Tag Archive: Widgets

Wear OS gets helpful “Tiles” widgets for improved user experience

Google, in its continual process to refine and enhance the Wear OS (formerly Android Wear), experience, has rolled out a new feature for its wearable platform.

The latest change, Tiles, are glanceable widgets that can be swiped for information. Users can swipe to the left to pull up the tiles which can include details such as weather, calendar appointments, heart rate, news headlines, timer, and more.

Whether you’re into headlines or heartbeats, you can tailor your watch to meet  [Read More…]

Google Fit updated with breathing exercises and home screen widgets

There are also improvements to the homepage and manually-added workouts.

We’ve really been enjoying Google Fit following its overhaul this past August, and now as we head towards the end of the year, Google’s issuing its first big update since then to add a couple smaller features to flesh the platform out a bit more.

For folks using Google Fit on an Android phone, you’ll soon have access to home screen widgets. These were oddly removed when  [Read More…]

What apps, widgets, and wallpapers are on our home screens?

There are as many home screens as there are people, and what you keep on yours speaks volume about you.

Some home screens are completely covered by apps, and some home screens are completely empty. Some home screens are all business, and some are devoted to pleasure and distraction. We at Android Central use our phones quite heavily, and so our home screens are a testament to our workflows, habits, and styles. They’ve evolved over our years  [Read More…]

Best theming widgets for Android

Finding widgets that work with one theme can be hard. Finding widgets that work with many is like a diamond in the rough, and here they are, ready to shine.

Android has hundreds of thousands of home screen widgets out there for you to try out, from advanced widget creators to those that come with your favorite apps. Some are beautiful, some are extravagant, and some are refined, but above all, they have to work. Widgets have  [Read More…]

Developers: A must-read to get your apps ready for Android O’s new shortcuts and widgets

Tapping and swiping can do so much more in Android O.

Google has showcased the new app and widget shortcuts coming in Android O on its blog, and while it’s a great explainer of how it all works it’s especially important for developers.

With Android O, users (that’s us!) will be able to long press an icon or portion of a widget and have access to specific shortcuts for an app. Examples are opening a blank or  [Read More…]

How to rearrange the Samsung Gear S3’s app drawer and widgets

You can easily tame some of the chaos that is the Gear S3’s app and widget situation.

With so many apps, services and utilities available on Samsung’s Gear S3 smartwatches, it’s easy to get carried away while setting things up and all of a sudden be in a stressful situation. Dozens of apps across multiple pages of the app drawer sit beneath a dozen pages of widgets to the right of your watch face — but thankfully  [Read More…]

The best theming widgets for Android

Finding widgets that work with one theme can be hard. Finding widgets that work with them all is next to impossible.

Android has hundreds of thousands of widgets out there for you to try out, to say nothing of all the widgets you can make yourself through customization apps. But more than looking nice, widgets need to work. They have to earn their keep on my home screen, or they’ll be deleted and replaced with something  [Read More…]

Google’s Clock app now lets you resize its widgets

Google’s Clock app has received a pretty minor, albeit handy update. The latest version rolling out now finally allows users to resize both the analog and digital clock widgets that come with the app. Outside of that change, you’re looking at an exceedingly minor update overall. Here are the details:

Analog and digital clock widgets are resizable Drop shadow added to digital clock widget Fixes for several minor bugs

It’s certainly not the most exciting update in  [Read More…]

What are popup widgets on the BlackBerry Priv and how do you use them?

Widgets on Android are great, but they can also be incredibly messy across your different home screens. The BlackBerry Priv has a fantastic way to keep using and interacting with them, but also hiding them in plain sight.

It’s called popup widgets and it allows you to view any app widgets with just a swipe over the app icon. Keep information handy and visual clutter to a minimum.

Here’s what you need to know.

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Evernote picks up new widgets to make capturing your thoughts even easier

Evernote has received a sizable update, bumping it up to version 7.2. Included in the update are a number of new widgets to make capturing your thoughts and notes easier right from the home screen. While Evernote has always had a widget, these new widget options expand upon the functionality, and make things even easier.

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