Mar 03 AT 9:30 AM Admin 3 Comments

Widgets Come To Android With dxTop Desktop Replacement

When are developers going to start releasing widgets for the Android home screen?  If you are one of the many people who want this feature, then you must try out dxTop available in the Android Market for $3.99.  Currently there are only 2 new widgets available, but the developer has released a Howto for creating your own widgets.

Dual Trays

Dual Trays

Some may be put off by the purchase price, but dxTop brings other new features to the Android desktop.  In addition to widgets, users also have access to four desktop areas and dual trays.  I have only been using dxTop for 24hrs, but those 2 features alone have sold me on the app and I will not be returning to the default desktop.

The four desktop areas allow more space for placing shortcuts and widgets.  A new navigation method is utilized as well.  You can quickly jump to each area with a single swipe.  For example, the home screen is always reached with a downward swipe no matter what desktop area you are viewing.  It takes awhile to get used to, but I prefer this method now.  No longer do you have to swipe twice to move from the far left to the far right.

Dual trays allows a new way to sort applications.  You can view currently running apps, recently run apps, and apps that are running as a service.  In a future release, the dev plans to add support for grouping applications similar to Jeffrey Sharkey’s GroupHome.

Adding a Widget

Adding a Widget

If you are still not sold on the app, please try out the demo.  This is the first dev to make widgets available to Android users and I think we should support him.  It is the best solution currently available for Android and a step above what Google offers.

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    Nice looking site, keep up the good work!

  • Mervyn

    I’ve been using dxTop for a week now and think it is much better than the stock desktop on the G1. Getting themes to work would be icing on the cake.

  • Ian MacGregor

    I have been using dxTop for over two weeks and am highly impress. I won’t be returning to the default home app on my g1 :)