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HTC: Widgets not important to most Android users

0. phoneArena 01 Mar 2013, 13:34 posted on

With the new Sense 5 and Blinkfeed changing the way we look at the Android home screen, HTC reveals some of the research it used to determine that users would rather look at news feeds and updates instead of widgets; as it turns out, most Android users don't know the difference between an app or a widget and after the first month of use, 80% of users don't change theor home screen...

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posted on 01 Mar 2013, 15:01

37. kamejoko (Posts: 203; Member since: 10 Nov 2011)

Google added more widgets on lock screen (android 4.2) => Google's wrong? because only 10% of Android users care about widgets.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 14:53 1

36. ronjr123 (Posts: 79; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)

On every screen I have (5), I have at least one widget on it. From flipboard, you tube, scrollable news, cnn, beautiful widgets, facebook, twitter...etc. This is what makes android, android.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 15:01 2

38. darkskoliro (Posts: 1076; Member since: 07 May 2012)

Um. HTC. You make wonderful widgets. Dont stop. My relatives who have s3s and notes are jealous of how polished they are. And I have 5 on my homescreens.

If you stop, what other company is going to make nice looking widgets.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 15:06

39. JC557 (Posts: 1518; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

So far the only widget I have on my Rezound is the clock/ weather widget. I do like the bubble version found on Motorola handsets as well.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 15:08 4

40. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3108; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

This is funny coming from HTC who have always been known for their widgets....like their clock WIDGET that has been on their devices since the days of Windows Mobile 6 and below.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 15:10

41. StreetNerd (Posts: 819; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)

Soooo WP was right from the start?

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 15:16

42. ebubekir26 (Posts: 318; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

all Android users use widgets, for weather, hour,...
it don't really matter if you don't use them
your choice

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 15:24 2

44. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)

HTC needs to just drop out of the race. At first, I was surprised by their statement--but then I remembered they signed some sorta deal with Apple. Oh gee, the Apple doesn't do widgets.


posted on 01 Mar 2013, 15:35

46. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)

I'm surprised at this claim. Since when does HTC listen to customer feed back lately?

Just in my nucleus of peers that own HTCs, most of us have expressed our concern to HTC of non-removeable batteries. While HTC claims we are not alone in these concerns, they obviously didn't listen with the new handset.

John B.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 15:37

47. dorianb (Posts: 595; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

That's why I don't use Sense. Nova/GO/Apex Launcher or Stock or go home

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 15:47

48. roscuthiii (Posts: 2217; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

Sense 5? The article pic looks more like Sense "8"...

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 16:14

49. _Bone_ (Posts: 2154; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

What a stupid thing to say. Widgets are awesome.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 16:39

51. Bedz81 (Posts: 83; Member since: 30 Dec 2012)

Must be the same people who said they don't care about SD card slot, large batteries etc...

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 16:44 1

52. dan_md (Posts: 66; Member since: 19 Oct 2010)

I find HTC's claim hard to believe. Perhaps they were polling iPhone users who don't have a homescreen nor widgets. While it's true that most users will rely only on limited homescreen functions with the passage of time, Widgets, multiple homescreen, and an advanced notification system are the things that set Android apart from other OSes. My daily phone chores have always included using the calendar widget to plan my schedule, photo frame widget as a shortcut to scanned documents, and note-taking widgets to see my priority patients. HTC's blinkfeed HEAVILY assumes all android users to be social media addicts who want to be hooked on the lates FB and twitter streams when most people tend to compartmentalize things for work and play.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 16:51

56. Tarzan (Posts: 63; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)

I'd rather prefer the option to have 'em than to don't have them at all. I want my Home Screens less cluttered and for this reason I mainly use app shortcuts. Then again its your personal preference.

Every time I get a new phone, I root it and get rid of stock launcher. Nova being my favorite. I love it for its gestures control.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 16:51

57. Whateverman (Posts: 3262; Member since: 17 May 2009)

That's funny, the first thing I was trying to figure out when I first saw blink feed was if I can use the clock without the feed. If Sense 5 MAKES you use blink feed of can it be chucked. And what the phone would look like with Nova Launcher on it, I like using my phone in landscape mode more than portrait. So typically, I skip the skins altogether, load up a launcher, and pack on the widgets. If HTC is trying to make Android look less like Android, that will be a huge mistake.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 16:56

58. shamataa (Posts: 215; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

I use it all the time

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 16:57

59. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

lmfao... "blinkfeed". They look like "Live Tiles" to me.
Microsoft introduced the term "glance and go" almost 2 years ago after its own extensive research revealed exactly what HTC are claiming here - that widgets are a waste of space and resources. I now find it ironic that android is evolving into what is essentially nothing more than a "Metro" style user interface.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 17:09 1

61. Husker62 (Posts: 13; Member since: 03 Aug 2009)

Did HTC ask what percentage of their customers want removable batteries and Micro SD cards? I am sure it was more than 90% so why didnt they put that into the HTC ONE

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 19:21

76. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)

Call HTC and hear what they have to say.

