Every weekend, we will be taking a look at a few Android Widgets, which for some are the star of Google’s mobile operating system. They are certainly one of the big differentiating factors between Android and some of the other big players out there, but they are also not infallible.
Like other mobile apps, they still need to be well made and intelligently designed, so we will take several each week and let you know whether they are worth your time and money.
Below you can see a screenshot of this weeks widgets running on a Dell Streak with Android 2.2.
Ninja Rush Deluxe
The new style of platform games where your character automatically runs to the right and you just control the jumping has been extremely popular. The only problem with them is that they are all more or less identical. Ninja Rush is a little bit different, as you can throw stars and use specials against enemies instead of just avoiding them. The game also has a widget that shows your best time along with a nice graphic of the game. Its a bit limited but, if you like the game and want to create a shortcut to it to access it quickly, the addition of displaying your score is a nice idea.
Much like last weeks Circle Launcher, this allows you to access certain apps quickly, and with the minimum of fuss. Touching the widget shows you all the types of apps you have previously assigned to appear. This can be apps from different genres, types, or even a list of star marked favourites. It’s not as pretty as the Circle Launcher, but it does a good job, and is arguably more customisable, and the fact that you could always have a few widgets all showing different selections is a nice touch. Recommended, especially if your home screen is becoming crowded.
An application to help you organise your time better, HourGlancer is actually pretty handy. You can set different tasks, with set times that you want the task to take, and the app tells you when you have been working on that task for too long. Extremely useful for multitaskers, or those with a hectic schedule with conflicting responsibilities. The app comes with a widget that displays your current task with a countdown timer to tell you how long you have been taking. It also counts the total time for all tasks. The widget itself is a bit plain and ugly, but is at least functional. Worth a look, and has a free version available.