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

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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24 Comments

1. Peter27

Posts: 233; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

nice!

2. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 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.

5. wendygarett unregistered

+1 for you :)

3. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 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

11. Valdomero

Posts: 698; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

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

22. hwaism

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

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

4. wendygarett unregistered

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

12. thelegend6657 unregistered

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

15. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

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

24. notor unregistered

clock comes in every phone by default

6. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

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

7. drdaly

Posts: 78; Member since: Nov 09, 2012

Not attractive idea for me i think i'll pass

8. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

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

9. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

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

10. Valdomero

Posts: 698; Member since: Nov 13, 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.

17. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 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

19. Valdomero

Posts: 698; Member since: Nov 13, 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.

20. Valdomero

Posts: 698; Member since: Nov 13, 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.

13. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

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

14. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

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

18. RapidCat

Posts: 351; Member since: Jun 12, 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

21. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

looks good!

23. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

google adds yet another layer on top of the other 2. Sorry but android is seriously flawed when compared to WP8.

25. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

*drool*

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