A little love for Android users – for your weekend mornings

Occasionally we get accused of being a little too Apple focussed here at teamstuff. I don’t really know why. We try really hard to be nicely balanced between Android and iOS. And I know this because I have a weekly reminder “Think about Android too” that pops up on my MacBook, or my iPhone or my iWatch. That’s balanced right?

So this one’s for our large and growing Android user base. Because you too are wondering about the  important things on a Saturday or Sunday morning – you too are thinking – is there enough time to get a coffee before that first game? And now you can get that answer via the Teamstuff Widget.

Super easy to install, and gives you that instant view of your upcoming day. Here’s what it looks like;

Teamstuff Widget in all its glory

Teamstuff Widget in all its glory

Straight away – you can see you have three games – the first one’s in play, the second is just over an hour and a half away, then a few hours later your last game is at 5. That’s a long busy day – and the bad news – you’d better already be at that first game! No coffee for you today.

We think best practice would be to use this first thing in the morning – but who are we to judge!  OK, now you know how useful it is – here’s what you should do to get it working.

Step 1 – Add the Widget to the Homescreen

Adding the Widget

Adding the Widget

Every Android implementation has its own ways to do this – but in general a long press in an empty part of the home screen will allow to add Widgets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find Teamstuff Widget

Find Teamstuff Widget

Find the teamstuff widget, long press and drag it out to your home screen. You’ll need a place to put it – an empty region of 4×2 cells is great.

Step 2 Using The Widget

At this point – the teamstuff widget is all good to go. It talks to the teamstuff app on your device, so it uses the same account, and gets the same list of games that you’d see on the app. Notice that by default you’ll see it showing one game at a time ( see below ). You can use the arrows to scroll through the list of today’s games.

Default view

Default view

Step 3 – Configure the Widget to Make it Bigger

So maybe you don’t want to scroll left and right- maybe you just want to see it all at once. Well here’s a nice little feature that iOS doesn’t have – you can do exactly that! You can simply tell the Widget to resize, and give it more room, and it will automatically adjust how many games it will display.

Making the Widget bigger

Making the Widget bigger

So long press over the widget, and you’ll see the adjust bars showing – as per the screen shot on the left. Use the bars to resize – and when you expand it beyond the 2 rows then it automatically alters to be a list – and you can scroll vertically on your super busy days.

Step 4 – Enjoy

And now – you have a beautiful view of your day, all easily accessible from the home screen of your device. All the information you need at your fingertips. I know. Sweet.

Teamstuff Widget in all its glory

Teamstuff Widget in all its glory

Minor Technical Details

The Widget is only available to users on HoneyComb ( Android 3.0 ) and above. Prior versions to Honeycomb have neither the honey, nor the comb required to power the widget.
And the resize is only available on Jelly Bean ( Android 4.1 ) and above.