Widgets - Use them ? iOS & Android

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by MRU, Jun 10, 2015.

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Do you use widgets on your android device / iOS notification

  1. [Android] Yes. Lots of them (6+)

    7 vote(s)
    12.1%
  2. [Android] Yes. Quite a few (2-6)

    26 vote(s)
    44.8%
  3. [Android] Yes. But not many (1-2)

    15 vote(s)
    25.9%
  4. [Android] No

    6 vote(s)
    10.3%
  5. [iOS] Yes. Lots of them (6+)

    5 vote(s)
    8.6%
  6. [iOS] Yes. Quite a few (2-6)

    2 vote(s)
    3.4%
  7. [iOS] Yes. But not many (1-2)

    9 vote(s)
    15.5%
  8. [iOS] No

    5 vote(s)
    8.6%
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  1. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    #1
    Widgets are often seen as the main differentiator between iOS & android and is cited as one of the main reasons users choose one platform over the other.

    Out of curiosity as an android owner who rarely if ever uses widgets - I wonder what ratio of widget owners we have here, also as many of us are multi platform owners - how many use widgets in the Notification drop down on iOS ?
     
  2. HiDEF macrumors 68000

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    #2
    As of now I have two widgets on my Android screen, weather and agenda.

    In iOS, calendar, weather, and camera+. IMO, apples integration of widgets kinda stinks but I play along.
     
  3. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 603

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  4. MRU thread starter macrumors demi-god

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    I have a weather clock on my androids only. On iOS I can't say I really pull down and look at any of the 'widget' information.
     
  5. MRU thread starter macrumors demi-god

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  6. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    On iOS I think a few dozen of the apps I have on the phone have a widget, although I only activated and use around half a dozen of them (primarily those related to reminders, calendar, weather, sports scores, TV shows, carrier data usage, and the like).
     
  7. youradhere4222 macrumors 6502

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    #7
    Widgets on iOS are crippled but I use a few. On Android I had a calendar widget on the left side of my home screen and a list of my course grades and upcoming assignments on the right side (using the Canvas app).
     
  8. apolloa macrumors G3

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    Use them every single day and I love them on Android.

    On my Nexus 5:

    Gmail
    BBC Weather
    Google Calendar
    Google News stream (sends stories from random news sites like BBC, Reuters newspaper sites etc)

    On my Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact:

    Sony Email App widget
    BBC Weather
    Google News stream
    Google Calendar
     
  9. Tig Bitties macrumors 68030

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    #9
    On my Nexus 6 a clock + weather widget on home screen. Then other screens have my favorite sports team widgets. Go Blackhawks :). And other screen has calendar widget.

    I mean come on Apple, allow us to put widgets on the home screen already.
     
  10. spinedoc77 macrumors G3

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    I find widgets absolutely indispensable. I can, at a simple glance, see my combined email inbox, google voice inbox, calendar, OneNote notes, google now headlines, text messages and even cool things like a live screen of my babycam. I'm not talking about just one liners either, I can see several items like email or messages, I can actually scroll through them on the homescreen without opening the app itself. This makes me so much more productive. I constantly have a barrage of input from all of these sources, and to simply glance at my phone and see them all in real time really frees up my time.

    I could never live without widgets again. I think that's why the last couple times I tried to like an iPhone again I just couldn't, I felt much too limited.
     
  11. iSheep5S macrumors 6502a

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    Samsung Galaxy S5 - Weather clock and active apps.

    iPhone 6 plus - Weather Pro.
     
  12. ardchoille50 macrumors 68020

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    I have been on iOS devices since the beginning of 2012 and I've just setup my first widget on my iPhone 6 and my iPad Air 2. I found a nice weather app that I wanted and purchased it not knowing that it included two widgets - I only noticed them when I went to edit the Notification Center. I like it :)
     
  13. The-Real-Deal82 macrumors 601

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    I didn't like them when I was on Android and felt they made screens look cluttered an messy. I've added a few to my pull down menu on iOS but to be honest I never use them.
     
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  15. Abazigal macrumors 604

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    I have about 6 or 7 widgets on my iPhone 5s's notification shade. Quite handy for quickly accessing info at a glance, I must say.
     
  16. Fireblade macrumors 65816

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    I use a widget on every homescreen:

    Weather
    Agenda
    News feed
    Calendar
     
  17. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    #17
    they are important to me

    got like 8..

    weather
    s note
    3 twitter widgets
    cbs sports news and scores
    goal.com news
     
  18. MRU thread starter macrumors demi-god

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    Thanks guys - interesting stuff. I'll keep this thread live so that after us regulars have posted - we can get more opinions from less frequent posters / readers :)
     
  19. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    i've decided to start using pure TW again to see if my battery life is better with less widgets...as i've noticed average battery life on nova lately. will see if it is due to nova or if it's a 5.0 issue.
     
  20. Vegastouch macrumors 603

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    #20
    Android i use probably 4-5. I dont have anything with iOS.
     
  21. tbayrgs macrumors 603

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    #21
    On Android, I typically use 3-4. On iOS, I presently have 10 activated, of which I regularly use maybe 7 of them. I know I'm in the minority here in this sub forum but I much prefer the iOS implementation since they're accessible everywhere, but that's just my preference.
     
  22. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68030

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    #22
    No widgets on my phones (both platforms).
    On Tablet: weather, world clock.
     
  23. nviz22 macrumors 68040

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    #23
    On Android I used several. On iOS, I only use ESPN, but I need help changing the ESPN team scores.
     
  24. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Try Yahoo! Sports as it displays all the scores without needing to wait for it to change.
     
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