Reader Widget 1.2

After some feedback from the guys over at xda-developers I changed the background of the Reader Widget to a more standard one:


I have also fixed the onclick action so that it work for browsers other than the default e.g. Steel.
The layout of the configuration screen is improved and it scrolls when the phone is horizontal now.
Get the updated version at the usual place.

I have also uploaded this version to the Android Market as a free app. Search for “reader small” and it should appear. If you download it from there please rate it. Any feedback is welcome.


New Reader Widget

I have made a second update to the Reader Widget. Changes include:

  • New icons
  • Update period of 24 hours fixed
  • Config cleaned up when removed from home screen
  • Background thread for retrieving data to prevent “App Not Responding force close/wait” pop-ups
  • Signed properly with non-debug key
  • Logging reduced to minimum

Get it in the usual place. Please uninstall any old versions before re-installing.


Reader Widget Update

I have fixed some bugs with the Reader Widget:

  • Text fits better in layout when phone is in horizontal position
  • Zero unread items condition handled
  • Loads properly after reboot

Get it from the same place. Please uninstall the old version before installing the new one (SettingsApplicationsManage Applications).


My First Android App: The Reader Widget

I’ve been developing an Android widget over the past few days. It uses the Google Reader API to find the number of unread items in Google Reader. It also displays the most recent unread item time. Get it here.
After installation go to your home screen, press Menu, Add, then Widgets and it should be in the list.

Reader Widget


  • Android 1.5 (cupcake)
  • Google Reader Account
  • Install applications from unknown sources enabled (in SettingsApplications)


  • Compact 1×1 cell size
  • Automatic authorization against Google Reader API (no username and password required)
  • Configurable update period from 10 mins to 24 hours
  • Most recent unread item time displayed
  • Touch or click on it to launch Google Reader browser window

Give it a try. I might even upload it to the market. The reason its called “ReaderWidgetSmall” is because I’m planning on creating larger versions that show more info about what’s new in your Google Reader feeds.


Android ADP1.5 (cupcake) now on my G1

Just a quick update to say I now have cupcake on my phone! I went with haykuro’s apps2sd build. Its looks pretty good so far. I like the new widgets and I have some ideas for writing my own.
PubCrawler works and seems to be a bit snappier when navigating the map. As mentioned before dragging on the map works in Android 1.5!