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Display Missed Calls, SMS, Email, Weather, Calendar on iPhone Homescreen – Element on Cydia [Free]

4 April 2010 5 Comments

Apple’s iPhone had little or no updates to the UI ever since its inception (2007 June). The homescreen is way too boring when compared to the ever so popular Android phones. To add some life to the existing iPhone homescreen, install a free application called ‘Element’. It is a Cydget widget. You no longer have to launch each individual app (weather, email, sms, calendar,.. updates). Following are the steps to install it on your iPod Touch / iphone.

  • Your iPhone should be jailbroken before proceeding.
  • Launch Cydia and search for ‘Element’ and install it.
  • Now click on Settings and select ‘Cydget’ and check ‘Element’ widget as shown.
  • Now, make the necessary changes in ‘Element’ to suit your requirement. For this, go to ‘Settings’ again and select ‘Element’.
  • If you would like an unobtrusive experience (a minimal ‘slide to unlock’ slider), then install ‘Transparent sliders, Lockscreen Mini Slider, No Slide to Unlock’ hacks from Cydia and activate them in Winterboard.
  • You should now be looking at a productive homescreen like this :


  • brikz said:

    Still not enough widgets to interest me yet…..facebook, twitter don't care….hoping they get a rss feed with popup balloon full story including clickable links like intelliscreen….I do like the setup and look tho…..closer to lockinfo. looking forward to updates with hopefully the above included.

  • Kiran said:

    These widgets are made using Javascript, so RSS feed implementation can be made by tweaking the code I believe. If not for the price, Intelliscreen is pretty cool, battery/memory hog though..

  • ChrisDN said:

    Been testing this the last week or so.
    It's really good at what it's meant to do, but falls down on one (rather big) point. It blocks push alerts while you're in lock mode. I use Fring all the time and this stops the notifications entirely until you unlock the phone again.

  • kiran said:

    Well, it is in its early stages. It is pure HTML/JavaScript magic. Will contact Saurik to see why Push messages are hindered. Thanks for the headsup!

  • Damien Lavizzo said:

    element is VERY slow on a 3G. It's pretty, but LockInfo is almost worth paying for just for the speed and ease-of-use.

    Note I said "almost".

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