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Show calendar event title directly in the lock screen

asked 2013-12-27 11:14:05 +0300

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updated 2013-12-27 11:34:32 +0300

foss4ever gravatar image

Calendar events that are close could be shown directly in the lock screen. This means that you don't have to make any additional actions to see where you should be at the moment. (like in a meeting). Currently there is lots of space available in the Lock screen and I think it should be used as much as possible.

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Very good idea, and would improve the usability of the lock-screen a great deal. Adding feature-request and lock-screen tags :)

foss4ever ( 2013-12-27 11:33:35 +0300 )edit

Good idea, to see where you should be at the moment or maybe the appointments of the day.

smartiz ( 2013-12-27 11:57:03 +0300 )edit

I really need this feature as well. I keep missing appointments because I am used to have the task for the day on my home screen. It could be made as an option so that people who fear anyone else could see their appointments can turn it off.

FloR707 ( 2014-04-14 16:01:46 +0300 )edit

From what I've gathered from other lock screen related answers, this would go against the concept of the lock screen: It shouldn't expose any information before unlocking the device. (This is why you get a SMS symbol there, but not the sender's name or the beginning of the message itself.)

So the maximum is to show that there is a pending event from the calendar and then show the event in the event view.

(Of course a third option would be to make the behaviour of the lock screen depend on whether or not the device is locked at all; I'm not sure that's woth the hassle, though)

ossi1967 ( 2014-11-21 13:25:36 +0300 )edit

Very nice app providing really needed feature. Works fine after first test. Lock screen concept is fine to me, it enables a qick access.

mk ( 2014-12-21 07:36:17 +0300 )edit

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answered 2014-12-09 14:44:17 +0300

mihlit gravatar image

updated 2014-12-19 14:51:33 +0300

It's quite disappointing that there is no calendar widget on the lock screen. In fact it's quite sad that lock screen does not support widgets and is not an open source, so we could fix that ourselfs while Jolla ignores this request. Also calendar itself is closed, so it's difficult to get the information from it about upcoming events. Double fail.

Anyway, as this should not be just a rant, I present you a hack how to achieve what we want. Sort of. I've created a daemon that takes your ambience and changes its wallpaper every time there is an update in the calendar. It writes the upcoming events directly into the wallpaper. It's not an ideal solution, but it sort of works. This is how it looks like

You can find everything here: http://mihlit.cz/jolla/calendarbience/ sources, rpms, ... For installation, you need ImageMagick from openrepos.

I did not put this on openrepos, as it's not thoroughly tested, so right now it's targeted for advanced users who are capable of self-service, together with usual disclaimer use at your own risk. Patches welcome ;-)

EDIT: new version 0.1.1 - fixes problem when ambience gets changed and a minor fix in systemd unit files.

EDIT: new version 0.1.4 - quite a few changes, improvements and fixes. Available from openrepos.net - warehouse

EDIT: new version 0.1.5 - fixes "nothing happened" issue that was caused by using ambience based on regular picture

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Very cool! Unfortunately, the setup process is a little beyond my skills.

The Sailfish calendar is still very poor in general and unsuitable for professional use. I just don't get it.

Jolla should just open source the damn thing, if they're not going to develop it anyway!

Pistol ( 2014-12-09 14:58:48 +0300 )edit

"it's quite sad that lock screen does not support widgets and is not an open source, so we could fix that ourselfs while Jolla ignores this request"

That's why there is Glacier! https://openrepos.net/content/locusf/glacier-homescreen

nthn ( 2014-12-09 15:01:52 +0300 )edit

@Pistol: Once it gets a little bit tested and if there is some demand, I will put it on openrepos, then it should be easy to install.

mihlit ( 2014-12-09 15:08:26 +0300 )edit


Why do I have to risk voiding my warranty just to get decent calendar notifications? Come on, calendars on mobile devices have been around for... how many years?

Pistol ( 2014-12-09 15:13:06 +0300 )edit

@mihlit: Thank you, that is very much appreciated. Please keep us posted!

Pistol ( 2014-12-09 15:27:39 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-11-21 12:55:14 +0300

I'mSailing gravatar image

This is one of the few features realy needed. I'm kinda wondering why that few people are trying to push it.

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answered 2014-03-26 10:10:31 +0300

Macilaci457 gravatar image

Still not done. :-(

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Is it possible to learn if this feature is in consideration?

FloR707 ( 2014-08-29 09:11:07 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-01-21 22:48:54 +0300

abuli gravatar image

this is a must for a very limited phone

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Cannot see Greek letters/characters in Calendarbience, only question marks instead!

okourkoulos ( 2015-02-05 11:17:57 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-11-21 13:02:00 +0300

werdinand gravatar image

There is also this question https://together.jolla.com/question/47630/feature-request-calendar-grid-on-notification-screen/

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Asked: 2013-12-27 11:14:05 +0300

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