Easy customisation of the lock screen widget
Since its release last week, DashClock has quickly grown in popularity. It enables you to easily add notifications to the Android lock screen (4.2+ only). Its developer, Google employee Roman Nurik, has made the API available to developers so several extensions for DashClock have emerged already, providing the means to further enhance its functionality.
The standard DashClock app provides the ability to add notifications for next calendar appointment, missed calls, next alarm, text message count, falcon pro, gmail and weather. However, a range of extensions mean that you can now add a notification for pretty much any app that you use, especially if you install the AnyDash extension.
For those of you that don’t have an Android 4.2+ device, there is an app called NoLED which is worth a mention. The app was originally developed for the Samsung Galaxy S, which was one of the first headline handsets not to feature an LED notification light. NoLED essentially powers on the screen and then create a coloured icon for different message alerts. Due to this it performs best on AMOLED displays in terms of battery life.
Personally, I am not a big fan of having notifications on my lock screen – they are too much of a distraction and create non-urgent interruptions (good post on that here by Shaun McGill). However, having the next calendar appointment displayed is a useful feature, although this can be achieved with Jelly Bean anyway by adding a Google Calendar widget.