Nov 16, 2016
Admittedly, a lot of what framed my initial Android impressions came from comparisons with other operating systems. For instance, the whole concept of launchers was something I picked up from Palm. Calendar management? BlackBerry baby.
And so on…
Customization on Android was something I had to see to believe and understand. Having an device I could tailor to my own tastes was something I really enjoyed.
There are a couple of apps that did make the change more palatable, and Devmil’s Minimalistic Text is near the top of the list. I thought the feature set was — is — groovy indeed.
And what does it do? Well, Minimalistic Text makes widgets sexier. Now, when that is viewed from the perspective of one that is new to Android and the beauty of widgets to begin with, you’ll understand why this app excites me.
In a nutshell, it allows one to customize said widgets… really, one is able to make his/her own. It provides a range of templates, and then allows one to tweak its appearance, down to the color and shadow effect. One can make a widget based on date, weather, battery meter and the like. You can even create one out of straight text. Then, one can make it look just perfect, using a serious color selector and other tools.
One fine function is the ability to assign taps. This allows you to, say, create a text widget and make it invoke another app or action. On my main device, I have a week bar widget (with the actual day of the week highlighted); tapping on it invokes a customized agenda widget. But I can also assign a double tap action, and with that, I have a custom weather widget.
It really allows me to pack in a lot of information that is easily accessible in a clean way. That’s a major reason why Minimalistc Text is on every main Android driver I have owned.