If your Android device is decked out to the brim with widgets, you might find it difficult to actually locate what you want quickly and efficiently. However, when widgets are used wisely and in moderation, they can be extremely helpful and give you a bunch of shortcuts and information right at your fingertips. Here’s our list of best Android widgets you can get.
1. Best weather widget: Transparent Clock & Weather
We've discussed the Transparent Clock & Weather widget previously in our best weather apps and widgets list, but it still remains our favorite weather widget. Or rather, collectionof widgets.
You see, although the intuitive weather information is useful, this is much more than just a weather app: Transparent Clock & Weather houses a number of different widgets which even display things such as internal system information like remaining microSD card storage and Wi-Fi status.
Even if you just want to make use of its weather features, though, this is one of the better looking and more approachable widgets of its kind.
2. Best system monitoring widget: Elixir 2 Widgets
The scale of customization that Elixir 2 affords is staggering. This widget comes in a number of different sizes and provides almost every possible measurement you could ask for about your device. From CPU temperature, to the number of running processes, to the amount of RAM in use, Elixir can be configured to give you all of the in-depth device information at a glance.
It takes a little while to set up, and it may not be the prettiest widget out there, but few provide as many options.
If you don’t already have this widget, you definitely need it. Volumes can be deployed in four different sizes and allow you to tweak the individual volumes of calls, multimedia, system sounds, and so on. You can also control the screen brightness and customize color selectors. This widget gives you a ton of control in a tiny package and shouldn't take up a lot of space on most modern 5-inch-plus displays.
Where would we be without the Google Keep widget? How often do we forget things we should remember? I forget things all the time. Where was I going with this? I forget. Anyway.
The Google Keep widget helps you ditch the Post-Its and fridge magnets by turning your home screen into a virtual pinboard for your thoughts.
Write a note, record a voice message, take a photo of something; the Keep widget will store all of these things and present them to you in a scroll-able, chronological list later. Google Keep can also assign reminders to these items, and send you notifications about them. There are more intricate and feature-heavy note-taking apps available, but Google Keep is the cleanest.
On the surface, Zooper is merely a time and date app for your home screen, but it's actually a lot more than that. It encapsulates a number widgets in varying forms, such as the weather forecast, remaining battery life, and calendar information. But it’s the way that Zooper lets you customize these widgets that makes it a must-have.
Think of Zooper as the Nova Launcher of widgets. You can personalize everything from font size and colors, to the amount of drop shadow the objects have. The sheer number of customizable elements and available styles elevates it above the hundreds of similar apps. Give the free version a go and see what you think.