[APP] Phone dialer Widget

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By easyjoin, Senior Member on 15th September 2019, 12:45 PM
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The purpose of this widget is to make it easier for elderly people to make phone calls and read SMS.

Get it from XDA labs.

There are various applications like this, but none were as simple and essential as I needed it, so I decided to create one. I share it in case it's useful to others.

Unlike other solutions this is a widget and not a launcher. The widget shows a dial panel, icons to show contacts and SMS and you can have buttons for a quick dial contact and device flashlight.
You can configure the widget from the application.

It is recommended to use a launcher that allows you to remove any other item from the home page and that allows you to lock the home page so as to prevent the person using the phone from removing the widget.
Personally I have used Nova but I would like to know if there are other launchers that can offer the above features in a better way.

It needs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) or newer.

Uses the following permissions:
  • android.permission.CALL_PHONE: to initiate a phone call. If you don't give this permission the application will open the default dialer app with the selected telephone number.
  • android.permission.READ_CONTACTS: to read the contacts to be displayed.
  • android.permission.READ_SMS: to read the SMS to be displayed.
  • android.permission.CAMERA: to use the flashlight.

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11th November 2019, 11:19 PM |#2  
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Thanks. I have been looking for a good widget for my mom's phone. I like the clear numbers in boxes. There are a couple of changes that I think will make this more usable. The spaces to the left and right of the 0 button should have star and number sign buttons. Also, isn't the Android hang up button built into the Android calling screen? It seems this widget's hang up button is just for clearing the typed numbers? If so, it would be simpler for a senior to see this visually as CLEAR or something like that, or turn it into a backspace button .
The way I have set up my mom's phone is that her few contacts are shortcuts on the screen so there is no need to see the contacts icon. You have the option to disable the sms icon in the dialing window which is great, but an option to remove the contacts icon would be good to have also.

---------- Post added at 12:19 AM ---------- Previous post was at 12:16 AM ----------

Also, maybe remove the keep alive service which is just for getting back into the settings? Just have the settings as a one and done when you add the widget since there aren't many options.
16th June 2020, 11:09 PM |#3  
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Thank you. Simplicity.
Simple and Clean is the way that this dial pad makes my grandmothers phone work.
30th June 2020, 08:45 AM |#4  
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Update 1.0.1
- Enabled default tick sound on a button's press.
14th September 2020, 01:24 PM |#5  
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Update 1.1
  • It has been removed the permission to create a service in foreground and the relative notification.
  • It has been removed the permission to listen to the arrival of new SMS.
  • Permission to make phone calls has become optional. If it is not given, the default phone application with the selected phone number will open.
  • The icons for contacts and SMS are displayed only when corresponding permissions are given to the app.
  • The contact list is automatically updated when the device contacts are changed.
  • The icon to cancel the choice of number and/or contact has been replaced by the one with an "X" - it is no longer the one with the handset down.
  • The icon to close the contact and SMS list has been moved to the bottom.
21st September 2020, 08:46 AM |#6  
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Update 1.2
  • The dial and cancel buttons are visible only when a phone number has been typed/selected.
  • You can set the name and phone number of a contact to get a speed dial button.
  • It is possible to have a button to turn on the phone flashlight.
  • For devices using Android M and newer, the buttons and icons you see in the widget depend on the permissions given to the app. For Lollipop and older devices there are switches to decide what you see in the widget.
23rd September 2020, 09:01 AM |#7  
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Update 1.3
  • You can view SMS and contacts with a smaller font.
23rd September 2020, 03:36 PM |#8  
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Thank you for sharing! It looks easy to use. The most important thing that it allows to use SMS, while other apps that I've tried doesn't support this function.
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