Tuesday Tweaks: DashClock should be installed on every Android device

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For today’s Tuesday Tweak, we’re focusing our attention on a very flexible third-party notification widget entitled DashClock, which incidentally recently passed the three million installations milestone. The application itself is available to download on any smartphone or tablet running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean or higher, and provides its users with the facility to view detailed notifications on both their home screen and lock screen.

The widget comes bundled with a series of ‘extensions’ which provide users with instant access to their local weather, missed calls, unread text messages, upcoming calendar appointments, Gmail notifications and scheduled alarms.

The widget comes bundled with a series of ‘extensions’ which provide users with instant access to their notifications.

However, if you would like to receive notifications from other applications, you can also download additional extensions from the Play Store. such as, an add-on to display your last WhatsApp messages, which will consist of the senders name and a preview of the text, an add-on to show the name of the song you are currently playing on your Android device, or an add on to present your last Snaphat or even Facebook notification. The possibilities really are endless.

Adding the widget to your handset’s lock screen is incredibly simple. Firstly you’ll need to ensure that ‘Enable Widgets’ is turned on in your security settings. Then, lock your device and swipe to the lefthand side of your lock screen. Touch the ‘+’ icon that appears in the centre of the screen. You will then be presented with a menu. Sift through the options until you find DashClock and tap on it. This will add the widget to your lock screen.

If you would like to receive notifications from other applications, you can also download additional extensions from the Play Store.

If you find yourself using DashClock rather a lot and want to make it your primary lock screen widget, effectively replacing the default clock, just touch and hold on the widget and drag it horizontally on the screen to the very rightmost position, then let go. This will make the widget the first thing you see whenever you lock your handset. I use this as my lock screen and I couldn’t live without it. I find it particularly useful for staying up-to-date with the latest news when I’m away from my computer, thanks to the official Press extension.

So what are you waiting for? DashClock is completely free to download and use, so money really isn’t an excuse. You can give it a try today by clicking the link below to download and install it directly from the Google Play Store. I promise, you won’t be disappointed. This application is definitely worth your attention.

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