Home screen widgets are an essential part of the Android experience. However, even though your Android smartphone comes with a whole bunch of them pre-loaded, the Google Play store holds many, many more. They can substitute your stock ones, or even add new functionality to your device.
Today we present you with 10 Android widgets that we would recommend trying out. Some of them come on their own while others come as a part of an Android application, but all of them have one thing in common, namely that they won't cost you a dime.
Now feel free to go over our list of 10 free Android widgets, and if you think that we have forgotten one that should have been included, just let us know by dropping a comment below.
10 free Android widgets
10 free Android widgets
Chances are that if you have a smartphone, you have a data plan. And if you have a data plan, you should have something to monitor your usage with. That is exactly what Onavo Count is meant to do, and it does it pretty well. Naturally, it comes with a handful of widgets that tell you how many megabytes you have used and which application has consumed them.
Powerful Control is a nearly perfect home screen widget that hosts toggle switches for various settings. For example, it can quickly turn your Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, data, or cellular connection on or off. The only thing you might find annoying is the advertisement that pops up once a week in your notification bar, but despite that, we think that the widget is totally worth checking out.
That LED flash on the back of your smartphone is not there just to illuminate your photos, you know. It works as a flashlight as well, but you will need to get the necessary app first. Tiny Flashlight + LED would be a great choice as it comes with a home screen widget that instantly toggles the LED on or off.
We had to include this app on the list because it comes with a widget that displays not only your battery level, but the amount of internal and external storage you have left. It is useful, handy, and very compact.
If your stock weather and clock widgets do not cut the mustard, perhaps Fancy Widgets will do the trick. It comes with widgets of all shapes and sizes that can display the time and current weather conditions. Different skins are available as well.
Android Pro Widgets is an entire collection of home screen widgets that can easily serve as a substitute for your stock ones. Here is what comes included in the package: Agenda & Calendar, People, Bookmarks, Messaging, Facebook, Twitter, and more.
Every once in a while, you need to write something important down. But you can't stick a Post-It note to your phone, can you? Instead, you use a widget like Memento. It is simple, straightforward to use, and quickly accessible from your homescreen.
Not too happy with your stock calendar widget? Looking for something simpler? Try Smooth Calendar instead. It is very minimalistic and stays in sync with your Google Calendar.
If analog clocks are your cup of tea, you should check out Analog Clock Collection. It has over 40 analog clock widgets in its database: from simple and elegant, to wacky and futuristic.
Penny pinchers must be well familiar with Groupon - the mobile app that finds great deals on stuff near you. Well, the app comes with a widget that scrolls through deals right there on your homescreen.