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HD Widgets is already one of the more pragmatic and attractive sources for Android widgets out there, but now it's about to get even prettier. For the big 4.0 release, the developers are prepared to introduce a new theme that's been designed for Android 4.4. And since you don't need KitKat to run it, that makes this update a nice breath of fresh air for anyone looking for a modern set of widgets displaying everything from the weather and time to battery life and toggles.

The core experience remains the same, but the team has added a side navigation menu to the app, which displays active widgets, theme packs, tools, settings, weather locations, and the like.

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The weather screen now shows more information, including a new hourly forecast graph with graphics depicting temperature variance and the likelihood of precipitation.

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The tablet UI now matches that found on phones, including the customization screens.

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Rather than expanding to fill space, widgets are now constrained sizes. Users can also change weather icon styles depending on the theme.

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The update is rolling out in stages, so it's not yet available for everyone. After the distribution is complete, the team plans to release a new, flatter theme by the name of Kairo with KitKat in mind.

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For all the details, hit up the source link below.

Source: HD Widgets

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Karan O

    holy cow now that's some BEAUTIFUL widget!

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    Woah... they really are beautiful now,

  • Daire O Connor

    I wish Beautiful Widgets kept their app up to date and as good looking as this. Might have to switch over now.

  • Humberto Hernandez

    Ah come on! Still fugly! =/

    • Firehawkws7

      Great alternatives you shared with us. Thanks!

      • Humberto Hernandez

        Now do i have to make a better UI?

        It's ugly, it's not my job to say how make it better.

      • TheTruth

        Wait - so someone can't dislike something without providing alternatives?

        If you dislike the dinner you ordered at your local restaurant, you're REQUIRED to tell the chef other things to cook? If you don't like the song on the radio, you have to call the recording artist and, by law, give several other sample songs that you enjoy?

        I had no idea we couldn't simply dislike something without providing examples of things we DO like at the same time. I don't know what's worse - the stupidity of that line of thinking, or the 18 morons who agreed with it.

  • David Li

    The Icon needed a refresh. Now to wait for the update to roll out

  • SVem26

    Widgets are getting to the point where there's nothing new anymore.. everything new is just another form of an existing widget.. I think its time we get something like animated/motion widgets that were rumored long ago..

    As far as functionality goes, the existing ones are sufficient, but the android devices nowadays with such high internals and power efficiency can definitely offer more..

    Would love to have a widget with image rich continuous scrolling News ticker on my tablet homescreen.. Just saying..

    • KojiroAK

      And next is people complaining about poor battery life.

    • Steve Freeman

      So...Blinkfeed?

      • SVem26

        That's homescreen replacement.. not a widget.. but yeah something close

        • Steve Freeman

          Actually, I have it setup so that it's very similar to a full screen widget, while still using Nova. Install Blinkfeed (obviously), then remove all of the desktops from the Blinkfeed launcher other than the one containing Blinkfeed itself. Then on your regular launcher, create a shortcut to Blinkfeed. When you click it, you'll go directly to Blinkfeed, and when you're done just hit the Home button to go back to your regular launcher.

          I can't take credit for coming up with this solution, I found it online. But it works well for me.

  • Badouken

    I've been using HD Widgets for over a year now and they are great! They have had the colourform extension for awhile that makes the widgets look very clean and nice looking like the pics above!

  • Devon

    Not good looking at all -.- Also eats up way too much RAM. Bought it for 10c years ago... even that was too much. Weather forecast terrible (says snow when its in the 70s and sunny.. lol)

  • My name is….

    Zooper killed all other widget apps for me

    • Ilya Potekhin

      Yep, same here.

  • Morgan Jones

    Can't see the new build. Still old one for me... :(