HTC's got its own unique way of doing lock screen widgets

The Android 4.2 update for the HTC One brings new features galore, including lock screen widgets, now a standard Android feature. But HTC's doing things a little differently in this area, and if you don't know where to look, then you might overlook it completely.

Once you've got your HTC One updated to Android 4.2 — the update's rolling out now in Europe and Asia — you'll need to head to Settings > Personalize > Lock screen style and choose the new "Widget" option at the end of the list. From here, you can choose a single lock screen widget to go at the top of your lock screen. That's right, unfortunately you can't scroll through multiple pages of widgets like you can in stock Android.

So if you were looking to access a plethora of widgets without unlocking your phone, you may come away disappointed — but single widgets work just as well as they do in the stock OS, including the ability to expand (but oddly not close) your lock screen widget.

HTC isn't offering any of its own lock screen widgets in the 4.2 update, most likely because many of the Sense apps can hook directly into the existing lock screen templates (e.g. "Productivity," "Music," "Gallery"). However you do get the usual selection from Google, including Gmail, Google Now and Google+.

For its part, rival Samsung has its own way of handling lock screen widgets that's perhaps even more confusing.

 
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Linebarrel86 says:

HTC is just terrible.

They somehow managed to gimp Android again.

Samsung adds tons of crap on top, which is bad enough. HTC does worse: changing things for the sake of change.

How does limiting the widgets benefit anyone? Ridiculous...

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Samsung did worse.

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Ron Patel says:

Care to elaborate?

Rondo says:

I believe he was referring to the way that the S4 prevents you from using lockscreen widgets if you have any security other than "Swipe" set on the lockscreen. I'd agree, it's worse. So far the only thing about the S4 that is making me reget my choice of that phone.

mssca says:

I think there are few people here who either work for HTC or hold shares from them. :)

Samsung also has added bad stuff... But I found things like multi-window and their interface to be useful.

ronzkie21 says:

You're ridiculous! I like HTC and how they do things and for sure some will agree with me. Leave us alone.

Monarchtron says:

How does a lot of widget benefit anyone also haha! By the time you scroll to your last widget you've could've unlock your phone and checked. I'm fine with one. Dashclock.

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With Dashclock, won't you end up with two clocks?

Chris McFaul says:

Yes and it looks AWFUL

akutch34 says:

all you have to do is check "hide clock" in the DashClock settings... it solves that problem.

Connor Mason says:

So you can't pick 2 4x2 widgets, 4 4x1 widgets, etc? Only one widget?

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Chris McFaul says:

correct, and you cant even do like on the Nexus 4 and have differnet widgets on differnet pages, you get one widget, on one page, with HTC's clock and weather icons at the bottom that you cant remove

BEARD GANG says:

The uk still hasn't got this update

ChromeJob says:

Alex is in the UK, mate. :-\

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BEARD GANG says:

Very true, but he rooted and installed it from the leak

Alex Dobie says:

Not true. I used S-OFF to change my CID so I got the update faster. The firmware I'm running is the final 4.2.2 update — version 2.24.401.1.

Chris McFaul says:

its official in the UK now

Mark4christ says:

HTC one = awesome. Gold HTC One = awesomer

ChromeJob says:

Not great, but with HD Widgets or Dash Clock, a single widget can tell you lots, even (with HD Widgets) toggle some settings right from the lock screen - IF Sense will let them.

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That's my question... Can I load Dash Clock on this, once the H1 gets 4.2? Doesn't Dash Clock allow for multiple widgets? If so, everyone is golden, the same way adding Nova fixes whatever Sense mucks up. Can anyone confirm that Dash Clock can be installed on the H1 with 4.2 and that it functions as promised?

Dashclock is a single widget that allows for multiple extensionsnot widgets.

Well done HTC you'll clearly know how to keep customers away

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ymshulman says:

There's been this horrible bug on the lockscreen, where if any apps were given "accessibility" permissions, the lockscreen would open on just one touch, and so not work properly.

Do you know/ can you check if this has been fixed?

The users that have been most affected by this are those that use the Pebble watch, which uses accessibility to watch the notification bar; those that use DashClock and have widgets there to display notifications from different apps and so have to watch the notification bar; and users of NiLS, which basically puts notifications that come in onto a widget which can be displayed on your homescreen/4.2.2 lockscreen/ WidgetLocker replacement lockscreen. (This last option, NiLS, will effectively allow you to replicate some of the iPhone's lockscreen features, as it will allow you to have the screen wake when notifications come in and display them on the lockscreen, and let you click them from there and jump right into the relevant app.)