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 dialer panel and has a couple of icons to display the phone contacts and the latest SMS.
You can configure some aspects of 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.
- android.permission.READ_CONTACTS: to read the contacts to be displayed.
- android.permission.READ_SMS: to read the SMS to be displayed.
- android.permission.RECEIVE_SMS: to update the list of SMS when a new one arrives.