Practically since the beginning of the Google mobile platform, The customization capacity has been one of the strengths of Android with respect to other operating systems. Google itself wanted to make clear this advantage in the first versions of Android, through functions such as the possibility of modifying aspects of the home screen, including the widgets.
At this point, unless you just started with Android, the widgets should not assume any news. However, sometimes we forget the great potential offered by these small accessories for our home screen.
What is a widget?
Google says of the widgets that are An essential element of Android home screen customization. They are used to be able to view information from the screen No need to access the application associated with each widget.
In some cases, widgets not only show information, but it is also possible to interact with them, so that it is possible to perform various actions – for example, enable or disable device options or settings – from the home screen.
Many widgets are also customizable, which helps make it easier give the screen a unique appearance. And in case no customization options are included, the vast majority of Android launchers offer the possibility to easily change their size.
How to add a widget to your mobile home screen
The process to add a widget to the home screen is extremely simple, and in broad strokes the same that we will follow at the time of add an app shortcut. To do this, simply choose the place where you want to add, and follow these steps:
Long press on the empty space of the home screen where you want to add the widget.
In the drop-down menu, click on "Widget".
Drag the widget you want to add to the empty hole where it will be placed.
And that's it. Following these simple steps, the widget is added to the home screen, and at any time it will be possible to change its size or change its position through a long press.
7 widgets we recommend to use on your mobile
In Google Play there are thousands of applications that include widgets with which to get more out of their functions, and just take a look at the widget menu on your home screen to check. However, we can also find some apps designed exclusively to display information on the screen through widgets. These are some of our favorites of both categories:
At the time we chose it as one of the best calendar widgets that can be used on Android. Month Calendar Widget It is a customizable and easy-to-use app that allows you to add a calendar or calendar to the mobile home screen, and choose between various custom styles.
Another fantastic calendar widget, and chosen by the Andro4all team as one of the best apps of 2018. Home Agenda is one of the last apps created by the famous developer F. Franco.
Another very good application, with even better widgets is Hurry. With it, it is possible to keep track of important events and dates, as it is responsible for showing us the back account of days, weeks or months that separate us from each of the entries. Both the design of the app and that of the widgets are careful to the smallest detail, and since it can be downloaded completely for free, we cannot do anything other than recommend it.
Together with the Google Pixel 2 of 2017, a new widget style was introduced on the home screen that allows us Take a quick look at the date, our upcoming events on the calendar or the weather, among other things. At first, the widget was exclusive to Google Pixel phones, so developer Tommaso Berlose decided to create Another Widget, an app that allows you to take this same complement to any mobile, with the advantage that it can be customized to our liking.
If you can't live without knowing how long it will be tomorrow, Overdrop is the app you need on your mobile. Not only is the application of time with the most careful design of all Google Play, but it also incorporates a wide variety of widgets for the home screen.
There is also the possibility of design our own custom widgets, and give them the functionality we want. For this, there are few better apps than Kustom Widget Maker or KWGT. The app puts at our disposal all the necessary tools to create widgets of all kinds, and even use those made by the user community.
But if creating widgets is not for you, you can always use the classic HD Widgets, an app that has been with us for several years, which by default includes more than 100 widgets to add to the home screen, not counting all skins created by the community.
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