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Losing faith in app developers...WidgetLocker/Beautiful Widgets

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by kjarrett, Aug 5, 2010.

  1. kjarrett

    kjarrett Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    First, Beautiful Widgets imploded with the 3.0 update, dev finally got his act together and it's been fine for several days, now there's an update and I'm afraid to install it ... not to mention the hassle with reconfiguration.

    Now, WidgetLocker also has an update but it forces those annoying weather animations to appear when you unlock, regardless of how you have the setting toggled. Nice!

    Thank goodness for ASTRO's backup utility...

    I realize development is hard, it's way beyond anything I could ever do, and I know we don't pay a lot for these apps, but at this rate, I'm having a hard time seeing the value for the few $ I've shelled out if the updates keep breaking things. :(


  2. Steven58


    eh .. bw is fine. just d/l today. it was a minor bug fix, nothing unusual.
  3. Vaseline Smith

    Vaseline Smith Android Enthusiast

  4. Dsoto87

    Dsoto87 Well-Known Member

    I was pulling my hair out thinking it was beautiful widgets bringing up those stupid weather animations. I was uninstalling, re-installing, restoring previous versions, and what not until I finally found out it was widget locker that was doing that.

    Widget locker is great but should stick to what it does best. The animations are unneeded. I would rather see the dev work on improving its current functions somehow than adding new, unnecessary ones.
  5. kjarrett

    kjarrett Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    From the dev:

    > You can turn them off at:
    > Settings > Look & Feel > Htc Weather Animations > Disabled
    >From WidgetLocker, go to Settings. Not from Sense UI.

    Working fine now. Shame he defaulted this to ON.

    BW is working fine too, for now. Waiting for the clock to start screwing up.

    Assuming that does not happen, all will be right with the world again, and as usual, *I* am the source of the problem, lol...

    Stubbs4Prez likes this.
  6. rcrott1

    rcrott1 Android Enthusiast

    yeah, this is not a FORCE, this is an OPTION. if you check Disable, then they go away. Widgetlocker is an amazing product. and well worth it.
  7. rcrott1

    rcrott1 Android Enthusiast

    The animations were done, i believe, because of the amount of people who requested it in the thread here http://androidforums.com/tips-tricks-incredible/125073-replace-htc-lockscreen-incredible-find-8.html

    as well as the number of emails he received requesting this option.
  8. kjarrett

    kjarrett Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

  9. rcrott1

    rcrott1 Android Enthusiast

    while i agree, i found out about the animations in the Update Notes when i upgraded the app, and went in right away, because it was something i did not want, and disabled it. :)
  10. cane2477

    cane2477 Newbie

    Good Lord, if you don't want it on, turn it off, but please stop whining about having to click an off button. The majority of users actually like the animations. If the default was set to "off" I doubt someone would start a thread to complain about it. They would just turn it on and be a happy camper...so do us a favor and just hit the off button and become a happy camper too :D
    AnotherHiggins likes this.
  11. kjarrett

    kjarrett Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

  12. Bug Splat

    Bug Splat Android Enthusiast

    Yeah the 3.0 update bombed hard. While the first fix did get the clock to stop locked the local temp was all screwed up. It was 60 degrees outside yet BW said it was 95*. Looks like the latest update fixed this issue too. I think he is a good Dev though. You can't always release a 100% perfect app. As long as he is working to fix the issues (which he has been) I'm fine with it.
    Connectz likes this.
  13. Steven58


    HMMMM...Worked fine for me. huh.
  14. tubs

    tubs Newbie

    totally agree with this.. if you don't like it, just change the setting. what's the big deal?

    I wonder how annoyed the dev is with all these nit picky complaints. The app is awesome and there are few devs that work that hard to create a good product
    AnotherHiggins and Connectz like this.
  15. JonBlue3

    JonBlue3 Newbie

    My sentiments exactly...more props and less complaints!!! I love that the developer added the weather animations and it's set to default to showcase it as a new feature!
  16. Damien

    Damien Newbie

    I had the same issue in both Widgetlocker and Lockbot Pro but fixed it by disabling "Unlock animations" in Beautiful Widgets "Smaller Home".. Haven't had the problem since.

  17. lilsaphyre

    lilsaphyre Well-Known Member

    You are right. It is a developers fault for putting out bugged product. They put them out and expect the customers to "report" or hey, even "nit picky complain" in order for them to fix them. IMHO that's just bad business practice but unfortunately Google/Android/whomever (don't rly care) allows them to do just that.
    That's just the way it is.
  18. mrjinglesusa

    mrjinglesusa Android Enthusiast

    The developers of BOTH of these programs are very quick to patch bugs that users report and there are THOUSANDS of people who are happy with both of these products AND their development. In fact, I wish MORE developers were like the developers of these two apps.

    Don't like the app, it's features, or the way it's being developed? Don't use it. It's really easy to delete an app from your phone.
  19. tubs

    tubs Newbie

    are you serious? I don't consider it a bad business practice to enable a certain setting as default, and allow the user to change it. And it's not like we have to pay more money for these updates.. we get them for free because we already paid for the app.
  20. lilsaphyre

    lilsaphyre Well-Known Member

    Most devs who care about their apps are quick or try to be even supplying updates when they can't be quick which is great.

    This post wasn't just about only these two apps. I believe OP was using them as an example of his latest frustrations. So he's skorned and pretty much shamed for sharing his opinion on something that's bugging him? Yep the OP MUST be horrible and an abomination to the android community. He must delete his apps and any other household items he deems to be not working because you know... it's easy to have a yard sale.

    OP ur fine, and you have just as much right as the nay sayers although they'll probably disagree with that too.
    I'm done with this post. This community is really in the crapper since the Froyo hullabaloo.
  21. lilsaphyre

    lilsaphyre Well-Known Member

    What are you talking about? I was talking about bugs.
    Like I just said...
  22. x0x

    x0x Android Enthusiast

    Froyo includes a new bug reporting feature so that Dev's will recieve freeze and crash reports (available via their Android Market publisher accounts). Right now Dev's are dependant on reports from users to debug.

    Needless to say, this is huge. Here is what it looks like:
  23. waynester

    waynester Android Enthusiast

    Few things I try to rem...
    1.my choice to install app, up to me to ck read me or change log
    2.Stock less probs vs customized more potential probs
    3.app free or cost minimal
    4.free apps are usually by individual not corp. with resourses
    5.free apps made in spare time, devs usually have other full time jobs
    6.devs cannot guess/see all possible configs of phones
    7.google (hands off) vs apple (death grip), for os and apps
    8.better apps have fast update to reported bugs
    9.I look at updates as dev being pro-active, not buggy apps
    10. features are usually due to popular demand

    just a few things to think of re apps
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  24. waynester

    waynester Android Enthusiast

    might want to take out the email if it is yours
  25. dreamsensei

    dreamsensei Newbie

    Maybe because many people experienced a bug where settings didn't save? Therefore you couldn't really turn it off?

    But hey, keep bitching about people bitching. Whatever gets you off.

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