Ultimate custom widget (UCCW)

Ultimate custom widget (UCCW)

1,000,000 - 5,000,000 downloads

Pros
  • Fully customizable
  • Lots of tweakable attributes
  • Choose screen widget size
  • Download and share skins
Cons
  • Design
  • Needs a step-by-step tutorial on how to use it
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Expert's Review
7.5
Great

"Make your homescreen unique"

Reviewed by / Aug 02, 2013

Ultimate Custom Widget allows users to create their own screen widgets

Unlike other platforms, Android is probably the most-customizable mobile OS. Screen widgets and Android are two concepts that match perfectly. Ultimate Custom Widget goes a step further on customization: it allows users to create their own screen widgets.

This isn't a widget editor with lots of presets and narrow margin to set it your way. This is the ultimate tool to create and edit custom widget totally at your whim. You can use custom layout, fonts, images, shapes, clocks, weather info, battery level, unread counters... anything. What you get is a blank sheet. It's up to you create the screen widget that you have in mind.

In addition, any of those objects has various attributes such as size, color, transparency, rotation, etc. The idea is: there isn't two identical people, so there won't be two identical custom screen widgets. Hotspots can be added to screen widget. Although no coding skills is needed, the app isn't the most intuitive ever made. A step by step tutorial would help getting the hang of it quickly. What's more, its sober interface (black background, classic buttons) makes it less usable. Thus, it should be more user-friendly by enhancing the app regarding design and tutorial.

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Developer's original description available here
One of Android’s greatest strength is customisation. UCCW takes this idea further to let you customise widgets on homescreen. Even without rooting your device or installing a custom ROM or installing a special launcher, you can do some incredible things to shape your phone to be just the way you want it. UCCW, or Ultimate Custom Widget, is a widget that lets you place custom clocks, battery meters, weather info, and just about anything else right on your homescreen. There is a sheer number of skins available on Google Play and shared in various forums, and more skins are being added all the time.

Customization is often a difficult process, but not with UCCW. Just install a skin, and tell UCCW to show it or make your own skin.

UCCW offers a WYSIWYG (What-you-see-is-what-you-get) editor allowing to customise layout, fonts, images, shapes, etc.

Features:

Basic info like time and date
Custom texts
Week bar
Analog clock
Battery level, status, bar and circle objects
Location
Weather info like current weather conditions and forecast with icons. Separate icons for night time.
Shapes
Images
Gmail unread counters
Number of missed calls
Number of text messages
Next Alarm time
Next Calendar event and time
Series effect objects
Tasker variables
Hotspots (actionable areas on widget)
Image fonts for Hour and Minute objects
Custom text for hour, minute, year, weather conditions etc to show information in a different language.

Share skins with one press

Each object has various options like size, color, alpha (transparency), rotation (angle) and other attributes specific to an object.

Issues:

Widget not updating
1. UCCW may be killed by task killers. So exclude UCCW in task killers.
2. Could be a launcher app issue; Try a different launcher.

Getting force closes
1. Uninstall UCCW and install again.
2. Check if Force closes are occuring with a particular skin; discard that skin.
3. Send a logcat if force closes continue.

Skins do not show
1. Google play skins may not appear for some custom roms or if screen density is changed.

App Permissions explained:

Your messages - to show unread message count
Storage - for saving skins
Your location - to show location
Network communication - for weather and ads
Phone calls - to show missed calls number
Your social information - for direct dial hotspot
Your personal information - to show next calendar event
Your accounts - for Gmail unread mails count

Recently changed in this version

version 2.9.27
1. one stupid bug removed

version 2.9.26
1. All hotspots in apk skins are editable by default.
2. Some other small changes.

version 2.9.24
1. Some bugs related to custom text removed

version 2.9.23
1. Some bugs removed

version 2.9.22
1. Help menu now opens UCCW website
2. Some bugs removed

version 2.9.21
1. Api for Launcher app (AppWidgetHost) developers to read/ write UCCW AppWidget config.
2. Toggle Hotspots provided as option in UCCW hotspots.
3. Some bugs removed


Lists with Ultimate custom widget (UCCW)

Some lists where this application appears: Weapons of mass customization, Reviewed by Emmanuel Lund.

Comments and ratings for Ultimate custom widget (UCCW)
  • (64)

    by Ryan Walker on 09/04/2014

    I hate the lack of customisation in all other widgets. This fits my needs.

  • (64)

    by vibhav goswami on 09/04/2014

    Nice app make my s4 into s5

  • (64)

    by Jason Cooper on 08/04/2014

    Does what it says. There is a learning curve but once you figure it out, you can create awesome widgets.

  • (64)

    by Fahad Sultan on 08/04/2014

    Its really works it is good .....

  • (64)

    by Kevin Yuen on 07/04/2014

    UCCW widget gives me endless possibilities in desktop widget! Good job!

  • (64)

    by Floren B on 06/04/2014

    Upon opening the app, it force closes. This app is great for customization, but is just not working for me

  • (64)

    by Jamie Bancroft on 06/04/2014

    Since the last update the shortcuts don't work!