I was recently performing some hard drive cleanup when I happened upon an archive of old development projects and noticed a few widget projects (including the old Android and Me widget) neatly filed away. It got me thinking about how cool these things were when they were first introduced in Android 1.5. Everyone was pumping these things out in all sorts of ways, and there was a widget for just about everything you could ever want. It truly was hard to keep up.
In those days, I (like a lot of folks) used to cram a lot of widgets on my home screen (remember wishing for more than three screens?), but as time passed I opted more and more for minimalism. I now use only one: the Power Control widget included by default since Android 1.6. I also use only a single screen for my home (imagine that). I can’t help feeling like I am missing out on something awesome though.
I was wondering – how many of y’all are using widgets, and which ones are you finding most useful? Do you have any can’t-live-without examples we should check out?
And, for bonus points (not really – I don’t have that kind of power around here), do you prefer standalone widgets or those that are an extension of some other application?