Creating Android apps is easy enough for developers. For the rest of us, not so much. Making your own app requires a quick hand in Java, XML, and a properly set up IDE for development and testing. Well, technically you could work without the IDE, but nobody does that. They’d have to be crazy. But we digress. The real point is making your own Android apps takes work.
Ultimate Custom Clock Widget (UCCW) aims to solve that problem, at least for clock widgets. Finding a good clock widget can be difficult. Even if you do find a good one, it might not be perfect. So what’s a perfectionist to do? Turn to UCCW. It’s an app that can give you exactly the clock you want- no more, no less. Here’s why it’s cool.
What You See
Ultimate Custom Clock Widget is a WYSIWYG editor for creating your own custom widget for telling the time or keeping track of most common tasks on Android.
UCCW requires less expertise to use but is still a lot of work. Making the ultimate clock widget means spending some quality time in Photoshop. The advantage is that you won’t have to touch Eclipse.
The interface isn’t exactly on the level of Photoshop, but it works. You select items which you want to add to the clock widget. These items can be dragged around the screen and adjusted. Oddly, it seems to be designed for left-handed people. Way to be handiest, UCCW.
Where Ultimate Custom Clock Widget shines is in its customization. This app has damn near everything you could ever want in an app. Again, it’s not Photoshop, but we were blown away by the breadth of options available.
You can add objects to show the time, date, hour, minute, am/pm, date, day of week, month, year, and an analog clock. The exact time is easy with this app.
Then there are options for battery level, location, temperature, weather conditions, custom text strings, and shapes. Social butterflies will appreciate the option to have missed emails, calls, and texts displayed within the app.
If no presets float your boat, there’s always the option to import custom images and fonts. This is where you’ll spend the most time in Photoshop perfecting widget.
The best part of UCCW is that every object imported within can be customized by size, color, transparency, and rotation. This is impressive stuff.
The final bit of customization is hotspot mode. You can assign hotspots to different areas of the widget to have different actions. For example, tapping the unread Gmail count might take you to the Gmail app.
What You Get
We tried out our hand at designing a custom widget. The result was a minimalist attempt at telling the time. It looked… OK. Truthfully, we used the presets. Our clock widget wasn’t exactly MIUI.
Ultimate Custom Clock Widget is one of those apps (like Tasker) that offers no easy rewards. You get out of it what you put into it. A really good widget means working in Photoshop. For inspiration, check out these widget designs.
If you don’t like making your own design, the Play Store has downloadable clock widget “skins” which can be used right out of the box.
Ultimate Custom Clock Widget is impressive. It’s an app that manages to be something to everyone. For amateurs such as us, it’s an easy way to make a widget. For graphic designers, it allows for design without digging through XML. UCCW is easy to use and well worth trying.