posts: 233; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


nice!

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 09:08 17

2. _Bone_ (Posts: 2125; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


It is only the beginning, Google Now!, lockscreen widgets, Miracast, Android is going places. Next stop - and gimme thumbs up if you agree - a fullHD Google Nexus phab.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 09:12 4

5. wendygarett (unregistered)


+1 for you :)

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 09:08 6

3. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 384; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)


Anybody else think this whole lock screen just looks bad?
I mean I love android, the way they've designed all of thus doesn't seem the nicest

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 10:25 3

11. Valdomero (Posts: 121; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


I agree with you, I know that Google wants to be innovative, but this is just wrong, privacy is neglected here.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 18:42

22. hwaism (Posts: 10; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)


Agree.. one of the reason to lock screen is protect privacy!

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 09:09 8

4. wendygarett (unregistered)


Looks innovative...
But I rather keep all my widget into the homescreen :)

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 10:50 3

12. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Yeah , widgets on the lockscreen feels weird to me .
Luckily i can be disabled

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:34 1

15. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Depends on the widgets tho, some can be useful like the clock or some other stuff

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 02:04

24. notor (unregistered)


clock comes in every phone by default

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 09:25 1

6. Commentator (Posts: 2394; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Cool but hardly new. Several Android overlays have been doing this for a while now, including HTC Sense and WidgetLocker.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 09:32 4

7. drdaly (Posts: 34; Member since: 09 Nov 2012)


Not attractive idea for me i think i'll pass

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 09:59 3

8. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


From someone who's always on the go, I think this kind of overcomplicates things...

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 09:59 3

9. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


isn't this just a homescreen without the shortcut for the app drawer?

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 10:18 2

10. Valdomero (Posts: 121; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


They'll remove this feature eventually, not useful nor practical at all. I don't want people to read my e-mails, that's why I lock my cell phone, to avoid people from seeing my personal information. Displaying such information in the lockscreen overrides privacy measures.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:39

17. blazee (Posts: 270; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


Didn't the video explain that if you have a password that you will have to put that code in before you can view the widget? Also you don't have to use this feature if you don't want to. I see no reason why this feature would ever be removed

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:42 1

19. Valdomero (Posts: 121; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


IMO, apps that contain private information like messaging and e-mail should not be displayed like this.

It would be very different if only the apps like clock, calendar (without the tasks displayed, just the calendar for quick reference of the dates), music (although is personal is not going to harm you in any way if somebody take a look at your phone), calculator or other task-oriented apps were displayed in the lockscreen.

I just dislike the idea of that lockscreen feature and trying to share my concern for privacy issues.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:55

20. Valdomero (Posts: 121; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


yet it prevents anyone to access the e-mail body message, you can still see the headings. just saying...

Anyhow, depends on whether the user wants to use this feature or not.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 10:57 2

13. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


Do something apple! Do something fast! This thing is amazing.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:26

14. speckledapple (Posts: 879; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


I like the implementation the most as being able to do things quickly is always a plus. Great job.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:40

18. RapidCat (Posts: 351; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


For who did not like the widget lock screen.
Easy just dont use it. And stop complaining.
Some people love it and hate it or simply don't care
Thats why google always give you choice

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 18:18

21. MC1123 (Posts: 1240; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


looks good!

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 19:37 1

23. Edmund (Posts: 654; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


google adds yet another layer on top of the other 2.

Sorry but android is seriously flawed when compared to WP8.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 05:56

25. Jonathan41 (Posts: 527; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


*drool*

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