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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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                                        How to Improve Your Computer Skills to Get Ahead in Your Career

                                        How to Improve Your Computer Skills to Get Ahead in Your Career

                                        Technology has taken the business world by storm. People and businesses are progressively reliant on technology world these days. As a result, the people with impressive knowledge and experience with a computer are in demand.

                                        Considering this growing market trend, if you too wish to bag a profitable job, this article is apt for you. Here, we will dig deeper into the business and technology world to look into what are the best computer skills one should invest in and what resources to get help from.

                                        So, are you ready? Here we begin.

                                        6 Most-In Demand Computer Skills This Year (and Beyond)

                                        When talking about computer skills, following are the 6 computer skills that can fill your mailbox with endless job opportunities (besides, having an English and Hindi typing speed of 40+ WPM):-

                                        1. Spreadsheets and Databases

                                        Considering the treasure trove of data companies are handling these days, Spreadsheet and Database management skill tops the list. It is considered the most wanted job skill in the market, with a salary of around $53,129/yr for an entry-level position. However, the spreadsheet skill does not confine to auditing data from cells.

                                        To get hired based on this computer skill, you need to become a Spreadsheet ninja. From storing data to organizing them, applying complex mathematics formulas, and creating complex macros, you need to be an expert at all.

                                        In other words, you need to have an expertise at working with:

                                        • Microsoft Excel
                                        • Microsoft Access
                                        • Statistics
                                        • Data Analytics
                                        • Adobe Campaign
                                        • Quickbooks
                                        • XML Database management system
                                        • Filemaker Pro
                                        • MATLAB
                                        • Hive
                                        • FORTRAN
                                        • RDBMS (Relational Database Management System)
                                        • SAS

                                        2. Social Media, Email, and Blogging

                                        Though people are socially active, not everyone knows how to use the social media tools on the professional front. In such a scenario, having an expertise at writing engaging yet professional emails, writing blogs, and managing social media activities is a ticket to entry in reputed organizations.

                                        Some of the skills related to social media, email and blogging that will have a leg up in the hiring process are:

                                        • Content Management System (CMS)
                                        • Google Analytics
                                        • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
                                        • Email Marketing
                                        • Web Page Design
                                        • WordPress
                                        • Digital Media
                                        • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
                                        • Campaign Management Software

                                        3. Graphic Design and Word Processing

                                        A solid grasp of skills to present the gained information in the much readable form is another market need. When considering this computer skill category, you need to enhance your skills at:

                                        • Adobe Photoshop
                                        • Adobe InDesign
                                        • Adobe Illustrator
                                        • AutoCAD
                                        • CorelDRAW
                                        • Microsoft Visual Studio
                                        • Maya
                                        • Microsoft Word
                                        • Microsoft Publisher
                                        • Operating Digital Cameras

                                        4. Software and Hardware Design and Development

                                        The Software and Hardware development, in simpler language, means designing, implementing, and testing the computer software/hardware applications. It is the most profitable computer skill, with a different job opening, including Software Architect, Software Analyst, Software programmer, Hardware configuration, etc.

                                        To be capable of developing and testing the software and hardware, you need to peruse your users’ needs and build an application that hits their pain points. You need to work with different web and mobile app coding languages for gaining the attention of your audience, some of which are:

                                        • HTML
                                        • C/C++
                                        • Java
                                        • Python
                                        • XML
                                        • UI/UX
                                        • LINUX
                                        • CISC and RISC architecture
                                        • Embedded Processor Hardware Design
                                        • Memory Management
                                        • PCB Layout
                                        • SQL

                                        5. IT Troubleshooting

                                        Working on computers is one thing and having a knack of looking into the associated issues and resolving them in real-time is another. There are various employees and graduates who work with computer systems in their daily lives, but get confused when it comes to dealing with frozen programs and performing routine maintenance.

                                        So, if you are familiar with the basic anatomy of computers and machines and know the tricks to perform such tasks to streamline the working process, enter the IT support arena. The prime IT troubleshooting skills one needs to work upon are:

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                                        • Backup management
                                        • Diagnostics
                                        • End User support
                                        • Client-Server management
                                        • Installation and configuration
                                        • Issue tracking system (ITS)
                                        • System administration
                                        • Tech support

                                        6. Enterprise Systems

                                        Many Enterprises have their own enterprise solutions like PeopleSoft for managing their data and operations.

