One of the best things about Android is its flexibility — meaning you can customize it any way you want with widgets and themes.
Widgets are interactive icons that live on your phone's home screen. They show you information without requiring you to launch an app or dig around in your phone's settings.
Widgets have been available for almost as long as Android has existed, but they've become more polished and functional over the years.
Apple recently introduced a similar functionality to the iPhone with iOS 8, but it only works with a limited number of apps and lives in the Notification drawer rather than the home screen.
1Weather is an excellent weather app with tons of widget styles to choose from.
With 1Weather, you can choose between six different widgets for your home screen. The design of the app itself is clean and clear, and it offers extended forecasts for a 10-day period. 1Weather packs a ton of information into its widget, such as temperature, precipitation, what temperature it feels like outside, and more.
The Google Keep widget is a great way to quickly see your to-do list.
If you frequently use Google Keep, installing the widget on your Android phone's home screen can help you make the most of the service. With the widget, you can see your recent notes, recordings, and photos without having to open the app.
You can create a custom widget for your favorite contacts.
If there's a particular person you frequently need to get in touch with, you can create your own shortcut to that person's contact info on your home screen. Just open up the contact you want to add, press the menu button, and then press Add Shortcut, and you're all set.