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FAQ

Why should I install this great piece of software?

  • You're really looking forward to the kickoff for the Soccer World Cup in Brazil in 2014, but you don't want to decrement the seconds left by yourself?
  • Have you ever been wondering how old your girlfriend is exactly, but never dared to ask for more than her birthday?
  • You want to impress your lovely wife with the most accurate answer possible for the question 'how long are we married, honey?'
  • You'd like to suprise all your curious friends who keep asking how old your cute newborn baby is?
  • You're a bit annoyed by your kids who wanna know how much days or hours remain till they get their Christmas- or birthday presents?
  • You can't wait till the beginning of the world's biggest and greatest party: the Oktoberfest in Munich, Bavaria?

If one of these questions sounds familiar to you and you're not the arithmetic-genius kind of guy, I can present the perfect solution to your serious problem here and now:

You can answer all of them with my Countdown Widget in the most exact way possible with a simple look on your Android™-powered Smartphone!

Disclaimer: well, I'm exaggerating a little bit. The smallest time-units provided by the Countdown Widget are seconds. But hey - who wants to count in milli- or even smaller - seconds?!

Honestly, that's the best explanation I've ever read! But where are the screenshots?

Here you go!

 
 
 A couple example Widgets
 Configuration Dialog


What is the difference between Countdown Widget and Countdown Widget LITE?

A great question! The functionality is exactly the same, besides one point: it's not possible to place more than one Widget on your homescreens with Countdown Widget LITE, whereas you can create as many Widgets as you like with Countdown Widget.

Hopefully the following table explains the difference in more detail:


LITE

Show only seconds
true
true
Show only minutes
true
true
Show only hours
true
true
Show only days
true
true
Show days, hours, minutes, seconds together
true
true
Edit Event
true
true
Customizable Background-Colours
true
true
Customizable Date-&Time-Format
true
true
Option to send Notification when Event is due
true
true
Working on Android 2.x/3.x/4.x
true
true
Ad-free
true
true
Multi-Widget-support
false
true

Hey, you said I can display the time in different units! How can I do that?

That's an easy one - I wonder why you didn't find that out by yourself: simply tap on the center or right side of the Countdown Widget. Every touch changes the units.

I suppose you tested your awesome product before releasing it here - Which phones did you use for that?

I own a GOOGLE NEXUS (Android 4.2) Smartphone, so that one is used for development and testing most intensively. Some of my friends have a SAMSUNG GALAXY S III (Android 4.0.4) and they haven't encountered any bugs or problems till now. The widgets are tested on a SAMSUNG GALAXY S II and a SONY EXPERIA ACTIVE/SONY ERICSSON ST 17I (Android 4.0.4) as well without any issues. 

Update: For backwards-compatibility down to Android 2.x, I used my old HTC DESIRE (Android 2.2.2).

Why did you create this beautiful Widget at all? I don't think you're gonna get rich with that!

One reason why I built the Countdown Widget is because I wanted to solve a couple of the world's most important problems - already described on top of this page!

A further motivation was, that I liked the idea to customize my Android-Smartphone with code that I've written by myself. Besides of that, I'm a Software-Engineer specialized in the Java Programming Language, so it seemed a great possibility to get to know a new Programming-Framework. Yeah, I know: the last two sentences sound a bit nerdy...

But now the main reason: I wanted to know how much time there's left till the Mayor of Munich shouts out his famous 'O zapft is!'-words at the opening of the world's biggest and greatest party: the Oktoberfest in Munich, Bavaria!

Got it, but there are already a couple of Apps and Widgets available that provide the functionality you've been looking for - why re-inventing the wheel?

That's not completely true: I tried out quite a bunch of them before I started to work on my baby. Either it wasn't possible to show the time in different units or I didn't like the design or there was no Widget-functionality or they only supported fixed dates like Christmas.

Do you have any plans to offer my favourite Widget for non-Android-phones?

  • IPhone OS (iOS)? → Not at the moment!
  • Windows Mobile? → Nope!
  • WebOS, Symbian, Blackberry? → No, not at all!