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Version 3.0 of HD Widgets landed in the Play Store this morning, bringing a completely overhauled interface, all new widgets, and far more customizations that ever before along with it. I've been playing with the release candidate for the last couple of days (though I've been using HD Widgets for quite a while), and I have to say: this is the best version of HD Widgets yet.

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For starters, all of the standard widgets have been updated with more color options, better customization, new backgrounds, and more overall detail. The preview editor has also been completely revamped, and is far more intuitive and easy to use now. One of the biggest improvements here is that the editor now uses your wallpaper as its background, so you'll know what the widget will look like before you actually apply it. That's a huge improvement, because nothing is more frustrating than building what you think is the perfect widget, only to realize that it looks awful on your current wallpaper.

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The weather screen has also been completely made-over, and it looks fantastic. The images are super high-res, and the overall layout of the page is much more streamlined than before. It really is a pleasure to look at. It can also use four different weather services: Accuweather, Weather Bug, Weather Underground, and Google Weather, so you can choose the one you find to be the most accurate.

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One of my favorite things about HD Widgets 3.0 is the improved switches - you can now completely customize which toggles to include! In my opinion, this was by far the biggest shortcoming in previous versions of HD Widgets, as it only allowed several pre-defined sets of toggles.

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This update also allows for custom theme packs, though none are available yet. Two theme packs, Colourform and Photostream, should be available by the end of the month, though.

Since this is such a major overhaul, the dev team behind HD Widgets, Cloud.tv, have labeled this as a "beta" release for the first several days while they work out the kinks. All in all, though, this update is definitely a huge improvement to an already-great set of widgets. To celebrate the release of version 3.0, the price has also been dropped to $99c for the next 48 hours, so there's really no reason not to grab the download and give it a shot.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Tdesai4

    can you put toggles on the notification bar?

    • ProductFRED

      No but if you're on a phone or tablet that's not on Honeycomb (don't do this on Honeycomb), I recommend MoreQuickly Panel.

      • Tdesai4

        thanks

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

        Why not on Honeycomb? I use MoreQuickly Panel on a couple of my tablets (running ICS), and it works perfectly. I used it on Honeycomb with no problem, too.

    • ProductFRED

      Edit: Wow, my first comment didn't show up but then I re-posted it and now there's a duplicate.

    • sgo00usa

      Or notification Toggle - that's free and does the same job. You need to customize it to look decent, though.

  • Jdoe

    tomorrow's weather. Lighting with a chance of lasers.

  • Bat0nas Ok

    How HD Widgets are in compare with Beautiful Widgets.

    I don't have any widget app yet. So I don't have a clue :( And now it looks like a good deal.

    How much normally HD Widgets cost?

    Thanks!!

  • Bala

    lets how it looks on sgs3

  • fixxmyhead

    looks really nice on tabets. terrible on phones cuz not enough room

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      I actually think it looks fine on phones. Been using it on my GNex for a few days. 

      • Bat0nas Ok

        If you have used it already for some time, which you would recommend: hd widgets or beautiful widgets?

        I also have GNex.

      • fixxmyhead

        i dont have an HD screen :/

    • CeluGeek

       Perhaps the "HD" in their name is not just a marketing gimmick and they really require an HD screen 1280 x 720 or higher to display their best. I definitely wouldn't bother trying HD Widgets on a HVGA or QVGA phone, but maybe they aren't suitable even for WVGA phones?

      • fixxmyhead

        yea probably i only got 480x800 :/

      • http://mixwit.com Michael Christoff

        HDW developer here. HD Widgets works fine on HVGA and QVGA screens. I've got a gs2, evo 3d, and nexus one sitting in front of me :)

        • http://twitter.com/lipefleming Filipe

          HDW has weather animations?

          • http://mixwit.com Michael Christoff

            No it doesn't. It's hard to do that will without owning the launcher. That's how HTC does it with Sense.

        • http://twitter.com/lipefleming Filipe

          I mean is something like the beautiful widgets.

      • Jon Garrett

        I use this wideget on all of my devices from a Galaxy 10.1 to a Galaxy Note and all the way down to the Galaxy Player 4 and it works well and looks great on all of them.

    • Jon Garrett

      what are you talking about? It looks fine on phones.

  • Spydie

    Ultimate Custom Clock Widget is better and much more customizable.

  • http://twitter.com/lipefleming Filipe

    Watching the video, I still prefer the Beautiful Widgets because of the weather 
    animations.