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19 Best Android Widgets, No Matter Which Android Phone You’re Using

19 Best Android Widgets, No Matter Which Android Phone You’re Using

A home screen widget is a unique feature of the Android OS—other mobile operating systems don’t offer them at all. If you aren’t sure what a widget is, it is a shortcut to accessing basic functions of an app. Some widgets will show the time or weather, while others will show calendar appointments, battery information, or let you raise a digital pet.

Keep in mind that widgets can be a little more of a battery drain than not using a widget, but in most cases they are extremely useful and well worth the trade-off.

HD Widgets

HD Widgets

    HD Widgets are some of the most configurable information widgets in the Google Play Store. They have a lot of different sizes, with some of the large sized ones being 6×2 so they fill up the width of a 7 inch Android tablet pretty well. Within the different sizes are different set configurations: some of the sizes allow for parts of the widget to be changes, while all of them allow for colors and style do be changed.

    Evernote Widget

    Evernote Widget

      The Evernote widget is configurable and lets you have fast access to some of the most popular note options. For example, you can start a note from an image by pressing on the camera icon in the widget. You also have a search tab for quick access to search for a tag, notebook or note.

      Android Pro Widgets

      Android Pro Widgets

        Android Pro Widgets are a combination of different widgets. In this combo pack, you will see separate ones for Agenda & Calendar, Contacts, Bookmarks, Messaging, Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader. All of which have the option to be styled and look, and many of the widgets allow for scrolling as long as your Launcher allows for it as well.

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        Beautiful Widgets

        Beautiful Widgets

          Beautiful Widgets are, well, beautiful. :) This group offers a lot of different configurable sizes from 1×1 to 4×2. Depending on the size you can easily make changes like removing the weather icon and add a more useful battery level icon, and then you can choose the look of the battery icon. Add the animation add-on for an even better-looking widget.

           Battery HD

          Battery HD

            Having a hot-looking battery widget will add to the aesthetics of your home screen rather than detracting from it. Depending on the location available on your home screen, you can choose from either a horizontal or vertical battery widget. When clicked, you can see a lot of information such as usage and battery health.

             BeWeather & Widgets

            BeWeather & Widgets

              BeWeather is a fantastic weather widget: not only will you love the look of it, you will have access to features like the weather radar so you can see if bad weather is on the way or if it looks like it will miss you. You will also have the temperature displayed in the notification bar.

              DroidPet Widget

              DroidPet Widget

                People love to take care of pets. For people with allergies or who can’t have pets where they live, DroidPet Widget is a great way to fill the void you feel. Take care of up to 5 pets at the same time by petting them, playing with them, and keeping them happy or they will go to the special farm where animals go to live when no-one wants them.

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                Agenda Widget Ultimate

                Agenda Widget Ultimate

                  On a busy day, you just need to see what appointment is next and when you have time to schedule other things, like a lunch break.  Agenda view is ideal for this and that’s what you get with Agenda Widget Ultimate: a great-looking, easy-to-read widget with all of your appointments laid out in a way where you can scan them easily. This is a great option for someone transitioning from a paper planner.

                  Days Left Widget

                  Days Left Widget

                    We all have days we are excited about and count down to, like days ’til vacation, Christmas, a birthday or anniversary. Days Left Widget lets you add little widgets to your home screen counting down to that special day. You can add several to the home screen, each with different countdowns.

                    DIGI Clock Widget

                    DIGI Clock Widget

                      On some Android devices, the clocks leave something to be desired. Adding DIGI Clock Widget to your Android will give you a lot more control over what your clock looks like: you can change the colors, fonts and date format to what you prefer. Simple and clean, just like a clock should be.

                      Sense Analog Clock Widget

                      Sense Analog Clock Widget

                        Do you like the way the HTC clock widget looks but don’t have an HTC device? Sense Analog Clock Widget creates a good likeness of the HTC Sense clock on your non-HTC device. The good-looking flip clock and weather widgets are sure to create a pleasing space filler on your home screen.

