Home screen widgets for Lollipop are one of the unique selling points of Android when you weigh it up against iOS, Windows Phone and BlackBerry — but are you making the most of them? These information panels and shortcuts can save you time while simultaneously improving the look of your Android phone or tablet. Below you'll find our list of the best widgets for Android Lollipop.
So add an extra degree of personalization to your Motorola Nexus 6, Samsung Galaxy S5 or whichever Android device you're running with our pick of some of the best widgets currently available for the mobile OS. Note that you may need to reinstall your device in order to see the relevant widgets appear.
Some of the most useful widgets surface settings and switches that would otherwise be deeply buried in Android's various menus. Slider Widget is a great example of this: You can access different volume levels and screen brightness right from your home screens.
Google Calendar has a decent widget of its own but Month ups the bar even further. It comes with a stack of looks and themes to choose match with your wallpaper (more are available with an in-app purchase) and they all work well no matter what size you use them at.
The best widgets can save you valuable seconds when you need information fast and that's certainly the case with Shazam — if a song comes on you need help identifying then you can quickly tap the Shazam button and find out what it is without scrolling through the apps drawer.
Google Now might be one swipe away from the home screen on the latest versions of Android, but that doesn't mean the widget isn't very useful too: It packs more information into a tighter space and you can of course resize it (as with other widgets) to fit the available room on screen.
Android now offers up more battery information than ever before, but it's still surpassed by Battery HD. This widget (and app) is able to show you current charge level, remaining usage time, temperatures and more besides, and there are a choice of different widget sizes to pick from.
HD Widgets has been around for a long time and offers both some beautiful clock and weather widgets as well as more than 80 instant-access on-screen toggles and switches. Wi-Fi, weather, camera flash, Bluetooth, sync, storage data, silent mode, battery level and more are all covered.
There's no shortage of weather widgets to pick from on the Play Store but Amber Weather is one of the best — and it comes with a host of free and paid-for skins to change its look. You can see current conditions at a glance, get five day forecasts, and more besides.
Do you know of any additions for our list of the best widgets for Android Lollipop? Let us know in the comments.