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.

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
* You can assign 4,6 or 8 shortcuts per widget
* 5 Skins: Holo, Glossy, Car Home, Metro (Windows Phone 7), BlackBearBlac
* Customization options: background color, opacity, font size and color, icons tint
* Replacement for "Car Dock" / "Car Home" applications.
* Apply custom icon and edit title of shortcut
* Apply ADW Icon pack

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:
Detects when you inside the car and adjusts settings of your phone.

Detection (possible to combine all of the options):
* When power cable connected
* When headphones connected
* When 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

1.7.2
- Fix issue with LG G3
- Preparations for the next release
1.7.1
- Choose music player when pressing play/pause shortcut
- Fix number of shortcuts
- layout changes

Pro:
- Add Screen On while charging option
- Add Car Dock detection
- Use new Activity Recognition API


Comments and ratings for Car Widget
  • (62 stars)

    by Jason Swanby on 26/12/2013

    Apparently this doesn't support the latest version of Android and the way it accesses widgets. There's no way to put the main 4x4 widget on the home screen of my Nexus 5. Disappointing to say the least.

  • (62 stars)

    by John Dulemba on 25/12/2013

    Add the widget to the homescreen, and still can't enable it.

  • (62 stars)

    by Michael Lee on 25/12/2013

    Unable to activate in-car mode or make the app work at all on my samsung centura phone. Uninstalling and seeking refund. Tried everything. Installed and uninstalled, rebooted phone, nothing works.

  • (62 stars)

    by MATT FIOCCHI on 14/12/2013

    I keep two pages of my home screen filled with this wonderful widget--some of my most needed numbers, music player, and podcast player. Very simple, practical way to keep frequently used links highly accessible.

  • (62 stars)

    by Jimmy O'Kennedy on 02/12/2013

    Works well to quickly select options

  • (62 stars)

    by Marti Vltori on 20/11/2013

    I would purchase and use this if you could configure the number of shortcuts in the widget.

  • (62 stars)

    by Russel Messick on 10/10/2013

    Not even worth $2.