                        Fancy Widgets

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                        Fancy Widgets

                          These widgets live up to their namesake, with over 400 different clock and weather skins available for you to get just the right look. Your choice of weather services, configurable time, refresh interval, and tap actions make for a very usable set of widgets in many different sizes.

                          Multicon Widget

                          Multicon Widget

                            Multicon lets you add more than the usual number of application icons to your home screen. Instead of having a few app icons on each of your screens, you can load them all on one. Select the number of rows and columns you’d like in the grid then start adding apps—it’s that simple.

                            Next Switch Widget

                            Next Switch Widget

                              neXt Launcher is a new-ish launcher by the GO Dev group. They make awesome apps like GO Launcher EX and GO SMS Pro. While the neXt Launcher is a paid launcher, neXt Switch is a free add-on. You have very stylish widgets to turn on and off functions of your device such as Bluetooth or Data Syncing.

                              Slider Widget – Volumes

                              Slider Widget - Volumes

                                Need fast access to the volume controls for various parts of your Android device? Slider Widget – Volumes grants that wish. In addition to being able to quickly change the volume of media, ringtones and other sounds, you can adjust the screen brightness and other adjustments too.

                                ‘Today in History’ Widget

                                'Today in History' Widget

                                  ‘Today in History’ Widget scans many different sources to bring you the most interesting historical events that happened on this day. Sources such as the New York Times and BBC are sure to have a healthy knowledge of historical events around the world. The preceding day is downloaded so you don’t always need to be connected to the internet to have your day in history.

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                                  Wizz Widget

                                  Wizz Widget

                                    Wizz Widget is a collection of different widgets for commonly-used apps. The Stacks are pretty cool, and they let you flip through the days in your calendar or the tweets in your Twitter timeline. The widgets are resizable and configurable—just set the refresh interval, color, transparency and more.

                                    Tabr widget

                                    Tabr widget

                                      Tabr widget is a pretty unique take on widgets, and within one widget you can have different modules. These modules show up in tabs, making it super easy to switch to the information you’d like to access. Add modules for your calendar, social networks, contacts and more.

                                      Chameleon Launcher for Tablets

                                      Chameleon Launcher for Tablets

                                        While Chameleon Launcher for Tablets is not a widget, it increases your productivity through the use of widgets. You choose the area of the screen where you’d like to have a widget for Twitter or an RSS feed, and place it there. The widgets fit together really tight to maximize your screen space.

                                        What widget do you absolutely love that’s not on this list? Let us know what it is and why you love it in the comments below.

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                                        40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2018 Updated)

                                        40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2018 Updated)

                                        Over the years here at Lifehack, we’ve discussed plenty of apps that you can use to improve your overall productivity.

                                        There are certain ones that many of our contributors and editors (past and present) have adopted over the long-term — there are always the stalwarts that stick around. But there are also new apps that crop up every day, adding more and more depth to the app category.

                                        Some of the apps are incredibly plain and simple, while others are more robust and offer more features than you can shake a stick at. And everyone has the one they prefer.

                                        It’s been our job (and still is our job) to keep abreast of all of the productivity-type apps out there. As a result — and as a bit of a refresher — we’ve put together a list of 40 best productivity apps for iPhone to provide you with an all-in-one resource for you.

                                        Productivity apps to help you get things done

                                        1. OmniFocus

                                        This app is, while pricey, considered to be one of the (if not the) most robust and full-featured productivity apps on the market.

                                        Download it here.

                                          2. Forest

                                          Train yourself to put your phone down and stay focused on the task at hand by playing with this planting game. It’s fun and will help you achieve more.

                                          Download it here.

                                            3. Things

                                            Another robust choice, this app is a favorite amongst “productivityists”.[1]

                                            Download it here.

                                              4. 30/30

                                              Recently covered here at Lifehack

                                              , 30/30 is a newcomer to the game that incorporates lists and timing of tasks into an elegant and easy-to-use interface.

                                              Download it here.

