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Beautiful Widgets getting taken off the market...

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by nycdroid, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. nycdroid

    nycdroid Newbie
    Thread Starter

    According to the latest update (2.36) the developer noted that he received a ceast and desist letter from HTC regarding the application. He noted to use a backup program to save the application if you want to use it going forward.

    Quite unfortunate, but figured it was worth mentioning if others haven't seen it.
     


  2. fam

    fam Android Enthusiast

    Ahh hell.

    how do I save it?
     
  3. nycdroid

    nycdroid Newbie
    Thread Starter

    There are quite a few backup applications on the market. If you happen to use Astro File Manager, you can backup applications by clicking on the Menu button --> Tools --> Application Manager/Backup.
     
  4. square

    square Android Enthusiast

    i used astro.

    htc can suck it.
     
  5. v-6 nolo

    v-6 nolo Member

    i better get a refund then.
     
  6. sooper_droid12

    sooper_droid12 Android Expert

    If you're still using it, then you don't get a refund. Just because it's being pulled off the market doesn't mean it disappears from your phone. There just won't be any updates.

    Oh yeah, HTC can suck it!
     
  7. fam

    fam Android Enthusiast

    Thanks...totally backed it up.

    The best app on the market for me. Im a visuals kind o dude.
     
  8. square

    square Android Enthusiast

    what about weather widget - donate? i thought that was pretty much the same thing.
     
  9. SamMax

    SamMax Android Expert

    But will you be able to use it when the next android update hits??
     
  10. greg72

    greg72 Member

    Wouldn't he just have to remove the HTC themed Widgets? I would think it's just the layout that they can claim as intellectual property. Flip clock, uh, no, weather... uh, no. Just rearrange it a bit and use different graphical set.
     
  11. CRPercodani

    CRPercodani OFWGKTA

    I said this in the other thread so instead of writing it again I will c+p

    Everyone should try Weather Widget Donate instead of this, it was the original one and is always updated. The developer is a really cool guy and always responds to any problems you might be having, plus you can get the add on forecaster which gives you the 3 day view AND lets you link it to a app like The Weather Channel for a more in-depth weather forecast with Hourly/10 Day/36 Hour/Now views. Oh and he fixed the issue it had with needing to be setup constantly. One more thing about it is you can download themes for the Clock and Weather icons for FREE, and there are a lot of them.
     
  12. SamMax

    SamMax Android Expert

    I emailed the Beautiful Widgets creator this what the reply...

    "I will remove the widgets before Xmas. It should continue to works since android has forward compability"
     
  13. GDroid

    GDroid Android Enthusiast

    It will be removed from the market, and no further updates will be released, but I don't think that the developer can remote into our phones and remove the actual application from it; well, I hope not. :p
     
  14. iPhoneMilk

    iPhoneMilk Well-Known Member

    Screw you HTC, go die in a fire.

    I'm boycotting HTC now.
     
  15. sooper_droid12

    sooper_droid12 Android Expert

    I'm sure that they will get some sort of C&D letter from HTC soon as well. Their themes may still exist, but anything that remotely looks like HTCs will be pulled down. I'll look into Weather Widget when Beautiful Widgets no longer works on the device. Until then, no need to pay for two widgets that do the same thing basically. I could do without themes as they hog memory.

    HTC has a stick up its bunghole. If they just release elements of their Sense widgets, people would probably buy them and they'd profit. They just want the exclusivity of their Sense UI on their phones. Whatever, HTC can suck a duck.
     
  16. Beautiful Widgets is no more | Android Central

    Naa they can't remote into the phone and remove the application (remember you don't have to install stuff via the market place.. just have to allow unknown sources :) ) This isn't an iPHONE people...

    I am glad he already got the majority of the geolocation bugs fixed.. Now all we have to hope for is something doesn't break and we shall be good for a while

    Also shouldn't this be in the application's thread and not the droid? It effects all android phones
     
  17. iPhoneMilk

    iPhoneMilk Well-Known Member


    But Da Drooid Thread is Da Cooooolllllleeessttt thread!

    :p

    We're the cool kids table
     
  18. jeepguy_1980

    jeepguy_1980 Well-Known Member

    I just passed my 24 hour refund window last night. Now I wish I didn't buy it.
     
  19. GDroid

    GDroid Android Enthusiast

     
  20. Kazakaz

    Kazakaz Member

    How long until Weather Widget Donate gets the same thing from HTC? Or is it different enough that it probably won't happen?
     
  21. GreedyBird

    GreedyBird Member

    Do the other beautiful widgets apply to this C&D?

    I have beautiful widgets pack 2, with the Analog clock and the SMS widgets, are these part of HTC theme too?
     
  22. sooper_droid12

    sooper_droid12 Android Expert

    There are some elements of it that are the same, but there are different themes that allow it to be different enough. It is likely that any theme that replicates the HTC widget will be removed. Right now, the flip clock is the same so they will ask that that be removed.
     
  23. Redflea

    Redflea Android Expert

    Not too surprised to see this happen...HTC is protecting their design/intellectual property, which makes business sense. They spent time/money to develop their UI to help them differentiate their phones from other offerings. It's obviously worked - "How do I get that clock/weather thing?" is a hugely common question around smartphone forums.

    Hating HTC is kind of pointless...this is how business works. If you create something new and valuable, you should be able to keep others from making/selling copies of it. That concept is very hard to enforce in the age of file sharing...likely won't be too long before the HTC widget itself will be available for rooted Droids.

    I am bummed, of course...love the widget and the developer's dedicated support for it. It was the first app I purchased when I got my phone and the first I've re-installed whenever I've changed home screens or done a reset.

    But something else cool will come along. The creativity of the Android developer community will fill the gaps...
     
  24. jmccarthy14

    jmccarthy14 Well-Known Member

    Read between the lines of this guy's post. Now I'll feel a lot less guilty taking advantage of this 'developer creativity.' If HTC is threatened enough by a clock (that people would not have enough reason to buy HTC if this is availible) makes me wonder how much 'value added' there really is with Sense.
     
  25. sooper_droid12

    sooper_droid12 Android Expert

    There really isn't much value added by Sense UI. It's a glorified widget skin. Anyone who tries to convince you otherwise is drinking too much of the HTC Kool-aid. The skin itself hordes 100mb of memory and is running virtually all the time. Once you get over the novelty of the animated widgets and some of their proprietary apps, it's just window dressing. Which is why, $1.50 widget app is threatening to HTC. Because, what's the point of buying an HTC phone that gets loaded down by the UI? Hey, there's a reason why the Google Phone created by HTC does NOT have Sense UI on it.
     

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