It’s been at least 2 weeks now since the announcement of iOS 5 and it’s features. One of the most important changes to iOS was the Notification Center, which is a slide down tray that shows you the latest notifications in widget forms. This meant that developers could start making specialized widgets for the Notification Center since Apple had already let iOS 5 Beta 1 out. If you’ve tried iOS 5 Beta on your iOS device and also tethered jailbroke it then you’ll enjoy the following 4 Notification Center Widgets courtesy of Cydia.
This is a really nice Notification Center Widget that brings the Multi-tasking tray to the notifications tray. You can now switch between running applications just by sliding down the notifications tray instead of double-clicking the Home button. WidgetTask has been developed by the same guys who brought us the equally helpful UISettings widget. The widget has it’s own settings in Notifications and can be adjusted as well. To install WidgetTask you’ll require a jailbroken iOS device and iOS 5 Beta.
In Cydia, add source http://qwertyoruiop.com/beta/ or http://qwertyoruiop.com/beta2/ and then install WidgetTask.
SpringPrefs for iOS 5 Notification center brings the important system information about your iOS device right to the Notification tray. This widget will display all the system stats such as RAM usage and availability, Wi-Fi IP address, iOS version, battery stats and some others. It’s quite an useful widget as you can see the amount of RAM being utilized and manage your apps accordingly.
However, the developer hasn’t released this widget yet and said he would when Apple announces iOS 5 to the public later this year. Probably because it’s been developed using the developer version of iOS 5 and could require updating once the final version is out.
The name of the Widget says it all. WeeTwitter is a notification center widget that displays your Twitter timeline, along with mentions, direct messages and Search. It’s exactly like the Twitter App for iOS devices, only it’s smaller and is a Widget. At the moment even WeeTwitter isn’t available on Cydia, but you can install this by following these steps:
- Download this .deb file using Safari on your iOS device
- You need to have iFile installed on your device, which can be downloaded from Cydia.
- Open the downloaded .deb file using iFile and then select Installer to install it.
- Now login to your Twitter account using Safari.
- Respring and check in Notifications Settings whether your Twitter profile is connected. Also check out the video after the break from iPhoneDownloadBlog if you’re confused.
Another useful widget, specially if you’re a blogger and want to read all the happening news as they happen. This is available for download on Cydia and is from the same developer who brought us UISettings and WidgetTask. The installation part is easy, but adding your RSS feeds to this widget, which apparently updates them in Real-time is quite difficult.
- Download and install RSSWidget by adding this source to Cydia, http://qwertyoruiop.com/beta
- Once installed, you’ll need to SSH your iDevice and locate :/System/Library/WeeAppPlugins/ RSSWidget.bundle/.
- Now open com.idevhaice.rsswidget.plist and add your RSS feed links to the default string.
That’s it!! If you’ve installed iOS 5 beta 1 on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad and have also jailbroken it, then do try the available widgets and let us know if they’re working fine for you.