One of Android’s greatest advantages over the iPhone platform is just how much you can customise the look of your home screens, without being limited to screens and screens full of icons. One of the key types of customisation that Android has that the iPhone doesn’t is widgets!
You can download widgets from the Market, or use the ones that come bundled with your favourite Android apps or the mobile phone itself. With so many to choose from, which widgets should you go for? Here are the ones that I use on a regular basis and would suggest as being the best Android widgets to get started with on smartphones such as the HTC Desire and Nexus One!
1. Beautiful Widgets
Beautiful Widgets can be downloaded from the Android Market for just and it’s the first thing I bought when I began using Android. A few months down the line, and it’s still ever present on my main home screen. The image to the left shows the large version of ‘Beautiful Home’, with the image on the right displaying the smaller version of the same widget, along with the various controls available underneath too.
It definitely ‘makes’ the Android experience for me; I still load it on to every Android phone I use, and quite frankly, my home screen feels naked without it. However, even if you don’t want to buy Beautiful Widgets, I’d suggest using some form of buttons for turning the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS connectivity on and off – even the basic pre-installed Android widgets are good for this and will help save your battery if you turn them off when not using them.
Once you know how to use QR codes, you’ll be able to scan it the square barcode below to find this widget on your Android mobile phone…
Almost everyone has a Facebook profile, so if you want to keep up to date with everything your online friends are getting up to, you can use the Facebook widget, meaning that you don’t even have to load up the app to see your feed.
I don’t consider myself to be a biased person, so it wouldn’t be fair of me to mention the Facebook widget and leave Twitter out in the cold! Of course, Twitter now has its own official Android application to0, and two widgets to go with it.
I love the chompSMS application. It’s miles ahead of the default SMS application that Google ship with Android, and makes texting a really pleasant experience, with customisation options and a pop-up notifier present in the latest version.
FotMob has got to be the most used application on my phone. It keeps track of every football game in every nation around the world and delivers instant updates when a goal is scored. I use it to keep track of all the games going in English football, and of course, the World Cup too.
Hoping to study Computer Science at University in the near future, you’ll seldom see John without a computer in touching distance! His interests include building computers, reading all sorts of literature and of course writing for Zath to keep you updated on all the latest in the world of tech! You can follow John on Twitter as @british_geek.