                                                5. Any.Do

                                                A beautiful-looking app that is both easy on the eyes and your wallet.

                                                Download it here.

                                                  6. PocketLife Calendar

                                                  This calendar app is specifically designed to be stylish and super easy-to-use. You can organize your life easily with different modern features.

                                                  Download it here.

                                                    7. Asana

                                                    We’ve covered Asana here at Lifehack

                                                    , and it is being actively developed by a strong team committed to making collaborative task management a more efficient and effective experience.

                                                    Download it here.

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                                                      8. ToDoist

                                                      This app keeps track of everything – from simple errands to your most important projects – so you can get it all done and enjoy more peace of mind along the way.

                                                      Download it here.

                                                        9. FlowTasks

                                                        From the folks at MetaLab, Flow is a gorgeous collaborative task management app that is easy-to-use and incredibly functional.

                                                        Download it here.

                                                          10. Calendars 5

                                                          This calendar app focuses on events that help you to keep track of upcoming events and tasks easily. It has everything you need to organize, track and complete your to-dos.

                                                          Download it here.

                                                            11. Clear – Tasks, Reminders & To-Do Lists

                                                            A fun and innovative list-making app that relies on swiping and pinching to make things happen. Clear created a lot of buzz when it launched, and might be the perfect to-do list gateway app for many.

                                                            Download it here.

                                                              12. Due

                                                              A robust reminders app that lets you store and maintain reminders of all types. It’s replaced Reminders for me when it comes to the basics, and it’s worth a look if you want to keep the mundane stuff out of your head and cluttering your mind.

                                                              Download it here.

                                                                13. Checkmark 2

                                                                I use this app

                                                                for location-based reminders (such as groceries I need to get or single items I need to pick up from various locations). Checkmark is simple to use and a valuable addition to my productivity arsenal.

                                                                Download it here.

                                                                  14. TeuxDeux

                                                                  Created by Tina Roth Eisenberg and Fictive Kin — Teux Deux is simple and incredibly stellar in terms of design. If you like lists (including the popular “Someday Bucket”) and want to associate dates with tasks, then Teux Deux will be right up your alley.

                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                    15. Wunderlist 

                                                                    Another incredibly popular choice is Wunderlist. Part of 6Wunderkinder’s software family, it sports a gorgeous design and is incredibly functional. We’ve talked about the app a couple of times here at Lifehack, so check those posts out here.

                                                                    Download it here.

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                                                                      16. Nirvana

                                                                      For the GTD enthusiasts, there’s Nirvana. Straight from the source: “Nirvana frees your mind to focus on actually getting things done. If you’ve had enough of generic to-do lists, it’s time for Nirvana.”

                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                        17. Priorities

                                                                        An elegant-looking task management app that has received decent reviews,[2] this could be the one for you if you’re not a fan of OmniFocus or Things — especially if you need (or want) to share tasks with others.

                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                          Productivity apps that help you build habits

                                                                          18. Productive

                                                                          With this app, you can plan your habits with an easy-to-use interface, schedule habits for any time of the day, set smart reminders for each time of the day and stay on track with useful feedback. This app is perfect for anyone who wants to build a habit that sticks.

                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                            19. Habitica: Gamified Taskmanager

                                                                            You can complete tasks and build habits in a more fun way with this app. Input your Habits, your Daily goals, and your To-Do list, and then create a custom avatar. Check off tasks to level up your avatar and unlock features such as armor, pets, skills, and even quests.

                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                              20. Streaks

                                                                              This app follows the model of the popular “don’t break the chain method” in that you use the app to track how you are donig in the pursuit of your goal. Great for goal-setting — and an easy and elegant interface to boot.

                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                21. Remember The Milk

                                                                                Another popular to-do list app, Remember The Milk has a huge following. It has plenty to offer, including the ability to share tasks with others.

                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                  22. Day One Journal

                                                                                  When it comes to journaling, nothing really beats Day One. Its latest update added a slew of features that will make you want to start making journaling a habit.

