What are widgets for Android you’d ask? Well, they are those mini apps that enhance your smartphone’s home screen. In a nutshell, they give you the shortest way to access basic functions of other applications. These handy helpers have been around for quite a time which made Android a bit better than iOS. But not for long, indeed. Nowadays, the popularity of widgets on Android somewhat faded. However, many users are still in love with particular widgets due to their much faster operation than various apps.
If we’re to talk about richness in features, then Android, without a doubt, is on top of a leaderboard. It is so in no small part due to platform’s native widgets which operated since 2009. Over the years, these instruments have evolved in terms of looks and functionality. You can find any desirable widget for your Android that would display live updates about the weather, countdown, battery charge, stock market information, news, and emails, etc.
Still, it’s hard to choose the right one among the hundreds that have crowded the Play Store. So we decided to save your time and efforts and make a guide for the best Android widgets we consider worth mentioning. We divided the list into the common types of widgets that people use.
Clock and weather widgets for Android are, indeed, the most popular category as we are all in need for such information. And ‘Transparent Clock & Weather’ remains a top app that offers much more than just a weather forecast. It has a ton of various widgets, including the one that displays internal system information (remaining space of a microSD card storage and Wi-Fi status).
It's a nice looking and customizable weather and time widget for Android with a fancy design. You can also play with app’s skin, time font and weather icons style; setup time, date and location; configure notifications and so on. As for the weather features, this widget offers users the moon forecast, humidity, precipitation, wind details, etc. The app’s price is free due to the limited options and ads, while the pro version comes without the advertisement and includes all settings.
One more weather and time widget for Android that you can get for free or $1.99 in premium version (that just removes the ads). It’s the good old school “flip clock and weather” app that is configurable. All the best looking widgets are available to use: a time & weather section and the weather-only for a reliable forecast. There are animated depictions (transitions & charts), real-time updates, Google search bar, and the ability to share the current weather info via social media channels.
The app is customizable too when it comes to the selection of background, icon, clock face, accent, etc. You can choose your own location for the app to act on or add other locations. Along with this, 1Weather could be integrated into the DashClock widget (we’ll discuss it below).
Definitely one of the best Android clock and weather widgets beloved by everyone. It’s an easy-to-use but powerful product that entirely free to install. It displays clear info about the weather, unread Google emails, alarms, and more. All of this could be visible right on your lock or home screen.
DashClock Widget also supports a list of extensions for additional functionality like importing the chosen data from other installed apps and showing them on your phone screen. Just select what you need and create a home screen of dreams – the application is fully flexible for customization. On the other side, keep in mind that this widget works only starting from Android 4.2 and higher.
This one comes free but with in-app purchases. There is a nice set of the handy widgets for Android. Their purpose is to show you a month view of the calendar. The app syncs with Google Calendar, supports the lunar one, and has eighty cool themes for pretty much every user. If you want more, additional themes have to be purchased. Also, the widget allows you to quickly check your plans and to-do list directly from the app.
The fifth product in our list includes 3x3 beautiful widgets for a sleek calendar and the agenda. Both have their own customizable settings like text density, fonts, colors and themes (white and transparent). The information to be seen on the screen can be chosen along with the account to use for a calendar. The agenda widget shows your the weather forecasts too.
The original Google widgets for Android won’t ever go out of fashion especially when it comes to the tasking applications. Google Keep is on top of this niche for a reason. It’s fast, simple yet effective application for notes keeping that allows you to quickly create text, voice, and list notes. More so you can share these notes with other people. And due to the synchronization across all of your devices, your notes could be accessed on Google Drive via any web browser.
Aside from the described, this tool offers options to check off the to-do lists, create reminders, and more. The 3x2 widget will only show you particular types of fully interactive notes. While the 3x1 widget provides you with an instant access to making new notes or reminders. And it's completely free to use.
