Feb 14 AT 7:18 PM Dustin Earley 43 Comments

Quick look: DashClock adds gorgeous information to your lock screen


If I had to list which Android feature goes most underutilized in my everyday use, it’d have to be the lock screen, and lock screen widgets. I love what Google has done with widgets on the lock screen, giving users fast access to completely customized information, but until recently, I never gave it much thought. DashClock has totally changed that.

Googler and Android design aficionado Romain Nurik announced earlier this week that his side project, DashClock, is available now on the Google Play store. The premise behind DashClock is simple. DashClock is a widget that beautifully mimics the default digital clock widget in Android 4.2, but includes access to other quick information at a glance.

The other information that can be added is available in the form of extensions in the settings menu. The default extensions cover the weather, missed calls, text messages, unread Gmail messages, calendar appointments and alarms. One of the coolest things about DashClock is that it’s open source, so other developers can write extensions for DashClock. The developers behind Falcon Pro, have already written an extension that works perfectly.

There’s plenty to customize in DashClock — which Gmail accounts to display the unread count for, how the clock looks, how the date’s displayed — and the widget itself changes the way information’s displayed based on the device you’re using. On the Nexus 4, you can swipe down on DashClock to expand it. On the Nexus 7, it’s auto-expanded.

If you have a device running Android 4.2 or higher, I can’t recommend DashClock enough. That, combined with the new Google Now widget, has saved me from having to even unlock my phone to get the information I need countless times already. I can’t wait to see who writes extensions for DashClock in the future. It’s only going to get better. To download DashClock from the Google Play store, for free, use the download widget below.


Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • Galen20K

    Lansing? that’s awesome, I’m in Livonia. Terrific app by the way, love it on my Nexus 4

    • Dustin Earley

      Nice. Good ol’ Michigan.

      • Max.Steel

        Wow. So many Michiganders. I’m in Ann Arbor.

  • ChrisLH

    “This app is incompatible with all of your devices.”

    I have a Galaxy Nexus. F you Verizon.

    • Nate B.

      Is it rooted? Sometimes it being rooted makes flaky things like that happen. I’ve had that happen to me before even when I remembered using the app before on the same device. I could be wrong. I mean Verizon is to blame for all first world problems ha-ha

      • munz19

        I’m rooted and it added fine for me

      • vforvortex

        Rooted here as well. Works and looks great

      • clocinnorcal

        I’m rooted on N4 and have been using this LSWidget for a few weeks. Love it!

        • pjamies

          Why would you root an N4? Just asking …

  • Stella

    I’ve just downloaded it and love it. Lately, I was using a few widgets to give me the info that I needed but this widget does it all for me perfectly. Thanks for the article, Dustin!

  • aranea

    I think the lock screen is under utilized. We need more widgets like this. Thanks for bringing it up.

    • aranea

      I have been using this since I read the article yesterday on nexii 4 and 10 and I have to say I love it.

  • uknowme

    Downloaded it earlier and so far I have no complaints.

  • rpras

    Agree that this is a great app. The lockscreen is still limited to one widget per screen. This needs to be rectified. Maybe with KLP.

  • YMS123

    I just downloaded this yesterday, so far so good, although I wish it wouldn’t start off being minimized

    • vforvortex

      Ya i was wondering that too. Wish it had the option to keep either minimized or expanded on lockscreen when screen turns on.

    • halo0

      There is seriously no way to stop it from going to minimized every single time? What is the point then? If it’s never going to show any of the extension items unless you swipe down then it is completely useless.

  • Ardrid

    Truly excellent app. Perfectly mirrors the aesthetics of Holo/Android 4.2 and provides a great deal of information. This is the kind of thing I hope Google takes note of when making advancements to the OS. I would love for this functionality to be baked right into the OS for greater customization.

    • vforvortex

      I agree completely. Well thought out and put together.

  • Nathan D.

    Awesome, can’t wait to test it out for myself.

  • donger

    Nice, looks simple and nice.

  • KyoKeun

    Been using since forever and loving it!!!!! The dev seriously needs great attention for this!

  • rsanchez1

    You guys should do the weekly app reviews again.

  • Shizz

    Gotta agree with your comment that DashClock and Google Now being two must have lock screen widgets!

  • Diabsoud

    Very nice and simple…love it

  • da9el

    looks najs and works fine on the nex4!

  • rantmo

    That’s a really elegant addition to my N7, clean and pretty and actually useful! It will be even better when I get around to slapping Cyanogen onto my POS G2x!

  • aufan1

    I was looking forward to trying it out. Not compatible with my nono-rooted S3.

  • alexanderharri3

    Note: For all those with Android less than 4.2 Jelly Bean, combine this with WidgetLocker to get the exact same experience!!!

  • Steven

    Is the widgets supposed to appear on the main lock screen cuz mine don’t. If I have to swipe left to see gmail or calendar, what’s the big deal? Swipe right & I get it too. I use app notification toggles so all my short cuts and most used apps are easily accessible from the notification screen. Plus freed up space on galaxy nexus’limited 5 screens

  • jeshep

    Hope they combine the Google Now widgets and this widget or at least create a Google Now extension for this widget since only once can be present on a lock screen at a time.

    • rpras

      Good idea. That is just what I was wondering and posted about above. Solution is either to allow multiple widgets per lockscreen or to have extensions. I am not familiar enough with Android coding to do this but hopefully someone will do this soon.

  • txbluesman

    That is a nice addition to put on the lock screen. I like it. They could get crazy with it. The possibilities are endless.

  • http://mihai.discuta-liber.com/ tmihai20

    It’s a shame it wants Android 4.2 and up :( I can’t even test it on my Transformer with 4.1.1…

  • damambt

    Love it. Running smoothly on my Nexus 4 (4.2.2)
    Got anymore recommendations?

  • http://www.freeismylife.com freeismylife

    I just downloaded it to my Nexus 4. What a Great app. I love the extensions. Thanks for the heads up on this one.

  • robwhittaker

    looks great. Straight on to my N7

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  • scubabum

    Looks great. Can’t wait to test this out once my Android tablet get upgraded to 4.2

  • smeghead68

    Nice! Just what i was looking for. Can;t wait to add this widget.

  • Phil

    Why does it go back to minimized every single time!?!!

  • aluzeros

    a step in the right direction, nicely done.

  • MacRamsay

    Hate to be a cynic, as i really liked the idea and simplicity of this app, but I must say I think it’s a bit overboard and not really adding much… or maybe too much! There’s a danger of android and it’s UI giving too much choice to the user and features become duplicated and unnecessary.

    I’m not really a fan of lock screen widgets either – I don’t understand why you can’t just unlock your device and have a look at your normal homescreen widgets – it’s essentially the same function; once you swipe on the lockscreen to look at a widget, it’s effectively unlocked anyway… please explain to me if i’m completely missing the point!