July 26, 2019No Comments

Android exercise: OMG Star Wars 2.0

I just put the finishing touches on OMG Star Wars, an Android app demo I’ve been working on for the past few weeks.

It uses some of the original base layouts but provides a cleaner, more civilized look and feel. I got a chance to experiment more with the upcoming MaterialComponents (still in alpha) and practices with some hidden features like AutoTextSize and LayoutAnimation for RecyclerViews.

Check it out in my portfolio.

July 1, 2019No Comments

Android development exercise: OMG Star Wars!

I was recently contacted about a Senior Product Design role that is potentially a hybrid design & development role. After meeting with them and discussing my Android background, they asked that I do a take-home coding exercise based on the Star Wars API.

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October 31, 2016No Comments

App Stats gets a Material makeover

I've been digging into my old Android apps, trying to decide if I should reinvest in bringing them back to life. The general atmosphere for independent developers has been quite bearish for a couple of years. But I've seen these downturns transform and lead into new generations of apps & services - that's how we got Facebook and YouTube.

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July 31, 2014No Comments

HD Widgets 4.1 w/ new Color Weather Icons pack

We're very happy to announce the release of HD Widgets 4.1 along with our new FREE Color Weather Icons pack, both now available in the Play Store.

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May 15, 2014No Comments

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.

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May 14, 2014No Comments

Introducing Kairo for HD Widgets

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.

kairo rows

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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