When we first saw these widgets I was excited and disappointed at the same time. They were only available for Honeycomb tablets, which I do not have. So I stared at them for a while and said, “Someday.” Well, that day has finally come. Cloud.tv has been hard at work since their initial launch to bring the same great look and customization to all tablets and phones. Since we already covered the tablet version a while back, you can read up on that here, we will focus this release solely on the new phone support instead.
First off, they didn’t separate the application into two versions. The same great application that you may have already purchased will now be available in your apps section to install on your phone. Right there makes it a must have for anyone that has a phone and a tablet or even plan to get a tablet at a later date. They didn’t focus their efforts on only Hi-Res devices either. The application is support on anything running Android 2.1 and up. Along with support for both HDPI and MDPI devices. With the update and the various screen sizes and resolutions, some of the widgets will look different then what you might see on a tablet. Rightfully so too, we don’t have a ton of real estate available on a 4-inch screen, but we still want it to look good.
You have five widgets sizes to choose from, 1X1, 2X1, 4X1, 4X2 and 4X4. Each widget size offers your a different look with different abilities. For instance, the 1X1 widget has a small weather icon with the Hi and Low temps along with the current temp. You can choose from 13 different backgrounds from blue, black, semi transparent to fully transparent. In the 1X1 category you can also select a switch (toggle) button instead. With the same custom background selection.
Moving up the list increases the availability of more custom options for layouts, toggles, weather info and clocks. Every single one displays crisp clean graphics that look amazing on your screen. Tapping on the widget will offer various access to your device. Tap on the clock and you are taken into your alarms, tap on the weather and you can see the 5 day forecast, sunset and sunrise times, pressure, Humidity, wind speed and direction. If you haven’t already been stuck for hours setting them up and customizing them to look exactly how you want, don’t forget to hit the menu key while in the app too. There are more settings to adjust. Refresh time, temperature units, time and date format and weather service just to name a few.
In addition to launching various phone versions, they have also created a set for 7″ tablets as well. Adding in three more widgets for you to use on the mid sized screens. Take a look at some screen shots below to get a closer look at the various options available -
So far I have had no issues running these widgets on my Vibrant. I know they work great on the T-Mobile G2 as well. We weren’t able to test them on a 7″ tablet or MDPI device, but we are certain their attention to detail will provide you with a great experience. You really should pick these widgets up if you are looking for something that is made well, looks great and has great support.
Application: HD Widgets