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New theme packs and community for HD Widgets 4, including FREE Kairo and Colourform widget packs

This is a big day for us. We've very happy to declare that HD Widgets 4 is now available to everyone. Now that the rollout is complete, we're moving full throttle with our big news: new theme packs!

Today we're releasing Kairo, a new theme with a ton of fresh new widgets. We're also excited to announce FREE versions of our theme packs. Last, but not least, we've created a new G+ Community for HD Widgets to share designs and ideas.

FREE themes packs? Yes!

Are they just sampler packs? No!

We're basically going to try a free / expanded pack approach to theme packs.

Free packs will have the fundamentals: plenty of widgets in all the popular sizes for most the most common uses. They'll have lots of features but won't be too advanced or overwhelming for casual users. People still have to buy HD Widgets to use them, but now they won't have to pay each time we do an major widget redesign.

Expanded packs (XP) will have everything in the free versions plus more: more widgets, more features, and more creative control over more details. It also gives us a way to provide for advanced users and unique use cases without bloating the basics. Want us to make a particular size widget with particular features? We can do it... in the expanded pack.

What does that mean for today? It means Kairo and Colourform now have FREE and XP theme packs.

Let's take a look.

New: Kairo (FREE)

kairo (free) screens

Kairo is our newest theme pack, containing over 40 widgets ranging from 1x1 up to 8x2, including:

  • new 1x2 & 1x4 column (tall) widgets
  • 4x1 & 4x2 Smart Weather Stats widgets
  • current weather, 3-day forecast, and 5-day forecast
  • location-based widgets
  • custom weather icons
  • color elements as groups (text, icons, active icon color, clock time, clock meridian, and background)
  • multiple clock fonts
  • background color and opacity
  • 65+ utility switches / settings
  • 50+ indicators

You'll notice Kairo widgets are very similar to Colourform, yet lighter and more friendly. Colourform was designed for ICS and Jellybean, while Kairo was made for KitKat's sleeker look.

Install Kairo now

New: Kairo XP

kairo xp screens

Kairo XP is the paid extended pack (XP) for Kairo. It has over 60 widgets, including everything in Kairo plus:

  • Split "fancy" clock w/ Smart Weather Stat or custom indicator
  • Lots of indicator-based widgets
  • More color presets
  • Colors for individual clock parts (hours, dots, mins)

Install Kairo XP now

New: Colourform (FREE)

colourform (free) screens

Colourform is the free version of our classic Colourform XP theme pack, containing over 30 widgets ranging from 1x1 up to 6x2, including:

  • 4x1 & 4x2 Smart Weather Stats widgets
  • current weather, 3-day forecast, and 5-day forecast
  • location-based widgets
  • custom weather icons
  • background color, tile, texture, and opacity
  • color elements as groups (text, icons, active icon color, clock time, clock meridian, and background)
  • multiple clock fonts
  • 65+ utility switches / settings
  • 50+ indicators

We had a really good response to the original Colourform XP, but figured it was time to open up the most common widgets to all HD Widgets users.

Install Colourform now

Updated: Colourform XP 2.0

colourform xp screens

(Reminder: we renamed the existing paid version to Colourform XP. If you paid for Colourform, you'll be using Colourform XP starting today. You won't need to pay twice.)

We've updated Colourform XP to have cleaner, smarter layouts for today's devices. When we launched CF last year, we expected device makers to conform more towards the Google's preferred Nexus grid sizes and style. Didn't happen. The result: CF widgets have looked really bad on devices with unexpectedly large grid sizes like HTC One and Samsung tablets.

We've done a lot to clean up and make CF great for today's device. We've lost the ability to scale widgets into unpredictable new sizes and shapes, but at least all Android users will now get something they expected.

Colourform XP has everything Colourform has, plus more:

  • Split "fancy" clock w/ Smart Weather Stat or custom indicator
  • Lots of indicator-based widgets
  • More color presets
  • More tiles and textures
  • Colors for individual clock parts (hours, dots, mins)

Install Colourform XP now

New HD Widgets Community

We're happy to announce a new G+ community for HD Widgets users. It's a great place to share screenshots of your widgets and home screens and get ideas for new designs.

We added a Community link right in the navigation menu right under Active Widgets, which when tapped will open the Google+ app or website (your choice).

We will continue to have a separate beta community for users interested in trying and testing the newest stuff.

Disappearing Widgets KitKat / AOSP Bug

Finally, we ran into a nasty, latent KitKat bug that left us in a precarious position. Essentially, widgets of paid apps get deleted during app updates - but only on KitKat / AOSP partners’ launchers (i.e. Samsung, HTC). This obviously affects most HD Widgets users. We shouldn’t do any updates, yet we also can’t remain at 50% rollout for an indeterminate time (i.e. until Google fixes it).

Our apologies to everyone affected by this bug. We didn't want to delete your widget, but we had to finishing moving forward before we could stop. Unless there's something critical, no more app updates for a while.

Published by: radley in Android, HD Widgets

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