A really cool new jailbreak tweak has hit Cydia recently called ProWidgets
by iOS developer Alan Yip. It's brings a widget platform all across iOS, and it's integrated deep into the features of iOS that you will use the most, including the Lock Screen, Notification Center, Control Center, Activator, and more.
ProWidgets is a widget framework that comes with a large number of default widgets, but developers can create their own third-party widgets that can be added to the tweak from Cydia. Not only that, but themers can also create their own themes for the widgets.
In this review, we will take you through most of the default options.
Right after installing ProWidgets, you will be taken through a very pretty and brief walk-through. Afterwards, you will be able to dig right in. The first thing you'll notice is your Lock Screen, which now has a new Safari button at the bottom left. You will be able to tap on that Safari button to open a Web browser widget:
You can browse the Web in this widget, or use the share button at the top right to open whatever you're looking at in the Mobile Safari application, copy the URL, bookmark the page, or close the browser widget. If you press the home button while you're in the widget, that will close it as well. Alternatively, you can double-tap on the navigation bar of the widget and it will minimize.
Minimized widgets appear on the screen like so:
A Web browsing widget isn't the only kind of widget that you can use. In fact, ProWidgets comes with numerous widgets. Another place you'll find shortcuts to widgets is in Notification Center. You will find a new "+" button next to each of the individual sections under the Today tab that will bring you to a Calendar event widget:
ProWidgets also integrates with Jonas Gessner's CCLoader (assuming you have it installed) to let you open various widgets from Control Center. In this case, we can tap on the reminders button in Control Center, and a Reminders widget will open, allowing us to set a Reminder right from the widget:
You can enable or disable ProWidgets from CCLoader's preferences pane:
ProWidgets also integrates with Ryan Petrich's Activator so you can use Activator actions to open individual widgets. In this case, we've assigned double-tapping on the Status Bar to opening the Notes widget, so when we do that, the Notes widget will appear:
Out of the box, ProWidgets includes widgets for Alarms, Web browsing, Calendar events, Dictionary, E-mails, Messages, Notes, Reminders, and even Timers. The developer says that widgets for Spotify and Google Authenticator are coming soon too! While we haven't shown you everything, this still only cracks into the surface of the potential of ProWidgets. There's even more to consider when developers can create their own third-party widgets for other applications or functions.
ProWidgets adds a preferences pane to the Settings application where you can configure the tweak to your liking:
From the Widgets cell, you can configure the individual widgets behavior. That includes what Web browser will be used for the Web browser widget, the interface type for the Alarm, Calendar, Notes, and Reminders widgets, and the ability to configure the dictionary assets for the dictionary widget. There is also a link at the very bottom for entering the URL to a third-party widget if you want to add it to ProWidgets.
From the Themes cell, you can pick the theme that looks the most appealing to you. By default, the tweak comes with Blur, Dark Blur, Grey, Plain, and Plain Blur, with Blur being enabled by default. You can also use the link at the very bottom for entering the URL to a third-party theme if you want to add it to ProWidgets.
From the Activation Methods cell, you can configure your Activator integration, assuming Activator is installed, so you can use individual Activator actions to open individual widgets on demand.
From the Configuration cell, you can configure the action of your Lock button, choose the size of the minimized widgets, configure the animation and blur effects, choose a global preference, enable or disable test mode, show the welcome screen walk-through on demand, reset all of the tweak's settings to the default, and respring to save certain changes.
It's really nice how the tweak is so well integrated into iOS, but perhaps the most stunning part are the aesthetics. It really looks like something Apple would have wanted to create, so for that, it feels right to use the tweak. It doesn't feel like some alien interface that doesn't belong on your iOS device.
With all these widgets, it makes multitasking very simple; best of all, it works on the iPad too, so you can take advantage of the larger canvas to really use more widgets at once. iPhone and iPod touch users are also supported.
With the tiny price tag of just $2.99, it's safe to say that ProWidgets is a very fine and worthwhile purchase. More updates are expected in the future, and a lot of aftermarket support from third-party developers is also expected. If you would like to give ProWidgets a try, it's available in Cydia's BigBoss repository right now.
iPhone 5 running iOS 7.0.6