Car Widget

Car Widget

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"Car Widget" makes easier and quicker access to phone features when you're in the car.
With the widget you can assign one or more screens on your home launcher to be dedicated for usage inside the car.

Unlike Car Home applications, you still will have access to all other screens of your home launcher.

To access widget settings use application shortcut.

HOW TO USE
On any home screen press "menu", then "add", select "widgets" and choose "Car Widget" from the list of available widgets.
You might need to restart the device in order to widget to appear in the list.

Main features:
* 4x4 widget
* 4,6 or 8 big shortcuts per widget
* 5 Skins
* Customization options: background color, opacity, font size and color, icons tint
* Replacement for "Car Dock" / "Car Home" applications.
* Custom icons and titles for shortcuts
* Icon pack support

Available shortcuts (can be expanded by installed applications):
* Applications
* Bookmark
* Contact
* Direct dial/ message
* Directions & Navigation (Using Google Maps)
* Gmail label
* Music playlist
* Settings
* Built-In Shortcuts - (InCar switch, Play/Pause, Next, Previous - Experimental)

Free version includes Trial of the features available in the Car Widget Pro.

Car Widget Pro features:
Automation for your car. Detects when you inside the car and adjusts settings of your phone.

Trigger (possible to combine all of the options):
* Power cable connected
* Headphones connected
* Bluetooth device connected
* Activity recognition

Actions:
* Turn on Bluetooth
* Disable screen timeout
* Adjust screen brightness
* Adjust volume level of media
* Switch off Wi-Fi
* Route call to speaker
* Auto answer (Experimental)
* Autorun App
* Shortcuts in notification bar (Android 4.0)

Limitations:
- It's not possible to unlock the screen from widget
- It's not possible to switch to the specific screen from widget
- Not possible to switch GPS

Permissions:
CALL_PHONE (Directly call phone numbers)- used for direct call shortcut
WAKE_LOCK (Prevent phone from sleeping) - used to disable screen timeout
WRITE_SETTINGS (Modify system settings)- used to adjust brightness settings
ACCESS_WIFI_STATE and CHANGE_WIFI_STATE - connect and disconnect from Wi-Fi
BLUETOOTH and BLUETOOTH_ADMIN - required in order to switch Bluetooth state
(Modify or delete the contents of your USB storage) - Backup/Restore functionality

Tips:
* On some devices you have option "Stay awake" (Under Settings -> Applications -> Development), you can enable it if your want to prevent phone from sleeping.

* Landscape mode: Not all launchers allow to use phone in landscape mode, just replace yours with alternative one that supports it (like LauncherPro or ADW).

You can find Car Widget Pro also in androidpit.com market.
(This marketplace has an option for PayPal)

IMPORTANT
Please exercise caution when using this application and do not manipulate your device while driving. Always pay attention to the road.

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Recently changed in this version

1.8
- Material UI refresh: New icon, Navigation drawer, Colors, New color picker
- Cards skin
- Combine shortcuts and look settings screens
- InCar: Force screen orientation settings
- Fix pressing shortcut shows app screen in background
- Update translations
- Update to the latest Google Play Services


Comments and ratings for Car Widget
  • (45 stars)

    by Syed Mubark on 21/12/2014

    Mubarak

  • (45 stars)

    by Wayne Bodine on 22/11/2014

    Roadtrip perfect!

  • (45 stars)

    by Loren Ahrens on 08/10/2014

    After it expired my N7 screen just kept flashing. If I hadn't had USB debugging enabled, it would have bricked my device. Another app installed was adjusting the screen and this app was turning it off.

  • (45 stars)

    by Marnie Boyd on 06/08/2014

    I received a message during my first use that the 30 tests had expired. It would not let me reconnect until I purchased the app. I had high hopes for this app but am not purchasing under these terms.

  • (45 stars)

    by Keshav Dial on 05/08/2014

    My parents don't really know how to use their smart phones, so I used this app to have large shortcuts for them and streamline their experience with the bare necessities. Highly recommend for older or inexperienced android users, and for in the car.

  • (45 stars)

    by Timothy Treadway on 03/07/2014

    But does it work? I'm still trying to figure it out and I'm a techie....

  • (45 stars)

    by Thierry B on 23/06/2014

    I LOVE the fact that it's not an application but a widget instead, very good idea, BUT I wish there was an internal SMS message reader for instance as there is one in "Ultimate Car Dock" app. Very annoying to have to use yet another app for this.

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