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[Discussion] [#03 Quick Discussion] Are The Days Of Android Widgets Over?

2019-02-10 12:07:21
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Hi Mi Fans!

It's time for another quick discussion. In the previous thread, we discussed whether curved TVs are a gimmick or not. Now, it's for Android Widgets. Back in the years, when this was launched for the first time, it really created hype among us. It was always counted as one of the most creative features of Android, compared to iOS. But, nowadays that hype, somehow has decreased. Looks like even those who love customizations, rarely use them. Has the quality dropped or are they just not useful like before or something else? Let's find out in this thread!

When it comes about widgets, I really got happy because it gives me the chance to see all of my essential information such as mail, clock, music and many more, at a glance. But it's also true that many apps of nowadays, don't support the actual helpful widgets anymore, although having widgets. To be more specific, these widgets do nothing but to offer only a shortcut of making or creating something - for example, the Google Docs widget. I used it, so I can tell you that it's nothing but a simple shortcut to create a new document. You won't get any option there to have sheets or slides on one of your screens. And if we're talking about Google widgets, it's true that even Google doesn't seem to be putting a lot of effort into theirs.

Android Widgets had somehow lost its hype

It includes the Lock screen widgets also. Lock screen widgets were really something at its beginning. But that era came to end when official support had been cut off along with the arrival of the Android L. But if you search carefully, you'll still find the third-party apps that offer them, but it's too rare. You already know its main reasons. Superfast face unlock and fingerprint authorization actually made those lose their popularity. Launchers, on the other hand, suffer from the same problem due to their styles and designs.

Conclusion: It's not that all are dead. There's still chance that they can revive. A new initiative called “Slices” is already in the works. They're creating hope as it's said they are “UI templates that can display rich, dynamic, and interactive content from your app” and are apparently much easier to develop than widgets currently are. But of course, this is my view. I also want to know your opinion on the matter.

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So, do you still use widgets? Do you find them useful? Why or why not? Let me know in the poll and in the Comments section below

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5204684125 | from Redmi Note 4


I still use Android widgets as it gives the scope to have a clear look at my important things, at a glance.

Thanks for making such thread. it really helped.
2019-02-10 12:23:52

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William Jacobson | from Redmi Note 4


Thanks for sharingmimi
2019-02-10 12:25:17

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Joseph Anderson | from Redmi Note 4


2019-02-10 12:31:54

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Solver13 | from Redmi Note 4


Widgets aren't necessary nowadays as we're getting to see that smartphones features some really good shortcuts to perform anything and also like widgets those shortcuts which we get to see atleast doesn't covers the homepage of our phone. So, for me widgets aren't necessary at all.
2019-02-10 13:00:18

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prashanthsahu | from Redmi Note 4


yes I think it's useful and day to day more development is also going on.
2019-02-10 13:02:42

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5187259011 | from Redmi Y2


2019-02-10 13:16:36

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Abdul haee | from Redmi Note 5 Pro


2019-02-10 15:36:48
Invalid floor, the posts have been deleted #8
Thanks for sharing
2019-02-10 19:23:49

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Shivakar | from Redmi 5A


Nice pick bro your
2019-02-10 19:50:29
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