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Dec 15

Unread Messages from Talk on Android lockscreen

Android Lockscreen als DashboardIn this post I will show you, how to turn your lockscreen into an information dashboard for missed calls and unread sms, mails, chat messages or upcoming events. At the end, it will look like the image on the right. Click on it to get a larger view. (I’m sorry that it’s in German. But I’m sure you can guess what it means.)

The reason for this work quite simple. When my notification LED blinks green, I’ve got either a new mail, a sms or a new message in Talk. But only in the last two cases, I want to react shortly. Mostly I got a new spam mail, so I unlocked the screen and entered the PIN unnecessary. I know that this is definitely some kind of luxury problem – but I want my phone to fit perfectly to my needs and for that, I would even pay.

Prerequisites

First, you need to get some apps.

WidgetLocker replaces your system lockscreen. The ability to add widgets is the big advantage of this app, and exactly what we need here.

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SiMi Clock Widget is used for the clock, weather and battery information on top of the lockscreen.

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MissedIt! is the main app, I use as dashboard. It works with nearly all apps like Skype, Whatsapp, ICQ, Facebook, Twitter, K9-Mail, TeamSpeak or any other app that send a notification to your statusbar. But it can’t difference between e.g., Google+ Messenger and Google+ Notifications, because it’s the same application. Your notifications will be added then. Also notice that you have to grant permissions for reading all notifications in your statusbar.

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Important!

You want only calls, sms and mails? Then take a look at SMS Unread Count instead of MissedIt!.

The slider on the bottom is SliderBlackMod by OneDeep from xda-developers. It can be downloaded directly from the xda-forum. Use WidgetLocker to open the zip file and install the slider.

The font for MissedIt! is called Eurofurence and can be downloaded at dafont.com.

Create custom wallpaper

The next step isn’t as easy as it sounds. MissedIt! only displays your notifications as text. If it’s sufficient for you, proceed with the next step. For all others, there is some work to do. Save the finished wallpaper as png file to your smartphone.

Open the pxd file from the end of this section in pixlr and insert your favorite wallpaper to the correspondent layer. Then, rearrange or replace icons with the ones you prefer. The layer “Guidelines” may help you, to set them at the right position. If you use less than seven icons, remove the last rows in the template.

If you have chosen a light wallpaper, you may have to select each icon layer, open “Hue & Saturation” with the shortcut Ctrl+U and adjust the coloration to a lighter value. Make sure, you checked the “Colorize” option in the dialog.

Download pixlr.com template (854x480)

App Setup

Primarily, copy the downloaded eurof35.tff to /sdcard/fonts so we can proceed to configure MissedIt!. It works by scanning all notifications in your status bar. This has to be enabled first in the general settings under Accessibility. Then download and import the following configuration file to get all text properties like color, font or padding.

Download MissedIt! configuration

Afterwards, open “Monitored Elements” in MissedIt! and you see some apps pre-configured by default.

Click “Add” in the menu to get a list of monitorable apps. It’s okay, if the first search for apps last very long. They appear just a short time before you want to kill the app worrying that it has crashed. Select the ones you want and open the edit menu of each of them, to translate or correct grammar mistakes.

Click “Output Format – Customize” to define the order, the notifications appear. Define a new line using [nl].

Now you need to put all pieces together. Install the slider or choose one of the default ones and add it to the WidgetLocker screen. MissedIt has a 2×4 widget in the middle section and SiMiClockWidgets consists of three parts (1×2, 1×1, 1×1) in the first row.

Lastly, tap each widget and set it to read-only.

Permanent link to this article: http://project89.com/unread-messages-talk-android-lockscreen-222/

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