After 8 years of owning HTC phones, I left because the service representative showed no remorse when expressing my opinion on the matter. My experience with dead batteries and broken charging ports with only months left on contract, has left me specific in wanting these options. Devices failing a total death, results in on board memory gone forever. I want removable SD cards to retain important info stored on them.

John B.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 18:08

66. alazabe (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)

HTC not important to most Android users
that what htc mean

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 18:21

68. gallitoking (Posts: 4718; Member since: 17 May 2011)

wow I said it back in 2010 and it took you guy this long to find out.. wow...

posted on 02 Mar 2013, 06:20

99. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

Well actually they just slept with Apple in 2012 :)

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 18:22

69. half_21 (Posts: 44; Member since: 16 Nov 2012)


posted on 01 Mar 2013, 18:40

71. jedpatrickdatu (Posts: 167; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)

Might as well have the HTC One run Windows Phone or iOS.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 18:52

72. Fuego84 (Posts: 344; Member since: 13 May 2012)

I use calendar, digital clock, Facebook, and YouTube Widgets but only the YouTube widget came with my HTC One S all the others I download from the play store.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 19:07

73. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

I don't really need widgets for most skins because the toggles are in the notification shade. With sense however, you need the toggle widget because HTC sucks.

They really need new market research people or they really need to expand their surveys past HTC owners.

If they want to beat Samsung and Apple, then listen to everyone like they do, not just HTC owners....

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 19:09

74. tha.fox (Posts: 100; Member since: 30 Nov 2011)

Honestly the widgets were cool for a minute but Ive been mad for a long time at how SLOW sense3 and up is compared to even stock 2.3 nexus even with a quad cores the performance is embarrasing. No Quad core or even dual core phone should have to wait 2 to 3 seconds for their contacts or dialer to pop up. I love HTC too but id rather have a simpler phone that is smooth and fast and blink feed seems cool to me. Also Widgets are kinda useless and waste space and what makes Android android and not IOS is....Free music downloads Free Torrents for movies games ect. Free apps, alternate app markets, more choice of device size or look. the only good widgets are music weather and the picture grid im my opinoin.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 19:19

75. BadAssAbe (Posts: 456; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)

I love Widgets, i just wish they made more. My widgets are
A photo frame, Digital Clock and weather, Last installed apps, FlashLight, Hotspot Toggle, NewsFeed, Dancing Icon, System info, Task Manager

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 19:28

77. ibap (Posts: 758; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)

What self-serving HTC rubbish. I like my HTC EVO 3D, but what makes it useful is the assemblage of widgets on my home screen (Launcher Pro) to create a dashboard with what I find useful at a glance. Calendar items, latest SMS, wifi connection and speed, quick access to profile changes, quick data enable/disable, quick camera access and an off/lock button.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 19:56 1

80. Shubham412302 (Posts: 431; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)

htc is inspired by Windows phone

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 20:24 2

83. Tux_Alan (Posts: 74; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)

Wow.... all of a sudden I feel like an alien coz I use widgets for toggling wifi hotspot, weather, facebook, alarms, my flashlight, playing music, quick access to dictionary.com and so on..... widgets are a HUGE pro for me.... to be honest, always thought that was so fr pretty much everyone using android except my mamma!

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 20:47

85. DaNTRoN (Posts: 135; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)

One up. Widgets are nice.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 23:37

92. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)

I see what you mean. For things like that its easier to have widgets to just flip and switch things off easily. my problem with the widgets I find is that none of them look good enough visually or allow me to customize enough according to my mood. If you have any suggestions as to which ones allow that level of use I would be glad to hear it; especially with a device as big as i have. Widgets would make things a bit easier for me.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 20:46

84. DaNTRoN (Posts: 135; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)

Just ditched my HTC one s for a nexus, suck it HTC. Currently have 6 widgets, just haven't gotten around to doing the rest yet. HTC bones there users. I've had 2 HTC models, needless to say, there won't be a third.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 21:23

87. techguy22 (Posts: 227; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

and they continue to lose money and marketshare. when one my favorite android manufacture gone to sh&t???? :(

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 21:30

88. BattleBrat (Posts: 1457; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

Widgets are awesome, but I'll admit not everyone uses them..

