In the past we had a detailed article about the new and exciting features in iOS 5. One of the major new features that we mentioned was the new Notification Centre that houses all the messages/notifications such as calls, sms etc. that you can check at any later time. As many have already noticed, Notification Centre also shows all new widgets developed by Apple specifically for the iOS 5 namely weather and stock widgets. Soon after the release of the iOS 5 beta, we were expecting that jailbreak community will move ahead and bring us the new customized 3rd party widgets to break away from the Apple exclusive widgets. And they didn’t disappoint! We have already a handful and surprisingly very useful 3rd party widgets available for the iOS 5 Notification System and almost all of them are available for free! In this article, we will have an ultimate rundown of the best iOS 5 notification center widgets currently available. Enjoy!
Please note that since these iOS 5 notification center widgets are by nature in fact Cydia tweaks, and hence requires that you have an iOS 5 powered iPhone (or some other iOS device) and already jailbroken.
UISettings integrates some really useful buttons for commonly used actions right into the new Notification Centre of iOS 5! The actions integrated through the UISettings for now include the very common functions such as Airplane mode, Respring, Brightness control, Wi-Fi on/off etc. You might notice that it has some similarity to the already available and well known SBSettings tweak that also allows to control all these functions, and provides much more customization. But the beauty of the UISettings is in the way it nicely integrates in the iOS 5 notification center.
As its name implies it allows you to easily access the latest RSS news from your favorite RSS subscribed websites right from the iOS 5 Notification Centre. No need to launch a dedicated app just to have a quick glance at the latest tech news of your interest for example. It seems that RSSWidget can get the latest RSS updates in real-time.
WeeTwitter puts the entire Twitter timeline including the mentions, retweets, replies and saved searches in to the Notification Center.
WidgetTask is actually made by the same guy who brought us the UISettings. And no wonder this tweak is equally as useful as that one. Because what WidgetTask does is it puts your multitasking bar that you access using the double-tap Home button right in to the Notification Centre! So, no need to double-tap that hard to press Home button again after installing this tweak!
As its name implies is a mobile Facebook accessible right from with in the iOS 5 Notification Centre! It should be good complimentary widget to the WeeTwitter you know. It has been developed by a developer named Manuel Gebele.
It puts the Google translate at your finger tips (ah I mean in the new iOS 5 notification center!). It has been developed by an Italian developer named Simone (@sh1m3on).
Here are some of the features of the WeeTranslate:
– Translates to 5-languages (English, Italian, Spanish, German, French)
– Uses the world’s most-famous translation engine (Google Translate)
– Free, fast, convenient, low-bandwidth data
Using this application you can quickly compose a new email, sms, note, tweet or a reminder without problem. It is being developed by the iHaz3 – a popular iOS developer.
Actually, OmniStat is a fairly powerful widget that includes a number of features rolled in to a single widget. For the starters, in includes a number of useful toggles (buttons) to turn on/off the common functions such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, flight mode etc. in the top row (rememberUISettings?). Then it has a number if useful stats screens that are selectable by swiping left and right. They cover things like the free and used memory released stats (in a pie chart view) as well as the currently running processes list – all from the connivance of the iOS 5 Notification Centre. Best of all OmniStat is available for free of charge as many other iOS 5 Notification Center widgets.
SpringPrefs is yet another jailbreak tweak for the new iOS 5 Notification Tray. This is one puts the useful system stats such as free RAM, IP address, Up time, firmware ID etc. in the Notification Tray of iOS 5. As the previously mentioned UISettings, WeeTwitter Widget and then WidgetTask widgets this one also seems pretty useful because it allows to have a quick glance at the important system stats instead of launching any individual app to do so.
MusicCenter will place the Now Playing info for you music lovers right in there where it belongs – Notification Tray in iOS 5. This will show the album art as well as the rating of the song (in terms of stars), playback time etc. (as shown below). This one has been developed by the @WrightsCS.
BBSettings is developed by the Manuel Gebele – the same guy who developed the WeeFacebook. After installing the widget first thing you will notice is the distinct resemblance to the popular SBSettings app and UISettings another popular widget for the iOS 5 notification Center. Basically it combines the best ideas from both theses applications and puts all the useful features in single widget for the user to have a quick access.
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