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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, 16:48 6

54. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)


The core of Android is customizability, and that extends to what manufacturers do. It's not just a core feature for end-users.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 17:41 1

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


I reckon widgets just drain your battery with constantly updating feeds like FB, Twitter, Flipboard etc.

Widgets are part of Android's customization not the core mate.

I was answering to omarr

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 13:49 7

11. Eonnaydra (Posts: 217; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


Widgets are useless.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 15:20 6

43. p5yb0rg (unregistered)


If you're not using widgets, you aren't using your Android phone properly. I suggest you return it and buy an iPhone immediately.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 16:50 8

55. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)


This is completely false. Using widgets has nothing to do with using Android properly. If you never used the notification tray, share menu, or Google apps, maybe I could agree a bit, but widgets are really not that important.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 17:05 2

60. torr310 (Posts: 885; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Agree with Michael

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 20:03

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


True Michael. But importance Vs. want are two different instances.

I love my widgets, I love my removable batteries and I love my expandable memory. HTC has ignored many complaints(admittedly by an HTC rep I talked to) yet, here we are today with an Apple move. Suspiciously viewed since HTC and Apple have formed some sort of agreement a few months back.

I waited almost a whole year out of contract and passed over the Evo LTE in hopes that the ONE would implement these features. I left them last week after the announcement of the ONE. Not an easy decision as an 8 year perpetual HTC consumer.

Many phone bloggers as yourself enjoy frequent upgrades and new devices and never really experience these issues long term.

As a consumer of the wireless industry for over 26 years, I am tied to two year contracts just like other mainstream consumers. We experience problems more at this level a year and half into the contract. Conveniently outside of manufacturer warranty. Who's the man now? The insurance companies and manufacturers.

I hope you see my point. I have heard the complaints and I assure you, local government manufacturers are going to increasingly start dealing with these complaints around the country.

John B.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 15:32 1

45. babyk (Posts: 313; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


i could not agree with you more. i can do with the music widget calculator calendar and thats about it imagine i have a one x + and i only have three home screens i deleted the rest.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 13:50 18

12. tedkord (Posts: 12207; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Clearly HTC is tuned in to what users want, judging by their dwindling market share.

Three years ago they insisted users didn't want larger batteries.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 13:55 1

13. Luuthian (Posts: 247; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


I would be fairly certain that HTC has the money and resources to better poll the market than ourselves. It doesn't take a scholar to understand that what the power users want is rarely what will captivate the masses, though.

This kind of flys in the face of everyone saying that widgets are the key factor behind iOS' stale apperance.

Personally, I've never really felt that was the problem. I think the problem is simple lack of change. It's not that iOS needs better customization or widgets. It just needs to look... Different. New. Fresh. That's it. Could it use more features and gestures on the home screen? Absolutely. But at the end of the day, the masses that will the device just want it to look new again.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 13:57 9

14. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


thats why their new Sense doesn't catch my eye.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 14:00 5

15. ahhxd717 (Posts: 332; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)


They're right. Most users do not use many widgets. A lot of people with phones that can get rid of multiple home screens end up only using one page with app short cuts and like a clock widget. The only widgets I find personally useful are the calendar ones and maybe weather, and like setting toggles. Otherwise I never find myself using them and I consider myself an "informed" user. I think widgets are cool and useful at their core, but I can believe that 90% of users don't use them.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 14:01 4

16. josephnero (Posts: 558; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


big mistake.HTC working for microsoft?just joking
Widgets are big part of android custimization
http://mycolorscreen.com/

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 14:17 4

23. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


Widget are fully compatible with Sense 5.0. Check out post 22.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 14:45

33. josephnero (Posts: 558; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


i never said they arent.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 17:52 3

65. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


Well then what is HTC's "big mistake"? All they did is responded to customer surveys and ad the Blinkfeed to Sense. You don't have to use it if you don't want to.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 14:05 4

17. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


I do use my widgets and I change them around all the time. HTC makes some gorgeous widgets and I'm hoping that they will still include their OEM widgets on the One since all you have to do is swipe to the left to get to the normal home screen (I still don't know if everyone knows that).

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 14:13 2

22. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


Question answered:http://www.gsmarena.com/htc_one-review-902p3.php

If you have any questions about the Blinkfeed/Home Screen I highly recommend you read this.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 14:06 1

18. Seymur (unregistered)


I use only Music and Weather widgets. They are almost useless.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 14:10

19. Jimstar (Posts: 259; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


now that they mention it, I prettymuch only ever use the stickinote widget that comes preloaded on my phone, along with the task and calendar widget. I'm so preoccupied with batterylife that I never use widgets at all...

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 14:18

24. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


You still use 3 widgets just like, I don't think many people actually fleet hull the pages with just widgets I think the average has only like 2 widgets..I have weather and clock,power toggles and falcon pro widgets and that's it...am glad we have widgets because at least we have a choice to use the them or not

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 14:22 2

25. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Coming dro the people who just built a huge news feed widget? Oh please

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 14:28 1

26. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i like the idea of the blinkfeed. i'd say to just expand on it's functionality and it'll be solid. o:

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 19:38

78. biophone (Posts: 1968; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


I really like it to.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 14:29

27. tgtftw (Posts: 31; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


Everyscreen I have is loaded with widgets. I find it nice to have everything on my screens vs having to launch the app and then to what I want. It just takes away another step and in the end run makes it a simpler experience to operate the device. I love my wallpaper but I like the widgets better.
The average consumer also isn't that well informed on what their phone can do either. It still baffles me when I have a customer come in with their phone 7 months after purchase and they havent changed a thing to it. Thats the beauty of android. Every phone I sell I try to run them through a crash course of what features are available to them but I guess after that no one wants to read a manual anymore.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 14:30

28. kamejoko (Posts: 211; Member since: 10 Nov 2011)


yeah! and HTC learned that 90% of its customers like style ip5+xperia P+Metro UI , only 10% of HTC's customers like old design of htc's.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 14:30

29. imkyle (Posts: 1076; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


I love widgets. One of the main reasons I switched from IOS to Android in 2011.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 14:33

30. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I think someone shares this opinion

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMDIOwlIaWM&feature=youtube_gdata_player

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 14:34

31. StalkinUrMom (Posts: 111; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)


The only reason I set up widgets is so people who borrow my phone will think it looks cool.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 14:46 3

34. kamejoko (Posts: 211; Member since: 10 Nov 2011)


With weak cpu, htc make sense very beautuful. With strong hardware htc make sense simple like metro ui. If user like personally wallpaper or live wallpaper on home screen? with live wallpaper make android more spices.

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