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Introducing Kairo for HD Widgets

May 14, 2014
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We're very excited to share with you Kairo, our newest theme for HD Widgets. Kairo is super friendly and colorful, combining design themes from iOS, KitKat, and Colourform to create a refreshing new look for ultra-HD screens.

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Our previous themes (Glass Gems and Colourform)  are 1-2 years old at this point, so we made sure Kairo was robust enough to cover all of the essential widgets people use between those two themes. Kairo is also the beginning of a series of new theme packs rolling out over the next few months.

We created two packs, Kairo and Kairo XP:

Kairo is FREE and contains 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

Kairo XP is the extended pack with over 60 widgets. It has all of the features of Kairo, as well as:

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

As you will see, we didn't make Kairo a small sample pack - it's actually very fully featured. Our XP packs are more for messing around and trying fun and interesting layouts beyond the basics.  We also get a lot of requests for custom widgets sizes so we figure the extended backs are best for that.

Another way to look at it: the free packs are simple and clear so anyone can use them without a lot of clutter or getting overwhelmed by design choices. By contrast, the extended packs (XP) are for advanced users who simply want *more*. Easy!



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