                                        Becoming a master at using the enterprise solutions mentioned in their ‘Requirements’ area can also lessen the barrier to get a job.

                                        The Roadmap to Excel Your Computer Skills

                                        Now that you know the 6 most popular computer skills in the market, the first decision, you need to take is which computer skill you want to work upon. All the skills are equally considerable for making a career ahead. So, choose one as per your interest.

                                        Once done, look forward to the following resources for boosting your computer skills and getting a reputed, handsome job.

                                        Depending on the computer skill you opt, here are the online courses you can turn to for elevating your career opportunities:

                                        1. Become a Spreadsheet and Database Ninja

                                        a. Microsoft Excel Training Online Course – Basic & Advanced

                                        Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or expert at working with spreadsheets, this online course has something new for everyone to become excel efficient users.

                                        Divided into 48 interesting lessons, the course empowers you to learn the technique of using mathematical, statistical, logical and text functions, sorting and filtering the data, creating Pivot Tables, building macros, finding a value with VLOOKUp, and much more.

                                        b. Excel- Online Courses, Classes, Training, Tutorials on Lynda

                                        This is another impressive course to unlock the power of Excel. Designed for people from all walks of life and familiarity with Excel tools. This course helps you gain in-depth knowledge from the experts about this data-analyzing tool and make the magic in spreadsheet creation and management process.

                                        c. SQL & Database Design A-Z™: Learn MS SQL Server + PostgreSQL

                                        Build a successful career in the data analytics world with this online course.

                                        Revolving around the two top databases, MS SQL and PostgreSQL, this course will give you a comprehensive knowledge of the working of the databases and understanding of all the related elements, including how to create, update, organize, and safeguard the data.

                                        2. Rule the Social Media World

                                        a. Free Social Media Course by HubSpot

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                                        Introduced by the top experienced inbound professors from Hubspot, here you will get a comprehensive knowledge of Social media marketing.

                                        From understanding how to build relationships on different social media platforms to creating a perfect strategy to engage them, leveraging the benefits of social advertising, and analyzing your social media ROI, this course will bring out the best out of you.

                                        b. Write Professional Emails in English by Coursera

                                        This online course will be the right weapon to look into the differences and similarities between different email styles, improve your English writing skills, write effective subject lines, maintain the formality tone in emails, and more to make a powerful impact on the receivers with your email.

                                        c. Ninja Writing: The Four Levels of Writing Mastery

                                        Founded by Udemy, this online course will excel your skills to build a masterpiece everytime you write.

                                        Here, you will get the guidance from the editors of the top newspapers and websites, and understand what kind of words and tone to use for leaving a spellbinding impact on the readers.

                                        3. Launch Your Own Software or Hardware Equipment

                                        a. Hardware and Software Courses by Coursera

                                        From Big Data to IoT, Sensor Circuit Design, Embedded Software and Hardware Architecture, and Motor Control Circuit, this course will give you a glimpse of all the hardware devices, equipment, and programming languages to build wonders.

                                        b. Free Software and Web Development Certifications Online by Alison

                                        Become the software developer market demands with Alison’s Java, C#, Python, R, PHP, or MySQL database course. From backend to frontend development and software testing.

                                        The course helps you to learn how to design, develop and test software and working in a team while contributing to the team success.

                                        c. Free Online Software Development and MOOCs Course by Class Central

                                        The Class Central online course will make you a master of software development. Here, you will learn the basic concepts of development like Agile, Design Patterns, and Version Control with Git, along with gaining experience of working with the top programming languages.

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                                        4. Live and Breathe Creativity

                                        a. Udemy: Introduction to Graphic Design

                                        It is a top-rated program for the new learners and designers to explore the Graphic Design world.

                                        From the history of communication to the design principles, the course will help the students to learn everything specifically and implement in the real world.

