Using Your Widgets to Improve Your Android’s Productivity

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In the past, there have been a number of arguments that widget use should be limited, because phone did not have the amount of RAM they do today and networks were much slower, so using up precious resources in this manner was a real concern. Nowadays, with phones having 2GB of RAM and the LTE in all major phones, it no longer is that critical. Today, there are numerous reasons why you might want to use widgets:

Anything smaller than a 4.5″ is now considered a wimpy screen. With the trend for screen sizes to grow, it makes sense to take advantage of the extra screen real estate. The same applies for tablets. Unless you are using more than 80 different apps every day that you need to access, you will have tons of unused space that are the perfect spots for widgets.

Many widgets are designed to turn on/off certain features, such as the 4G, that aren’t easily accessible from your notification settings. Having easy access can save on your battery.

Widgets are actually very underrated. With only a small amount of effort you can turn a home screen into your own dashboard for the majority of things you interact with.

Dashclock

Dashclock

Dashclock gained a rather cult like following literally overnight for being the most extensive heads-up type widgets to be made available. Out of the box, you can configure it to show you missed calls, local weather, unread texts, next alarm, calendar events, unread email, etc. Using extensions that you can be found in the Play Store allows you all kinds of additional functionality such as a battery meter, data usage monitor, music controls, notifications form your app(s) and just about anything else you can dream up.

With all that on your lock/home screen, you are able to immediately see what’s coming in and what you need to handle right away or what you can leave without having to go into every individual app or drag your notification bar down. If there’s one widget on this list that you should install, this is definitely the one. While it takes a bit of time to get everything all configured and set up, Dashclock is a one-stop shop to take advantage of your lock screen. Oh, by the way, it looks pretty cool too.

Get it on Google Play | Free

Unified Remote

Unified Remote

Unified Remote is very cool and we might add pretty darn amazing. It can remotely control almost anything on your HTPC or computer from afar, which includes your keyboard and mouse, volume, VLC, Spotify, YouTube, PowerPoint, Hulu, music player, etc. What’s really neat is that you can create a single, customized widget that is like having one big panel with buttons for all of your apps. Unified Remote also supports lock screen widgets.

Get it on Google Play | $4.99

Slider Widget

Slider Widget

Slider Widget lets you control each separate volume level on Android from one strip. While in the majority of cases, your phone’s volume rocker will adjust these in tandem, however, there are times when you want to turn your music way up but silence your alarms and lower your notifications. The Slider Widget lets you see where those levels are at and independently change them. If you like to listen to music or you like to watch videos on your phone, this is a widget you want to have.

Get it on Google Play | Free