Besides having an awesome name, widgets are nice little additions that help make your phone more functional and customized. There are plenty of Android widgets available in the Google Play store and from other third-party sites and developers, but XDA forums member Roymam decided to make his own.
It's called Notification LockScreen Widget (available for free in the Google Play store, and gives Android 4.2+ owners a bunch of new features including:
- View all dismissible notifications including missed calls, SMS, Facebook notifications, Gmail, etc.
- Launch the app directly from the notifications list.
- Combine multiple similar notifications into one notification with counter.
- Allow full original notification content as it appears on notifications bar.
While the widget is meant for devices running Android 4.2 or higher, like the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Samsung Galaxy S3, and Nexus 7, older devices can run it as well. You will, however, need to install the three-dollar WidgetLocker app for the widget to appear.
Want a more hands-free approach? Learn how to listen to your notifications without ever touching your phone instead.