If you’ve been using your jailbroken iPhone or iPod touch, but needed to get quick access to important information such as the time, date, battery status of the device or just some network based information like what the SSID the phone is connected to, then you will realize the annoyance caused by having to pause or exit the game just to get this relatively simple information. Sure, it isn’t life’s greatest problem, but the whole point of advanced mobile devices is to make things easier for us, so maybe the Cydia based HUD Pro tweak could be the answer for some people.
HUD Pro is essentially a MobileSubstrate tweak that hooks into an already vitally important visual part of iOS to extend its functionality further in the hope of benefiting users. All iPhone and iPod touch users will have seen the display that is presented when the volume buttons are pressed or the device is flipped into silent mode using the hardware key on the left hand side. HUD Pro extends that display by allowing the user to choose different sets of information to be included on the pop-up.
The whole power of the tweak is handled through the dedicated preferences panel in the Settings app, and allows the user to either enable or disable the tweak as well as set up their dedicated Activator gesture to actually invoke the heads-up display. Additional options include being able to set a number of actions to run when the gesture is received on the device and includes being able to display the time, time with seconds, the currently playing song and associated artist, the currently connected Wi-Fi network or even just add some arbitrary custom text if required.
The tweak is definitely a winner for those who require this sort of functionality, but like a lot of Cydia packages, it does look like it has been hastily thrown together with labels and icons overlapping one another in certain circumstances. Nevertheless, HUD Pro should offer sufficient functionality for those who are looking for a tweak of this nature.
HUD Pro is available to download for $1.50 from the MacCiti & ZodTTD repository with no specific iOS version requirements being given.