One thing that sets Android apart from the competition is the ability to add widgets to your homescreens. This truly makes your device “yours”. After all, Android’s new slogan is “be together, not the same”. This week, I take a look at “Chronus: Home and Lock Widget”. If you’re not familiar with it, then let me share some of its background.

Chronus started off in CyanogenMod ROMs as the default clock widget, and is still there today, but under the name “cLock”. Its developer, David van Tonder*, decided to branch the widget off into its own app after realizing it was becoming much more than a hobby. The app now has its own G+ Community and offers a beta testing community as well.

With Chronus, you get a selection of different widgets that work for both your home and lockscreen. How they’re setup is completely up to you. The app was also updated with Android’s Material Design in mind and has a collection of settings.

Widgets

Flex(Dash & Analog, Above Left): Flex is a combination of all the widgets. I included Dash and Analog in this one, since it shows what the Dash widget is all about. The Dash widget includes extensions like battery percent, Gmail, your next alarm, etc.. It also includes news (RSS), which you can pick from which sources to pull from. You can also add your Facebook feed here, too. Calendar and Forecast(Above Right). A standalone widget for both these functions.

All these widgets have their own settings, while some have overlapping settings (Flex, for instance). If you have multiple widgets, the Chronus app will display all of them, along with with launcher you have them on (in case you use more than one launcher). In this same menu, you will find the Backup and Restore settings which are self-explanatory. While being able to re-size all these widgets, you can also change the color and transparency. On the weather related widgets, you can change the icons and Chronus comes default with two different sets. If you want something other than what’s provided, there’s some other designs in the Google Play Store (prices range from free to a buck and some change).

To change anything from your weather location, to extensions, or just the look of the widget, you can do so from the specific widgets menu. In these screenshots, I used the Flex widget’s menu, since Flex is a combination of all the widgets. So, as you can see, there is a lot of customization going on which let’s you set up a widget to your liking.

Android Wear

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Support for Android Wear was recently added to Chronus and you get the same look, but just on your watch. Of course, you won’t get all the widget customization here with a small screen. What you do get is your digital clock, a seconds ticker, and your weather (seconds and weather are optional). You’re also able to receive calendar notifications to your watch from the Chronus app. The menu is what you would see in a widget menu, but for Android Wear options and customization.

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Features (All versions)

  • Fully functional Flex, Flex (Analog), Clock+, Clock+ (Dash), Dash and Weather Widgets
  • Highly customizable look and feel
  • Weather panel with Yahoo!, OpenWeatherMap and yr.no weather providers
  • Minimized weather widget support (for the lock screen)
  • News Feed panel and built-in RSS sources and Internal Article Reader
  • Calendar panel showing a scrollable list of upcoming events
  • Highlight upcoming calendar events with custom colors and font bolding
  • Backup and restore widget settings
  • Add any two (2) DashClock Extensions in the Flex and ‘Dash’ widgets
  • Built-in Gmail, Missed Calls, Calendar and Text Messages extensions

Features (Pro version, available via in-app purchase)

  • Additional Widgets (Forecast, Calendar, Clock+ (Forecast))
  • Custom Tap actions for Clock, Weather and Calendar to launch apps or activities
  • Change Clock and Weather panel alignment
  • Change Analog clock style
  • Month view Calendar style
  • Calendar and Event colors
  • Set Widget backgrounds
  • Additional News providers (Feedly, Facebook)
  • Daydream screensaver
  • Status Bar Weather notifications
  • Add unlimited DashClock Extensions
  • Android Wear support
  • Chronus Wear watch (Android Wear)

As of today, Chronus has 500,000 downloads and is constantly updated with new features. It’ll set you back $1.99 for its Pro features, but there’s also a free version, minus some of its more robust features, of course. There’s also two communities on G+ for Chronus (one is for beta testing) . To get in on the beta testing, you can ask to join the community. Its developer (David von Toder) is very reachable and is always updating the app.

Thanks to David von Tonder for some background information on Chronus.

Play Store: Chronus Home And Lock Widget
Google Plus: Chronus’ G+ Community
Google Plus: Chronus’ Beta Testing G+ Community
Google Plus: David van Tonder’s G+

About the author

Eli Ramos

Electronic and Computer Engineer Major @ NMSU | Comic Book Nerd | MMA Fan | Technology Enthusiast | Android and Google Junkie | Physics Fan