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Top Android Widget: Days Left Widget

Posted on Jun 30, 2011 in Lifestyle, Top Rated Widgets | comment

Days Left Widget reminds you of important, upcoming events that you can’t afford to forget.

  • Version: 1.5
  • Size: 1.1MB
  • Category: Lifestyle
  • Price: Free

The Days Left Widget provides you with the tools to quickly create a homescreen widget that will remind you just how soon that big day is. Do you want to countdown until your birthday, vacation, or the last day of school? Do you want to make sure you don’t forget your anniversary or a friend’s birthday? If so, this Android widget is definitely for you.

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Screen Filter Android Widget, Advanced Brightness Control

Posted on Jun 11, 2011 in Tools, Top Rated Widgets | 1 comment

The Screen Filter Android widget lets you apply a brightness shade to your Android device’s screen.

  • Version: 1.2
  • Size: 52.75KB
  • Category: Tools
  • Price: Free



Reduce your screen’s brightness more effectively with the Screen Filter Android widget than you’d previously done with the default Android options. The brightness reduction is perfect for nighttime viewing, eBook reading, or for just saving battery.

Long-press your Android homescreen to find and create a new Screen Filter widget. When the customization options popup, use the slider to set the desired brightness level. The default, 48.6%, is a nice compromise between functionality and visibility. Use the example text to decide which setting is best for your needs. Additionally, there is an option to toggle the backlighting of soft-keys (menu, home, back, search). Unfortunately, the developer states that this feature doesn’t work for all Android devices (and didn’t consistently work on my Samsung Galaxy S phone).

For those of you who also use the Tasker or Locale Android apps, you’ll be happy to know this widget includes a plugin allowing you to enable brightness configurations based on time, location, etc.

Pros:

  • Widget access to multiple brightness shade presets
  • More advanced than stock Android settings adjuster
  • Plugin for Tasker and Locale Android apps
  • Option for toggling soft-key backlighting



Areas for improvement:

  • Make the widget dynamic by enabling brightness adjustments via the homescreen



Conclusion: An Android widget used to quickly enable a brightness shade to your Android device, with more advanced battery and eye saving power than the stock Android brightness settings.

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Top Android Widget: Minimal RSS Widget

Posted on Feb 13, 2011 in News and Weather, Top Rated Apps, Top Rated Widgets | 2 comments

Minimal RSS Widget is a simple, elegant way to display your RSS feed items on your Android homescreen.

  • Version: 1.2.1
  • Size: 86.80KB
  • Category: News & Weather
  • Price: Free



To create the widget, do as you would with any other widget and long-press on your Android homescreen. Then, to add feeds you have to manually enter their addresses in the box. Make sure to click save before exiting this screen.

In the settings, you can adjust the refresh rate, scrolling speed, and max entries for the display. Additionally, you can set the background, alignment, and arrow color to match your current theme. To get back to these options after creating the widget, click on the far left side of it.

Unfortunately, at this time there is no synchronization or importing option for Google Reader. However, the main purpose of this widget isn’t really to display all of your RSS items, since that wouldn’t really be practical. Rather, just add a few sites that you’d like to keep close tabs on throughout the day. Check out the official Google Reader app for a non-widget RSS manager.

Pros:

  • Clean, elegant RSS feed widget
  • Settings provide theme-friendly options
  • Very active and receptive developer



Areas for Improvement:

  • Google Reader importing and synchronization support



Conclusion: An RSS feed widget that will complement any Android homescreen.

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Widgetsoid: Customizable Homescreen Widgets

Posted on Dec 28, 2010 in Tools, Top Rated Apps, Top Rated Widgets | 3 comments

Widgetsoid is a fully customizable Android widget creator.

  • Version: 3.1
  • Size: 1.54MB
  • Category: Tools
  • Price: Free



To access this widget, long-press on your Android homescreen and select the size you’d like. Available sizes range from between 1*1 to 1*5 to 5*1. Once you have selected the appropriate size, then you can choose what settings you’d like to be able to toggle. The default style is similar to the “Power Control” widget that comes stock on some of the newer Android phones.

In the network section, choose from: WiFi, portable WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth, mobile data, 2G/3G, 4G, data sync, tether USB, USB storage, airplane mode. Screen section: Screen timeout, lock screen, auto lock, orientation, brightness, screen always on, and stay awake. Sound section: ring mode, volume control, media scanner, and music controls (previous, next, play/pause). Other section: GPS, battery status, flashlight, SD card, reboot (root only).

Additionally, you can create a shortcut for any Android app you have installed or for any contact.

The best feature of this Android widget is the customization/theme options for the widget itself. You can adjust the widget’s background color, status color, icon colors, corner types, etc. This is perfect for matching custom Android themes, live wallpapers, or any background image.

Once you’ve assembled the widget as you like, make sure to click the “save” button which is at the far-right of the scrollable bottom bar.

Pros:

  • Fully customizable Android widget creator
  • Includes nearly all critical toggle-able settings
  • Edit widget theme to match your Android homescreen
  • Multiple widget sizes and variations



Areas for improvement:

  • Contact shortcuts need contact images



Conclusion: A customizable Android widget creator that will ease toggling settings from your Android homescreen.

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Top Android Widget: Clockr

Posted on Nov 7, 2010 in Top Rated Apps, Top Rated Widgets | 4 comments

Clockr is a beautiful, text-based clock widget.

  • Version: 0.9
  • Size: 42.35KB
  • Category: Tools
  • Price: Free



Clockr is a great alternative to other homescreen clocks, especially the stock options that come with your Android phone. It has a very minimalist look and feel. There are many customization options that you can choose from to make this clock widget fit whatever background image or wallpaper you currently have. You can choose different font colors, sizes, and shadowing, as well as the specific clock style and background.

Pros:

  • Simple, attractive text-based clock widget
  • Plenty of customization options
  • Frequent improvements by developer



Areas for improvement:

  • Tap clock to open alarm (or other user-defined application)



Conclusion: An attractive complement to your Android homescreen!

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