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 21:40

89. dmakun (Posts: 320; Member since: 06 Jun 2011)

What are you smoking HTC? I seriously don't the accuracy of that survey. True that many folks may not even know how to activate widgets on the android home screen but who's fault?! For android users who are 2+years it's a different story though, widgets matter HTC! So does removable batteries & sd cards.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 23:35

91. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)

They are right about the widgets. Sorry but on my phone I am just not interested in widgets. My screens are mainly clear beyond the few program icons i use the most thats it. On a tablet, widgets seem much more useful to me than on my phone even if it is as big as the note 2.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 23:50

93. Nathan (Posts: 85; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)

The only widget I really use is the weather widget...

posted on 02 Mar 2013, 00:39

95. terabyteRouser (Posts: 457; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

I don't care about widgets. I only use the stock Android clock widget.

posted on 02 Mar 2013, 01:36

96. kboo1995 (unregistered)

HTC is correct
What matters in android (for it's users ) is FREEDOM
Not widgets and moving background pictures

posted on 02 Mar 2013, 03:13

97. lallolu (Posts: 471; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)

Listened to their customers? Where?
How come they did not put higher capacity batteries in their phone then?

posted on 02 Mar 2013, 06:20

98. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

Name of game is "Monotony SUCKS". So this is where HTC score +1 as compared to other Android phones ... :)

posted on 02 Mar 2013, 07:09

101. JunkCreek (Posts: 407; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

using calendar widget, clock and ttpod or just say music player widget. also, with go launcher, i can make "second drawer apps" by using its folder function on homescreen, so no shortcut icons scattering on my home screen and ruins my wallpaper beauty, they are blended each other not distorting each other + im using it on a different home screens, and i only have 3 home screens. 1 for main home (clock, date and folders of games, apps, internet things and navigations apps. 2 calendar widget, 3 music widget. and a floating widget that shows me time, date, battery percentage and temperature + data traffic and speed usage. rarely use livewallpaper.

posted on 02 Mar 2013, 10:38 1

104. iahmedkaseb (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Mar 2013)

For me, using widgets enables me to do the following with only ONE CLICK:

1- Connect to the internet using WIFI (3 clicks in iphone)
2- Call any of my favorite contacts
3- Lock/unlock screen rotation (really important when using my mobile while sleeping :D) (I think it needs 3 clicks in iphone as well)
... and a lot more

The first two is very important for me (and I think for every one), and so I think It's really important. Although being important is not equal to being used :D

posted on 02 Mar 2013, 11:27

106. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

...and all andro fans were always whinning how widgets were important.
and now, one of their beloved company, htc, claims something opposite and rip off of metro ui straight from NokiaSoft. Maybe they will get rid of notification bar as well?
oh, irony...

posted on 02 Mar 2013, 16:37

108. roscuthiii (Posts: 2217; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

Ahhh! I figured their game out. This statement about widgets, the look of Sense 8 (oops, I mean Sense 5), and the marketing of their new HTC One... It's a part of their strategy to unify their brand and the device experience.
They're going to make Android and Windows Phone handsets with indistinguishable UI. Anyone coming from one OS to the other has no learning real learning curve, and any passers by will immediately recognize the handset as an HTC product. HTC "One" indeed.

At least, that's what it looks like their plans are to me. Whether or not it works...

posted on 02 Mar 2013, 23:25

109. Darkerm (Posts: 308; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)

WTF is HTC talking about?
Are they really Serious?
C'mon, Widgets are cool and handy too.
I always to realy on my widget to know Weatcher, Time, date, Facebook Statuse, Recent Call/Dail etc.
I bet Almost 99.9% Android use Love widget and the really need them for daily life.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 11:40

113. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 805; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

That is why HTC is in LOSS and will never become the top smartphone player. They are listening to totally unwanted stuff and also changing those stuff, whereas the real problems of Broken Mutitasking, Browser tabs reloading/refreshing issue, battery life/ irreplacable battery, no-micro SD etc is not even getting into their blocked heads.. Way to go HTC.. Dont improve on actual problems.. Juz concentrate on stuff not important to anyone (like widgets..not important...??? Huh..really HTC???)

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