One of the best new features of iOS 8 is the ability to add widgets for your favorite apps to Notification Center. Since iOS 8 is brand new, not all apps have added widgets just yet. However, we've found some that we think are particularly great and worth your attention right now. So if you don't want to search for apps that support widgets, these are the best apps that not only support widgets, but will provide useful utility in your daily life!
Launcher is an awesome Notification Center widget that lets you add actions you frequently perform so you can do them with a swipe and a tap. For instance, if you email a specific person regularly, you can program that action. You can do the same for texting, calling, social media, directions, and tons more. If you can think of doing it, Launcher can most likely handle it.
If you want contacts and common tasks right at your fingertips, you want Launcher in your Notification Center.
PCalc is one of the most advanced calculators available on the App Store and you can now access it easier than ever by adding it to Notification Center. All of us have had times where we spend a few seconds digging for the calculator app or searching for it. The PCalc widget eliminates all of that by putting a full calculator at your fingertips in just a swipe downwards.
If you're tired of fumbling around your Home screen to perform quick calculations on the go, PCalc in Notification Center is a dream come true.
If you use Evernote, you'll be happy to know that the latest update supports Notification Center widgets by letting you create new notes, reminders, and lists in a single tap. Once you've added the Evernote widget to Notification Center, you'll instantly have access to creating new content in just seconds.
For those that live and breathe by Evernote, you'll definitely want to add the Evernote widget to your Notification Center Today View.
TeeVee 3 keeps track of all your tv shows in a beautifully designed interface that's easy to use and fun to look at. Just load up your favorite shows and you're good to go. And with support for iOS 8 widgets, you can see all of your upcoming shows in just a glance so you never miss one again, or at the very least, remember to record it!
If you're a couch surfer and want a great way to track your tv shows right from Notification Center, TeeVee 3 is what you want.
Writing Aid is one of my favorite dictionary apps for iPhone simply because it's simple, easy to use, and lets you type in synonyms or strings of words when you don't know the right word to use. It's unique and it's a joy to use. Writing Aid now comes complete with Notification Center widget support that lets you view the word of the day at a glance, and let's face it, all of us can benefit from expanding our vocabulary on a regular basis.
If you want a great dictionary and meanings app along with a way to learn new words each and every day right in Notification Center, look no further than Writing Aid.
I like to keep up with my favorite sports teams but sometimes I don't want notifications bombarding my iPhone, or can't have them on for one reason or another. Of course you can always check an app but why when ESPN SportsCenter can keep you up to date on scores and even stream live radio right from the Lock screen of your iPhone, thanks to widget support. Once you've configured your teams and a few other settings, you're good to go!
If you're a sports fanatic, ESPN SportsCenter can provide info on your favorite teams and live radio in widget form now.
Even though the Today View of Notification Center gives you a little bit of weather information, it's really only useful right at that moment. If you want a better handle on what the day is going to bring your way, the Yahoo Weather widget can do just that by providing highs and lows at a glance throughout both the day and night.
For weather beyond what the Today View offers, check out Yahoo Weather's widget offering.
Your favorite iPhone and iPad apps with widget support?
If you've found some particularly awesome apps that support widgets in iOS 8, be sure to let me know in the comments what they are and what makes them so great!