Quite possibly the biggest game-changing feature in Android 1.5 is support for homescreen widgets. If you've messed with Widgets on a computer, the idea remains the same for Android. It's basically a quick glimpse into full-featured applications, for example you could post a calendar widget, or a stock widget, or a weather widget, etc. It's always-on and always-updated, pretty darn nifty right? In Googlewords:

When widgets are dropped onto the home screen, they are given a reserved space to display custom content provided by your app. Users can also interact with your app through the widget, for example pausing or switching music tracks.

What's even cooler is that the Android developers blog has an incredibly detailed post showing how to make Widgets and have released the full source code for you developers to learn from. So if you're at all interested in Widgets and how to create them, feel free to click on over.

But yep. Widgets = Awesome. Days like these make me feel good for picking Android.

[android developers blog]


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Android Devs Talk About Widgets in Android 1.5


I tire waiting for Google to give us all the things they promised. So I installed Open Home from the Market. I've got a music player widget, weather widget, Live Folders including starred contacts, weather forecast, call log, Digg and Box Office. Not to mention 7 home screens.

Thanks to our friends at XDA-Developers, all the things 1.5 promises we'll have eventually even if Google doesn't "officially" give us the update.