Web widgets do not require great knowledge or computer skills on the part of those who use them (both on the user side and on the webmaster side): all you have to do, in fact, is to copy the code and insert it into the web page. The widget will be hosted on the developer’s server, and can still be used by users of any website.
In recent years, widgets have found widespread use in the mobile universe: both Android and iOS have dozens and dozens of widgets to customize one of the virtual “desktops” available to the user. The mobile widgets are divided into categories characterized by the type of information displayed.
This type of widget usually allows you to view a few, crucial, information and monitor changes over time. By touching the widget, in most cases, you will have access to the application connected to it. The weather widget is, in all likelihood, the most typical example of an information widget
- Collections widget. As the name suggests, these are widgets that collect and show a multitude of similar elements by type and origin.
- The collection widgets can be used to access and view a photo gallery, or to access the inbox with ease and immediacy.
- Widgets of this type usually allow you to browse the collection and access every single element that is part of it
Control widget. The main purpose of this category of widgets is to provide the user with tools that allow you to control some features of the device without the need to access the main application directly. Thanks to the control widgets, for example, it will be possible to activate and deactivate the data connection, GPS and Wi-Fi without having to access the device settings.
Hybrid Widgets. Again, the name helps to understand the nature and functionality of the widgets in question. Hybrid widgets usually collect elements characterizing the three types just described and combine them in a single “product”.
A widget linked to a music application, for example, allows you to know information about the state of the music application itself (which song is playing and its progress) and control some features (pause playback, go to the next song or go back to the previous one).
Widgets are one of the most useful features of Android devices, and also one of the most underrated factors of customization. In fact, a part of the community less knowledgeable in the matter barely knows of their existence. Never mind, here we are: let’s talk about it!
- What are Widgets
- Types of Widgets
- How to insert a Widget
- Edit or delete a Widget
- Install other Widgets
What are Widgets
Widgets are echoes of applications, sorts of shortcuts to be inserted on the Home, thanks to which you can view information quickly and immediately, without having to go through the equivalent app. They can also be used to access practical functions with special “buttons” that activate or deactivate a certain function.
Types of Widgets
There are many types of Widgets. One of the most popular is undoubtedly the clock, along with the calendar and the Google search bar. Even the pedometer and the flashlight emerge among the most popular, even if everything, as always, depends on your needs.