Widgets have been a staple of the Android operating system ever since they were introduced in version 1.5 of Google’s platform. They are a great way for Android to show off its customization flexibility, allowing a home screen to be made as functional as possible and tailored to the user’s needs.
But with so many widgets out there, finding the really good ones can be tough. Here is a selection of 15 Android widgets that you should try – from weather and clock widgets to toggle switches and news readers.
1. Beautiful Widgets
Beautiful Widgets is a set of good-looking widgets for your Android home screen. For just over $3, Beautiful Widgets provides several attractive, animated widgets in different sizes, including clock widgets, weather widgets, date widgets, and toggle widgets. The widgets are all customizable, and you can pick up free user-made skins from the Beautiful Widgets Skin Market.
2. Dashclock Widget
After you install it, you will be able to set it on your phone or tablet’s lockscreen, as well as the homescreen. You will find almost any extension you want and some of them are really useful like word of the day, battery stats, world time and weather updates.
Alongside these, the widget also gives you multiple panes for your lockscreen, allowing you to create a homescreen of sorts before you go to your actual homescreen .
3. Google Keep
While the app itself works great for jotting down quick notes, saving images and creating to-do lists, the widget is an essential feature. If you set it up on your homescreen you can see all your notes and lists quickly, scroll down for more and even add new ones on the go.
The widget is fast, smooth and can sync all your notes over multiple phones and tablets when you set them up with your Google account. All in all, if you want a good widget for quick notes, reminders and to-do lists on your Android phone or tablet, Google Keep is a must try.
4. Power Toggles
Power Toggles is another useful homescreen widget which lets you quickly toggle functions like Wifi, GPS, Bluetooth, Mobile Data and many more.
The widget is also customizable and you can choose from around 40 different toggles alongside application and system shortcuts for quick access. While all of these toggles and settings are accessible through the notification bar, having this widget can save a lot of time and a few swipes and taps.
5. Zooper Widget
Zooper Widget adds a whole new level of customization features to your Android phone or tablet and can lead to some epic-looking homescreens.
You can download tons of different templates and create your own custom widgets with different information heads like system information, weather details, calendar, connection information and time. There are both free and paid versions, but the free features are enough to excite anyone with the possibilities.
While there are literally tons of weather widgets for Android, 1Weather is undoubtedly one of the best, if not the best. If you haven’t tried it as yet, you should download it right now.
1Weather really has some of the best looking weather widgets with different variations and they are backed by features like real-time updates, reliable forecasting and animated depictions of the time and weather. You can also share the current weather over social networks and the widget can also be integrated into the DashClock widget.
7. Battery Widget Reborn
Battery Widget Reborn is a highly rated and most downloaded battery widget app. It brings a battery widget and an additional battery chart widget, which shows you a graphical chart of your battery.
Along with the widgets, the app also brings a battery status panel on the notification bar. Other features of the app include stats, power setting toggles, power saving settings and more.
8. Circle Launcher
Circle Launcher is a widget and not a launcher, as its name suggests but the functionality it brings in the widget almost eliminates the need of a launcher. The widget lets you launch an app, call a contact or go to your bookmark with super ease. Other than that, there are a plethora of options to customize widget label, widget icon, animations, background dimming, icon size, background color, offset, text size & color and more.
The app also lets you save your configurations, which you can restore on a different device, so that you don’t have to set up everything all over again. The app is available in a free “light” version, free “Swipe” version, free “ad included” version and a paid version.
9. Slider Widget
If you don’t already have Slider, you need it. It enables you to adjust 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 that shouldn’t take up a lot of space on most modern 5-inch-plus displays.
10. Amber Weather Widget
Amber Weather Widget can look good on almost any home screen. That’s because it has over 90 Android widgets packed in and most of them are re-sizable and customizable to fit your needs.
The app itself is an alright weather app. It contains seven day forecasts, various weather reports, severe weather alerts, and it’s available in 30 languages which is always nice. The widgets come in the form of in-app purchases, although you do get a few in the free version as well.