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:

Widget objects - text, shapes, images, weather, graphic (progress), analog clock etc.
Text objects - calendar, weather, battery info, missed calls, sms, gmail, location, next calendar event, tasker variables
Graphical objects - barcode, bar, pie
Special objects - Week bar, Series clock
Text mapping to override text values
Hotspots (actionable areas on widget)
Share skins with one press
Ability to customize objects for size, color, tranparency, fonts etc.

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.

Join the UCCW beta program here: http://uccw.vasudevsoftwares.com/uccw-beta-version/

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

UCCW 3.2.2

Removed some bugs


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)
  • (62)

    by Stuart Renowden on 24/01/2015

    Very flexible, but not very intuitive. Still the best custom widget app around though.

  • (62)

    by King H on 24/01/2015

    Love it

  • (62)

    by Von Buelva on 23/01/2015

    I'd loved this app, BEFOFE.Now, I can't use the app. Because it needs an app that does not do anything! What i want is removal of Google Play Services requirement because i can't install Google Play Services anymore because of out of space. Please. Give the allowance to use this app without Google Play Services.

  • (62)

    by Maria Williams on 23/01/2015

    Nexus 5 on 5.0.1

  • (62)

    by Jay Han on 23/01/2015

    I think the ui could be better. A little more straight forward/simpler design would increase usage imo. Changed my rating to reflect the the fact that weather doesn't work at all. Also doesn't seem to be getting fixed?

  • (62)

    by Greenmist4887 on 23/01/2015

    I love it! It has allowed me to have amazing themes!

  • (62)

    by Hanna Willehadson on 22/01/2015

    I've been using this app for years. I love the text mapping feature! But maybe you guys could add "event location" and other event details in your next update? :)

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