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.
There are literally hundreds of quotation apps, not only on Android but on all smartphone platforms, both major and minor. Maybe that’s because they are relatively easy to create, and hey, they must sell, right? Well, it;s nice to see a developer make a bit of an effort with this one. Allowing you to rate quotations, and to also see how other have rated them adds at least a little bit of interest to this app, and it comes with quite an attractive widget that cycles through quotes and shows you their rating. The widget is a little too big to be honest, and is a little slow to update, but gets the job done.
Formula One Countdown
The Formula One season is in full swing, and here is a widget that allows you to keep a track on when the next race is coming up. A simple widget, this simply displays the time left until the next race, which is all good but really, for an application that isn’t free there should really be a lot more here. How about an option to add a race to your Google calendar, or to switch between different races? If this were a free app I could forgive the simple nature, but a paid app/widget needs a lot more to justify the, admittedly small, asking price.
This great little app allows you to set up widgets displaying the weather for different parts of the world. Two different widget sizes are offered, both of which can be seen in the screenshot. The ‘mini’ version is the most attractive, and there is a multitude of options for each, with different themes, a GPS option and lots of other choices available to mess around with. This widget is particular handy for travelers, as you could set one widget to show your departure city, and the other to check the weather side by side with your destination. Good looking, useful and free.