February hack day

We have regular hack days at The Guardian. (They actually tend to be pairs of days, but we still call them “hack day”.) These are a great opportunity to build something completely different or explore a new idea. However, I decided to use this one to throw together a feature I wish we had on the Android app: home screen widgets!


The first feature I built was a latest news extension for DashClock. DashClock has a really neat API, so the whole thing was finished in a couple of hours.


I went on to build a resizable picture widget. It works really nicely on the lock screen.