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[APP] Genie widget (Google news and weather)

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tweakradje

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This is version 1.3.3 of the Google News and Weather widget.

I have tested 1.3.4 but I found that news sorting as not OK some times.

How to use:

- install with adb install -r GenieWidget.1.3.3.apk or whatever method
- add News and Weather widget to you home screen (I use 4x1 News and Weather)
- select Google news items (they are localized)
- add custom news items (see below)

The info the app uses comes from Google news. If you add custom news try the keywords first at news.google.com to see the results.

I like to add custom tweakers.net info so I type: site:tweakers.net as keywords

Weather comes indirectly from weather channel. So lookup you location first at Weather Channel.

(un)install info:

If it is system app (in ROM) overwrite original:
adb remount (mounts /system rw)
adb push GenieWidget.1.3.3.apk /system/app/GenieWidget.apk
adb shell rm /data/dalvik-cache/[email protected]@com.google.android.apps.ge[email protected]
adb reboot

If it is user app just use:
adb install -r GenieWidget.1.3.3.apk
adb shell rm /data/dalvik-cache/[email protected]@[email protected]
adb reboot

so app and dex go to:

Apk:
/data/app/com.google.android.apps.genie.geniewidget-1.apk (user app)

Dex:
/data/dalvik-cache/[email protected]@[email protected]

Data:
/data/data/com.google.android.apps.genie.geniewidget

Cache:
/sdcard/Android/data/com.google.android.apps.genie.geniewidget.news-content-cache


Cheers

EDIT1: looks like there is a bug in the genie widget. If you add more then 2 own news subjects
it cannot sort these pages by date. Please confirm.


EDIT2: to solve above problem it looks like I had to clear /data/dalvik-cache/[email protected]@[email protected]
and reboot

EDIT3: Added 1.3.11 Runs from 2.3 and up, looks better on ICS/JB, no big changes.
 

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JVogler

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Mar 3, 2010
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On the weather graph, what is the shaded area supposed to represent. I thought originally it was to distinguish between day and night, but its always moving to odd times, and disappearing all the way sometimes.
 

Frank67

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Apr 10, 2005
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I am a bit confused about the version numbers....

GenieWidget.1.3.3.apk
GenieWidget_1.3.04.apk

1.3.04 or 1.3.4 ? at the top i see 1.3.4 ...

Which one is the latest ?
 

Libunda

Member
Feb 23, 2009
20
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Unfortunately, 1.3.3 or 1.3.4 do not work correctly.
Maybe the problem is in ROM by Tytung :-(
 

GalaxyS4G

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Apr 12, 2011
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Awesome! Thanks, I've tried like 6 different versions and none of them worked on my Bionix-Frost ROM.
 

Indyana_Jones

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Sep 30, 2010
1
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Thank you very much! It works on Puse!

Would be possible to create a version with transparent background (1.3.4)? Thank you in advance!
 

WPWoodJr

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Sep 12, 2011
230
133
Genie Widget 1.3.04 works great on my stock Bionic. Thanks!

It was installed at:
/data/app/com.google.android.apps.genie.geniewidget-1.apk

Why is the apk named with "-1" on the end?
 

chamaruco

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Sep 17, 2011
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solved a bad Italian translation for some week day with 1.3.4 version.
thanks
 
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disfr

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Mar 3, 2010
10
0
Thanks man! Just what I was looking for! Had this widget on my latest Defy rom, but lost it when I flashed a new ROM. Works perfectly and the feature to add custom topics for tabs is just awesome! :)
 

twilightw

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Mar 3, 2012
14
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awesome, thanks, 1.3.3 worked for me on samsung exhibit 2, Peach sunrise ROM. I'm glad you posted it since it didn't work once backed up on titaniumbackup
 

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    This is version 1.3.3 of the Google News and Weather widget.

    I have tested 1.3.4 but I found that news sorting as not OK some times.

    How to use:

    - install with adb install -r GenieWidget.1.3.3.apk or whatever method
    - add News and Weather widget to you home screen (I use 4x1 News and Weather)
    - select Google news items (they are localized)
    - add custom news items (see below)

    The info the app uses comes from Google news. If you add custom news try the keywords first at news.google.com to see the results.

    I like to add custom tweakers.net info so I type: site:tweakers.net as keywords

    Weather comes indirectly from weather channel. So lookup you location first at Weather Channel.

    (un)install info:

    If it is system app (in ROM) overwrite original:
    adb remount (mounts /system rw)
    adb push GenieWidget.1.3.3.apk /system/app/GenieWidget.apk
    adb shell rm /data/dalvik-cache/[email protected]@[email protected]
    adb reboot

    If it is user app just use:
    adb install -r GenieWidget.1.3.3.apk
    adb shell rm /data/dalvik-cache/[email protected]@[email protected]
    adb reboot

    so app and dex go to:

    Apk:
    /data/app/com.google.android.apps.genie.geniewidget-1.apk (user app)

    Dex:
    /data/dalvik-cache/[email protected]@[email protected]

    Data:
    /data/data/com.google.android.apps.genie.geniewidget

    Cache:
    /sdcard/Android/data/com.google.android.apps.genie.geniewidget.news-content-cache


    Cheers

    EDIT1: looks like there is a bug in the genie widget. If you add more then 2 own news subjects
    it cannot sort these pages by date. Please confirm.


    EDIT2: to solve above problem it looks like I had to clear /data/dalvik-cache/[email protected]@[email protected]
    and reboot

    EDIT3: Added 1.3.11 Runs from 2.3 and up, looks better on ICS/JB, no big changes.
    3
    You have to change/fix permissions. Compare the permissions from .04 and .11 Make .11 the same as .04

    Just to add to the clarification. You don't install it. Put it in the system/app folder then change permissions, and reboot. Once it reboots it will be in your app drawer. Root Explorer works great for me. I've added many system apps like that. Make sure you change your folder explorer to R/W from R/O.

    Follow the white rabbit... Sent from the Galaxy...
    2
    Weather channel api is not working at the moment. Dunno why. Same here.

    Cheers
    1
    Thanks.

    Out of seven different GenieWidget.apk I found, yours is the only one that works on my custom Samsung/Android ROM.
    1
    Sorry about the confusion but 1.3.04 = 1.3.4

    Cheers