egzthunder1 · Feb 19, 2013 at 10:00 pm

HTC Sense-Like Frame/Grid Widget Now Available without Sense

I have been a Sense fan for a very long time—ever since it was known as Manila, to be more precise. It offered all the eye candy that you could handle at the expense of not having much RAM left over, but as phones became more powerful, this became less of an issue as time went by. Among all the pretty weather animations, fancy clocks, and sliding homescreens, there was one feature that always captivated me: the picture frame. I am not entirely sure how or why. Maybe it was a mistake or an Eureka moment, but HTC got it right the first time around with this feature. Going from WM to Android, the Photo Widget was adapted into Sense and retained much of the same look and functionality that it had before. During the days of Sense 3.5, the widget was given an alternative look, and that pretty much completed what was missing: a grid preview that shows an array of pictures from your folder, all laced with a beautiful tile-style transition animation as you swipe your finger through it. On top of all this, the standard photo frame in Android is just plain bad.

The issue with this is that, much as it is the case with all Sense widgets, you need to have Sense to run it. Not everyone is a fan of Sense-based ROMs or even have access to a Sense device. And even with one of these on hand, the idea of running lighter ROMs such as AOSP-derived works pretty much makes this into choosing between your choice of OS versus your choice of home screen contents. Well, attempting to work towards a future where such choices need not be made,  XDA Forum Member itandy decided to make a widget to bridge the gap between both worlds. While still a work in progress, the dev’s Photo Frame/Grid Widget aims to bring most functionality of the infamous Sense widget while retaining your right to run AOSP, TW, or any kind of ROM you want to have on your device. You can choose from either design, and the grid sizes as well as spacing between pictures can be fully customized. On top of that, if you feel that you want to have separate widgets for separate albums, the app allows you to have multiple widgets, each with its own settings, which can be changed on the fly without having to scrap the widget every time.

As mentioned, the widget is still under development, but it is certainly a breath of fresh air over the stock Android widget. Please provide some feedback for the dev if you run into any bugs.

This is my first Android app. Basically I want to replicate the grid-style photo widget from HTC so it can be used by other phones or in AOSP ROM.

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egzthunder1 is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. I have been an active member of xda-developers since 2005 and have gone through various roles in my time here. I am Former Portal Administrator, and currently part of the administrator team while maintaining my writer status for the portal. In real life, I am a Chemical Engineer turned Realtor in the Miami area. View egzthunder1's posts and articles here.
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