Best new Android widgets (November 2015)

The time has come to show you some of the best widgets that have ventured to the Google Play Store during the past two weeks! As you have probably noticed, we have been running this bi-weekly column for some time now. As a result, we have formed a pretty good understanding on how to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Although not every Android user makes full use of them (as it's entirely optional), the home screen widgets that are natively supported by Google's OS are one of its fundamental functionality features. In general, widgets are "miniature application views that can be embedded in other applications (such as the home screen) and receive periodic updates", and are usually regarded highly by the Android community.

It goes without saying that if you take away Android's widget support, you are essentially stripping it away of one of its defining features. And we don't want to do this, do we? On the contrary, we want to regularly present to you the best and most noteworthy new widgets that get released on the Play Store. As it's rather hard to separate the wheat from the chaff, we do the hard work for you and show you all the new widgets that you should know about once every two weeks.

Retro Widgets 

Download ($0.99)

This one requires you to have Zooper Widget installed. Retro widgets, as the name suggests, offer a handful of sophisticated vintage-looking widgets for your home screen that will truly improve the looks of your desktop. 

Weather Zooper Widget 

Download ($1.05)

This minimalist skin for Zooper Widget Pro is of the whole-screen type and comes with a large selection of templates. You need to simply have the two installed and customize it to your liking.

8-bit Clock Widget 

Download ($0.99)

Old school graphics have been trendy lately, with a majority of pixelated games and apps storming all app stores. The same applies to widgets as many of the new ones exhibited that late 80s pixelated vibe. 8-bit Clock Widget is such a tool; as it's name suggests, you are presented to a cool-looking retro widget that employs the easily-discernible style.

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7. pjigara

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

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1. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Would rather get these widgets for free. *sigh*

2. mawi2013

Posts: 67; Member since: Oct 18, 2014

develeopers have to make money you know... Plus if you want to get free google play credit, just download their surveys app - you get like 20p per survey.

3. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Yeah... But widgets aren't a huge thing to develope (cost-wise). However, an 8-bit widget is just for fun, rather than a productive stuff of the latest tech.

4. penguin_productions

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

Hi there! My name is David. I'm the developer of the 8-Bit Clock Widget in this article. Pricing is interesting with widgets. You can't really put ads in them, so that forces a lot of devs to just charge $.99. As an independent developer, it takes a lot of time to design, test, code, and improve the widget all by myself. So I stuck with the $.99. I'm sorry you disagree with the price. However, if you have any feature ideas, feedback, or other suggestions for the widget, I'd love to hear them :)

6. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

At first i read 9.99 and i was like wtf man, 9.99 for a 8 bit clock widget..

5. ZakkDiaz

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

The creators of these widgets don't have a ton of free time. If you place the value of something based solely on productivity, I'd hate to meet you at a party. When was the last time you've payed for a video game? They are some of the most productive-destroying things out there but it's still a super-massive industry.

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