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Is there a flick-scrolling contacts widget?

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by jodaboda, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. jodaboda

    jodaboda Member
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    I'm new to Android, and have the Nexus One. Before getting it, I was planning on getting the Nokia X6, which has a very cool widget that shows pics of your contacts in a row on your home screen, and allows you to scroll through them.

    I assumed there would be a widget like this for Android, but can't find one. All I've found are ways to put a single contact as a shortcut on the desktop, or a few contacts together. I really want it to be compact and scrolling though. Any ideas?

    Here's a pic of the X6-- you can see the scrolling contacts widget at the top.


  2. Hegemony

    Hegemony Android Enthusiast

    I don't think flick scrolling is possible in a widget on stock Android. Widgets can't really animate, they just sort of refresh. Custom Android ROMs like Sense UI can do this because they have added onto the Android widget framework. The best I think you'll find is a scrolling via buttons sort of thing. That's what Twidroid does on the widget, just gives you page up/down buttons.

    This is my understanding of Android right now... if this isn't right, please post.

    Edit: I think there's a home replacement that has an animated widget framework. Can't remember which one, and I don't think it was very far along.
  3. jodaboda

    jodaboda Member
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for the response. I think I'll just end up placing shortcuts to my top 6 or so contacts on the (left or right) desktop. Then, from the main desktop, it'll be just "flick and click" to either call or text someone. I suppose this is faster than scrolling through a long list of contacts.

    It would be nice to be able to have smaller icons-- like 6 across-- for this. Oh well...
  4. shrink57

    shrink57 Android Expert

    PandaHome Dockbars allow up and down scrolling - you are able to insert individual contacts (set up as "direct dial" shortcuts). The nice thing is the dockbars move out of the way when not needed.
  5. jodaboda

    jodaboda Member
    Thread Starter

    Thanks so much. This is really great. I like the dock bars a lot, and they also happen to be 7 icons tall, and I have 7 people I regularly contact, so I don't even need the scrolling.

    I wish I didn't have to have this whole Pandahome thing installed just to use the dockbars, but "oh well". I guess I'll try to disable as much of it as I can.
  6. shrink57

    shrink57 Android Expert

    You can also control the width and height of each sidebar. Glad it is working out for you :)
  7. trekgraham

    trekgraham Member

    Has pandahome become more stable? I had an issue with it in the past, went to home++ but now that is giving a lot of force close
  8. jodaboda

    jodaboda Member
    Thread Starter

    working perfectly on nexus one.
  9. shrink57

    shrink57 Android Expert

    I have been having problems with the latest couple of releases of Panda buy luckily have a backup of a release from about a week ago (I think the first v1.80 if I am not mistaken). That one has worked fine for me. It seems everyone has a different experience.
  10. Tim K

    Tim K Android Expert

    why not just set them as favorites in your contacts list? Its the star tab at the top. Its not as quick as a widget but it naturally fits 7 contacts with pictures right on the screen.
  11. jodaboda

    jodaboda Member
    Thread Starter

    I didn't see the favorites list at first, but may use it (as long as it's static, not dynamically-updated, which would be annoying).

    For now I just have direct-text and direct-dial shortcuts on my 2nd home screen. It's very quick and no clutter on the home screen.
  12. jasnmb

    jasnmb Well-Known Member

    it's static if you 'star' them. once you do that, you can create a folder on your home screen that opens just your starred contacts.

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