Today we’ve released version 1.5.1 of our Pushover client for Android. This update adds widget functionality that allows you to display your Pushover notifications on your home screen and, on Android 4.2+, your lock screen.
Android 3 and 4 brought increased functionality to widgets, allowing them to be resized and interacted with much more than before. For Pushover, this means you can now scroll through your list of notifications inside the widget, and tap on one to open it in the Pushover client.
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean also brought lock-screen widget functionality, which allows certain widgets to be displayed while the phone is locked. For users that have more complex unlock methods such as a pattern or PIN/password, it can sometimes be a pain to unlock the phone to see Pushover notifications. Our new lock-screen widget allows you to add a Pushover widget to the lock screen and swipe to the right to see your new notifications without even having to unlock the phone. When you tap on a notification to expand or delete it, you will be required to unlock the phone first.
While more than 85% of Pushover users on Android are using devices with Android 4.0 or higher and benefit from our newer notification styles and widgets, we are committed to bringing as much functionality as we can to older devices running Android 2.3 or 3.0. As much of our widget utilizes new APIs only available in Android 4.0 and 4.2, our widget cannot be used on Android 2.3 with this release. We are working to backport some of the basic functionality to work on Android 2.3 and hope to include it with a future Pushover release.