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Widgets have been part of Android since day one, and they remain one of the platform’s most useful features.
These tiny applets that you can place on your home screen are ideal for quick, at-a-glance information like weather updates. Sometimes they have buttons for controlling music or your phone’s flashlight.
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But with so many apps offering widgets, how can you be sure you aren’t missing out? Here’s our pick of the best widgets for Android every user should have.
Want to keep your home screen uncluttered but still like to have a handy summary of your agenda for the day? You’ve already got the best widget; you just might not have noticed it.
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At a Glance is part of the Google app installed on every Android phone. It’s a single row, full-width widget that updates throughout the day to show bits of information like traffic or your next appointment. If there’s nothing special happening, it becomes a nice date and weather widget.
If you prefer a bit more customization, then take a look at Another Widget. It’s inspired by At a Glance—and is almost identical in looks—but offers a tad more functionality.
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Overdrop is a relative newcomer to Android’s ever-expanding weather app genre. It’s one of the best-looking, and offers astoundingly accurate minute-by-minute forecasts from the DarkSky service.
It also has a heavy focus on widgets. You get 21 free widgets, plus a further 17 if you upgrade through an in-app purchase. They cover pretty much every style you could think of.
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If Overdrop doesn’t work out for you, take a look at our guide to more of the best weather widgets for Android. You’re sure to find something you’ll love there.
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