StackWidget 1.1

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StackOverflow home screen widget. Displays hottest question - click widget to see top 10 hottest.

New in 1.1: - Change question category (newest, by tag) - Switch to other StackExchange sites - Change update frequency

Coming soon: - Save questions and get notified when they get answers

This is only my second Android app and my first widget. Really just doing this to learn, but if people want to use it, here you go! It's on the market and also on Google Code.

New version adds some extra settings (adds support for specifying tags, changing the StackExchange site, setting update interval), changes styles.


New BSD License



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Android 1.6+


Made by me in my spare time over a couple of days. Leave your feedback here or on the Android Market.


Source code on Google Code (click the ling up there, I can only post 1 link) I warn you, it isn't the prettiest. Not well documented ATM but as I add features I'll comment it up.

  • Did you use an API wrapper provided by this site? – jjnguy Jun 21 '10 at 20:15
  • I think you have enough rep now... – Nathan Osman Jun 21 '10 at 20:20
  • Woop, pretty pictures. jjnguy - no, I didn't, since all I'm doing right now is some pretty lightweight JSON parsing. When/if I develop it I'll look into them - this was just a see-if-I-can-do-it deal. There's another app on here, Droidstack - looks pretty good, I might see if the owner is up for a merge or something. – blork Jun 21 '10 at 20:34
  • @blork, if you decide to use a wrapper, let Bill and/or me know what you think of stackwrap4j if you look at it. – jjnguy Jun 21 '10 at 20:42
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    The logo is awesome. I'll see if I can try this out later. – Nathan Osman Jun 22 '10 at 20:23
  • Hey! I just had the greatest idea - when a user clicks on a question in the widget, why not redirect them to the appropriate page on StackMobile.com ? – Nathan Osman Jun 22 '10 at 20:33
  • @George Edison That's a great idea! I didn't even realize someone had made a mobile version, much nicer than loading up the full size sites. I'll make a quick change and upload 1.11. And thanks! Also, I've had one review on the market saying the app didn't appear in their widget list. Anyone else had this problem? I'm testing on 1.6 in the emulator and 2.1 on my device, and I've no problems. Could someone with Sense let me know? – blork Jun 22 '10 at 22:22
  • @blork: Awesome! is all I can say. I fired up my Android Emulator (I don't actually have an Android phone) and it looks great! Thanks for integrating with my site - these two apps together make for the best Android experience possible. – Nathan Osman Jun 23 '10 at 1:46
  • Just updated to 1.12. Fixed a few bugs, added sorting options, better update scheduling. – blork Jun 24 '10 at 15:01
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    That's an awesome icon! – Matt S. Jun 25 '10 at 21:49
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    @blork You can integrate with Droidstack :) (not trying to steal George's thunder) – Felix Jul 14 '10 at 18:47
  • @blork I added StackWidget to my IntegratingApps wiki page :) – Felix Aug 26 '10 at 16:13

Version 1.3 (new features!)

Posting update here so it's more visible.

  • A lot more user control - number of questions, sorting, tags.
  • Long press on questions to save them to favourites.
  • By default you will receive notifications when favourites get new answers.
  • Pressing question will take to you StackMobile version of site for improved mobile browsing.
  • Performance increase (list rendering should be improved).

Coming in 1.4:

  • Automatically favouriting questions by a user so you can get notifications when your own questions are answered.

Questions, comments, suggestions?


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  • 1.31 with manual refresh option just uploaded to market – blork Jun 27 '10 at 19:22
  • Updated to use API version 1.0 – blork Jul 10 '10 at 12:55
  • Updated to add support for all current and future StackExchange sites – blork Jul 31 '10 at 15:33
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    Added Droidstack integration (stackapps.com/questions/585/droidstack-for-android-1-0-3b) – blork Jul 31 '10 at 18:11
  • Is this still being updated? The market claims that the current version is 1.5 ... – Malabarba Jan 13 '11 at 17:52
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    I haven't updated this post for a while, but 1.5 was mainly to fix a bug anyway. I might still add to the app in future but it isn't a priority for me right now. – blork Jan 16 '11 at 19:51

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