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.
Xbox Live Statistics
Android users who regularly play Xbox 360 may have been glancing a few jealous eyes in the direction of Windows Phone 7 owners. Well, Xbox Live Statistics is here to address at least some of the balance, and it has a killer widget included. The widget enables you to view a profile, achievements and much more, and you are able to customise it to your every need. There are also a few nice designs you can choose from, some just colour based, but many based around popular games, such as Call of Duty. You can choose to have it update manually or at set intervals, and overall its very good value for money. In the screen, I’ve chosen the green background, and it looks very nice indeed and even displays your avatar. Yep that’s me, KeatsSeven, feel free to add me on Xbox Live.
There are plenty of ways to get goal alerts and live scores on Android, but unfortunately most of them either demand an upfront payment or subscription. Goal.com requires neither, and has a nice looking widget. The widget is customisable, but is quite odd to set up. The app gives you a default list of feed options, from news and live scores for competitions to news for top clubs, but getting your own favourite club to appear takes a little too much fiddling. Once set up, the widget is very attractive, with a bold, bright banner that displays the text and picture of an item. The widget loads very quickly and you have the option of swiping through items at will. Recommended.
SilentMode OnOff, one of many widgets available from Curve Fish, is a really nice, simple widget that does exactly what it says it does. The widget, which allows you to set a custom name for it, simply puts your phone into silent mode without having to dive into the menus of the phone. The widget can be reskinned if you get the OnOff widgets pack, but the skin included is decent looking and functional. We will be reviewing the main OnOff widget pack next week, so stay tuned for that if you like this app.