And this app is a must-have if you seek a smooth notes & tasks widget for quickly taking and sorting many notes. While it’s an effective instrument it stays simple and easy-to-use with a handy feature of the scrollable notes. There is no limits regarding the amount of space on the note. However, they don’t take much space on the home screen, you can put a couple of notes on it.
This cool free app allows you to share the notes, make reminders and checklists, set their color, text and font size. Important messages you can pin and the urgent ones could be marked by an emergency sign. In addition, you’re able to backup created notes to your smartphone’s SD-card or synchronize them with your Google Drive account. Nevertheless, Sticky Notes isn't so customizable widget: there are only 2 holders, 6 backgrounds (themes) and 3 angles for the notes.
When it comes to the power control widgets for Android this one remains among the best battery meters. It’s highly rated and most downloaded app that is represented by a single, circular battery widget. Nothing complicated, just an indicator, the graphical charts of detailed info about a battery’s activity, and shortcuts to WiFi & Bluetooth settings. Battery Widget Reborn provides a user with the power saving settings, battery status panel on the notification bar, stats, and power toggles.
In terms of customization, there is a place to play! You’re able to change a charging indicator, drop shadow, width, color and size to match your widget theme and a home screen layout. The app is at your service for free with included ads and the paid version removes it not bringing any extra features. You should try the free version before you decide to buy a Pro one.
Another marvelous application that displays the estimated timings for specific usage, battery charge levels, charts, and stats on your home screen. This tool isn’t about a visual side, it’s more about simplicity and functionality. It has different kinds of widgets – compact and horizontal. You can choose the type preferably to a location that is available on phone’s home screen.
In addition, the app shows a time needed to charge through AC & USB, details about battery’s health and so on. It also allows a user to customize the widget by managing colors, notifications, charge level alerts, etc.
We’ll speak just for this one Android stock widget, however, you should check the marketplace and see other options. If a user looks for a reliable stock widget, Google Finance provides you with streaming real-time quotes from the financial market.
This product is a stock quote and portfolio application. So you can choose one stock from your portfolio to get the latest quotes straight on your home screen. Aside from this, there is an option to modify the update intervals.
Simply put, it lets you toggle functions like Wifi, Bluetooth, GPS, and Mobile Data as fast as possible. It’s a powerful tool which you can use to adjust many system settings with a tap of a button and set up long-press actions to each of your toggles. There are 2 widgets at your service: the 1x1 folder and 4x1 strip.
The second one is highly customizable allowing you to select from around forty various toggles and system shortcuts for quick access. Also, for your taste, there are nine theme colors, background transparency, etc. All features are unlocked for free.
Beautiful, indeed, and one of the most popular instruments. It’s a package of many useful Android widgets from 1×1 to 4×2: flip clock & weather (combinations and separate ones), battery controller, calendar, and various toggle buttons. Based on your needs, you can easily remove the unwanted app icon and add a more useful one, choosing how it will look like. All of the elements are customizable enough to please you. There are a huge number of skins to match your screen’s layout and beautiful animations for weather forecasts.
A freemium version of the app is available but it’s pretty limited in terms of sources and widgets. Therefore, we’d recommend the paid version, the owners also provide you a refund in 24 hours if you don’t like this app. The only one drawback is a high battery drain, so consider if you’re up to this.
Here we have another cool Android all-in-one widget that's been around for quite a time. The application is highly configurable and consists of a variety of reliable products. You’re provided with a weather & clock widget (combined or divided), setting switches (toggles), calendar, and location. Their size could be up to 6×2 and the colors are changeable – the app offers a full customization.
For a justifiable cost of $0.99, you’ll get the cool widgets along with plenty of themes and add-ons (like Kairo and Colourform). The only downside is also represented by heavy battery drain.
You know, it’s hard to even imagine an Android device without at least one widget on its home screen. And users appreciate the handiness of these tools, that’s why the Google market is booming with new widgets still. Ultimately, some widgets come with a great functionality, others make user’s life much easier!
We hope our list will help you choose the best one for your smartphone.