Adding widgets to the homescreen is one of the most treasured built-in Android OS features. Available since Android 1.5, widgets have become excellent tools to improve the way we access app data.
Just in case you don’t know them, widgets are like shortcuts to apps. Instead of just giving quick access to the application right from the homescreen, they are also able to gather and deliver info from the app without having to actually launch it.
That’s especially helpful for frequently synced apps like news readers, To-Do lists, weather forecasters, and live sports scores apps.
Widgets have been traditionally seen as battery-killers. However, that’s not entirely true. In fact, if you place homescreen widgets for your most-used apps, you will reduce the number of times you launch the app, which is a battery-demanding process. The outcome: you’ll be saving both time and battery without even thinking about it.
Follow this guide from Appszoomto discover widgets that will sweeten your Android experience.
Remember, once the app/widget is installed you must:
Go to the app drawer -> Tap top-left corner tab “Widgets” -> Long-press the desired widget -> Release it on the homescreen
Long-press home screen -> Tap “Widgets” -> Select the widget you want
Blingboard isn’t an app with widgets as an extra feature. It is a social app widget itself.
It is a natural time and battery saver since it brings your Facebook and Twitter timeline to your homescreen, as well as your Gmail and SMS inboxes and your call log – all of them in the same place. You can tap any of those accounts to extend the widget and see a more detailed list of tweets, statuses, or e-mails. Use the navigation buttons at the bottom to compose, slide, or delete elements you’ve received. The unread/unseen counter makes all the difference.
Joaquim Verges’ Flyne is an excellent RSS and news reader with full Feedly and Twitter integration.
Besides an elegant and smooth interface, it comes with an outstanding card-deck widget. You can swipe to navigate through news cards seamlessly. Tap to read the full story or keep swiping to clear them off from your list. It’s the easiest way to always stay in the loop.
If you are a sports fan, staying in the know with scores is a real and present need. There are excellent live scores apps out there, but just a few meet the two magic conditions: covering different sports and including a well-designed homescreen widget.
Fortunately, SofaScore is one of them. You can favorite teams and leagues from different sports (soccer, football, basketball, tennis, F1…). Check lineups, stats and calendars. No question, you won’t miss an in-match event anymore thanks to this widget.
OneLouder Apps’ 1Weather is one of the most-balanced weather apps in terms of design, intuitiveness and detailed information. But above all, the added-value feature of 1Weather is its collection of widgets.
It comes with a pack of fully-customizable widgets wherein you can choose the layout, the size and the info displayed. Good-looking and helpful; a must-have app.
Reddit is the frontpage of the Internet. Whatever goes viral, first goes through Reddit. That’s why is worth giving it a glance several times per day. What better than a Reddit homescreen widget to make it easier?
Blazeroni’s Redditastic is a well-designed and highly-customizable Reddit homescreen widget. You can select what frontpage or subreddit to show, place several widget on your homescreen and resize them at your whim. In addition, you can switch themes, decide updating frequency, and action to be taken when clicked. Everything you need to keep your finger on Reddit’s pulse.
Calendars are something you need to always have on hand so as not to miss a single appointment. Thus, home screen widgets are essential when it comes to calendar apps.
DigiCal is one of the best calendar apps in terms of homescreen widgets. The variety in terms of both designs and sizes is just impressive. Feel free to customize them with daily, weekly or monthly views, adjust transparency and colors, and create/manage new events, right from the widget.
Google Keep might not be as complete as Evernote or other note-taking apps, but it has everything you need to create quick notes or to-do lists, keep them sync in the cloud, and access them easily from homescreen widgets.
In fact, that’s why we’ve included it in this compilation: Google Keep widgets are both well-designed and handy. You can organize and manage them seamlessly and have your stuff always within arm’s reach.
Dictionary.com is a must-have app for anyone concerned about improving vocabulary or learning proper English. It allows you to search the meaning of words directly from Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com.
However, one of its strongest points is its small yet helpful homescreen widget. Word translations and meanings are questions you need to solve as immediately as they arise. You can quicken access to the solution by placing Dictionary.com’s widget on your homescreen. It’s that easy.
Contacts+ is an alternative phonebook and dialer for your Android. It includes some interesting features such as Facebook (and other social networks) contacts import to your phonebook, a good-looking grid-view, gestures to call and message, and a quick dialer launcher.
But of course, its homescreen widgets make all the difference. You can mark some contacts as favorites and place shortcuts to them on your Android homescreen. Their contact profiles and pics are shown on a well-crafted grid-view widget that will make you save some significant time searching on your phonebook or call log. Neat!
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