Widgets don’t garner the same attention they once had. Ever since Android competitors started featuring widgets as well, the noise it created started to die down. Nevertheless, widgets these days continue to be an important part of smart phone use. With that said, here are the Top 10 widgets for Android phones you should definitely check out.
Beautiful Widgets has been around for a long time. It came about and received popularity when people were looking for a substitute for the famous HTC Sense camera widget and has remained popular ever since. Beautiful Widgets has a great, theme-able weather/clock combo widget. You can also purchase the full version for $2.75 to unlock complete customization of things like fonts and background colors.
The Evernote Widget is a must-have for Evernote lovers. It allows you to get a quick glance of your recently viewed documents, as well as shortcuts to app settings and things like creating new notes and reminders.
If you’re sick of scrolling through your vast collection of apps to get to the one you’re looking for, you’ll probably love App Dialer. Reminiscent of the old flip phone T9 method, just key in the first few letters of the app you want, and boom, there it is.
If you want a customizable set of system settings shortcuts on your phone’s home screen, try Slider. With the widget, you can change ringer and system volumes, or adjust screen brightness, all without having to navigate through several settings screens.
The NiLS widget displays all your latest notifications right on your lock screen so that you don’t have to unlock your device or pull down the notifications panel to get a peek at what’s going on. Touching a particular alert and unlocking the phone will also bring you right into the associated app.
Taptu is an interesting news app that sets the standard for design on a whole new level. The app itself is pretty good but the widgets are also really solid. Usually with a news app you get a list of stories that you can view if you click the app, but with Taptu, widgets allow for a more custom experience and it’s a little more friendly for those who want to browse news from the home screen instead of the app.
UCCW- Ultimate Custom Widget
You’ve been reading this whole time about widgets, so now let’s talk about making your own! UCCW made its way into fame when it became the first truly competent application that lets you build your own widgets with your own features. There are a limited number of actions that you can assign but this is great for people who just can’t find what they’re looking for in other apps.
Another entry in our Top 10 Android widgets is Zooper Widget. Similar to UCCW, Zooper Widget allows you to create your own custom widgets. Zooper is a bit more polished of an effort and you can create some truly amazing stuff with this app. To get everything, it’ll cost you $2.49 but you can always use the free version and try before you buy.
Battery Widget Reborn
Last year, Battery Widget Reborn was but a beta. Now, it has blossomed into one of the must have widgets if you need a battery widget. It’s customizable in a number of ways that allows for a bunch of shapes and colors. This means it’ll go well with almost any theme and it’s not overly expensive at $2.75 for the pro version.
Last but definitely not the list on out Top 10 Android Widgets list, HD Widgets is an older app that became popular when the HTC Sense clock widget was in town. It has since expanded greatly and has adapted to today’s widget needs much better. It boasts complete customization, a lot of widget options, and even a couple of add-ons.