                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                    Productivity apps that makes organization easy

                                                                                    23. Evernote

                                                                                    Touted as the world’s most widely-used productivity app, Evernote an be used simply as a notetaking app or can be customized to be your GTD app of choice — among other things.

                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                      24. Pocket

                                                                                      You can save an article, video or link you want to read or watch later to Pocket from anywhere including your computer, Safari, email, and your favorite apps like Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard, and Feedly.

                                                                                      Download it here.

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                                                                                        25. Sync.Me

                                                                                        This app identifies unknown phone calls, warns you from annoying spam calls, and adds a caller picture to your contacts from Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                          26. Droplr

                                                                                          One of the most popular file-sharing apps out there today. Straight from the source: “Stay productive on the go. Droplr for iPhone keeps you in sync and makes sharing on the iPhone natural.”

                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                            27. Dropbox

                                                                                            Before iCloud, there was Dropbox. And there still is Dropbox, which is still widely used by both Mac and PC users all over the globe. It’s like having a flash drive in your iPhone. A must-have.

                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                              28. iDolly 

                                                                                              In conjunction with Dolly Drive and DollySync, iDolly allows you to edit and share your documents from your iPhone.

                                                                                              Since all your changes sync automatically to all your devices, the current version of a document will always be accessible because Dolly Sync keeps everything in sync. Very handy.

                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                29. Soulver

                                                                                                It may seem odd that a calculator app shows up on this list, but this is no ordinary calendar app. Ben Brooks over at The Brooks review describes Soulver as follows: “It is what calculators would have been if they were invented at the same time computers were, instead of what we have with most calculator apps.” [3]

                                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                                  Productivity apps that help you work smart

                                                                                                  30. Captio

                                                                                                  A simple capture tool. Straight from the developers: “It’s simple. Open Captio and start typing. When you’re done, hit Send. The note is immediately delivered to your email inbox.”

                                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                                    31. Drafts

                                                                                                    A tremendous capture tool that allows for simple capture, followed by sending items to various applications such as OmniFocus, Things and more.

                                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                                      32. NoteShelf 2

                                                                                                      This is a perfect note-taking app for you. You can take beautiful handwritten notes, type, annotate PDFs, record audio & create lists. You can organize them into categories or groups.

                                                                                                      Download it here.

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                                                                                                        33. Doodle

                                                                                                        This app links directly with the Doodle service, which is one that allows you to plan and organize meetings far more efficiently and effectively. Lifehack contributor Steve Dotto has written about Doodle more in-depth here.

                                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                                          34. TextExpander (Legacy)

                                                                                                          I have saved countless hours of time with TextExpander, and despite its inability to be as robust on iOS as it is on the Mac, it is still a worthy app to have in your arsenal.

                                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                                            35. Launch Center Pro

                                                                                                            A quick launcher for the iPhone that doesn’t just launch an app…with some of them it can do much more. This app saves you time by launching complex actions in a single tap.

                                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                                              36. GoodReader

                                                                                                              This may seem to be an odd one to make this list, but here are plenty of reasons why it is here with this article.

                                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                                37. LogMeIn

                                                                                                                Want to be able to control your Mac from wherever you are? Then get this app.

                                                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                                                  Productivity apps that improve security

                                                                                                                  38. 1Password

                                                                                                                  There is simply no better password manager out there. I’ve even put together a 1Password Emergency Kit worth looking at here.

                                                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                                                    39. LastPass Password Manager

                                                                                                                    You can store passwords and logins, create online shopping profiles, generate strong passwords, track personal information in photo and audio notes.

                                                                                                                    All you have to do is remember your LastPass master password, and LastPass autofills web browser and app logins for you.

                                                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                                                      40. Truecallers

                                                                                                                      Identify and block spammers, search for unknown numbers and call friends easily with this app. With a community-based spam list from over 250 million users, you’ll need this app.

                                                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                                                        There are plenty of other options out there (and we’ve heard from readers in the past as to what they enjoyed using), but these 40 are among the best.

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