                                        b. Canva Design School

                                        From a beginner to advanced level, this course will provide you with an elaborated and comprehensive knowledge of graphic design. In the form of 4 modules, this course will help the interested graphic designers to try out their skills at Graphics, ranging from fonts to colors, backgrounds, images, shapes, and layouts.

                                        c. Microsoft Word – Basic & Advanced

                                        62 personalized lessons, premium video tutorials, and unlimited tests and quizzes – this certified course has everything that will make your entry to the business world easier.

                                        d. Microsoft Office: Word, Excel and Access Productivity Bundle

                                        The course will make you productive in Word, Excel, and Access through video lectures, articles, and various other supplemental resources.

                                        Besides, it will offer you exclusive tips and tricks to enhance your skills at using Microsoft office.

                                        5. Raise Your Reflexes to IT Troubleshooting

                                        a. IT Troubleshooting Skill Training by Udemy

                                        IT Troubleshooting Skill Training will upgrade your logical concepts over technical components to find and repair faults.

                                        It will provide you with a methodological approach to learn the basics of troubleshooting, practice them via exercises and drills, and enhance your IT troubleshooting intelligence.

                                        b. IT Help Desk Online Course on Lynda

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                                        The Lynda’s IT troubleshooting online course will train you how to respond to the issues related to Windows 10, Office 365, JIRA software, and more, from a local as well as a remote location.

                                        Mobile Apps and Websites to Enhance Computer Skills

                                        The aforementioned online courses will undoubtedly train you for a successful career ahead. But, in case you want a long-term support, turn towards the following websites and mobile apps:

                                        • Duolingo – Duolingo app will improve your spoken and written communication skills in different languages. With the magic of gamification added to the study, the app will make learning a fun and addictive task.
                                        • Hemingway – Hemingway app defines the length, complexity, and common errors associated with the sentences. In this way, it helps you to write effectively and go ahead in the career.
                                        • Udemy – The Udemy, with its 2000+ courses, is a great platform to master new skills, advance your career and explore the newer technologies and programming languages. Enrol a course as per your budget and make a brighter future.
                                        • eDX – eDX is yet another commendable platform you can look forward to. The platform offers you the best of the tutorials prepared by the business professionals and technology experts, ensuring a great boost in your computer skills.
                                        • Excel Easy – Excel Easy, as the name depicts, will make working with Excel easier for you via their detailed tutorials and 300+ real-life examples.
                                        • GCF LearnFree.org – It is a one-stop platform for accelerating your future in the computer world. From graphic design to Microsoft Office, resume writing, enhancing adaptability, and much more, the top experts will guide you with everything on this platform.
                                        • QuarkXPress – The QuarkXPress will aid you to add soul to your design with its unparalleled collection of font style, size, and typography. The best part is that it is avails all the options in different languages, including English, Spanish, German, French, and Italian to name a few.

                                        Bonus: Tips to Accelerate Your Approach For a Better Career Ahead

                                        Though these resources will make you stand out from the crowd and get hired at once, you need to focus on various other things, such as:

                                        1. Practice, Practice, Practice

                                        It is common to forget what we learn. To ensure that you do not miss any opportunity just because you forgot, keep practising.

                                        Make it your routine. Polish your computer skills and you will surely end up getting an offer letter from a recognized firm.

                                        2. Work on Your Efficiency

                                        Remembering what you learned is not enough; practice to enhance those skills to do better.

                                        For example, if you take around 50 minutes to create a design, target for 40 minutes.

                                        3. Look for Shortcuts

                                        Smart work rules over hard work more often. So, look forward to learning shortcuts to do any task. This will increase your chances to crack an interview and get selected.

                                        4. Apply for an Internship

                                        Last but not the least, apply for an internship to see what’s trending in the market and how much you are ready for it. While doing an internship, pay attention to your weak points and work on them. This will ensure a success when you apply for your dream job.

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                                        The Bottom Line

                                        Seeing the current market scenario, it is evident that having computer skills is a boon for a better career ahead.

                                        So, rather than struggling with thousands of other things and trying to crack interviews, focus on the computer skills mentioned in this article. Utilize the resources and experts’ tips shared and look forward to having a successful and prosperous future.

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