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This new app brings classic lockscreen widgets to modern Android devices

This new app brings classic lockscreen widgets to modern Android devices

Ever wanted to make your 2020 lockscreen look like it stepped out of 2012? The good ol' days when you could view your upcoming calendar appointments, stock prices, and the weather without unlocking your phone? You're in luck, because a new app from developer Zachary Wander promises to put all the widgets you want on your lock screen where they belong.

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Weekend poll: Do you use widgets on your home screen? And if so, how many?

Weekend poll: Do you use widgets on your home screen? And if so, how many?

Widgets were once triumphed as one of Android's small victories over other platforms, offering extra utility that almost everyone saw as a clear benefit — or, at least, a fun avenue for customization. They've been around now for over a decade, and though third party support has waxed and waned, we're curious to know: Do you use a widget on your home screen/launcher? If so, how many have you got?

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Another Widget's first update in 2 years adds dark mode and clock

Another Widget's first update in 2 years adds dark mode and clock

Pixel phones, or more specific, the Pixel Launcher, comes with a neat widget that gives you an overview of the weather, the current date, upcoming appointments, and commute estimates. Google even includes a basic version of this widget for everyone else, but it's not as capable as the Pixel Launcher solution — colors don't adjust to the background, and you can't change the size of the text. Another Widget changes that and adds a ton of features on top, and after 2.5 years without updates, the developer has finally pushed version 2 to the Play Store. It includes dearly needed bug fixes and new capabilities.

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YouTube Music 3.39 adds homescreen widget [APK Download]

YouTube Music 3.39 adds homescreen widget [APK Download]

Google seems to have recently been reminded of the existence of homescreen widgets on Android. After adding a widget for Tasks, another relatively new Google app is getting the same treatment: YouTube Music.

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Google Tasks v1.7 adds dark mode and homescreen widget [APK Download]

Google Tasks v1.7 adds dark mode and homescreen widget [APK Download]

Google Tasks has taken several steps forward since its launch in April of last year. Many of the features that were then missing, like recurring tasks and timed reminders, app shortcuts, proper Gmail integration, sharing to the app, and more, have been implemented. The service now has the barebones necessities of a to-do manager and is continuing to improve. With the latest update, it has added two homescreen widgets and a dark theme.

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[Update: Back in stable] Spotify kills the widget in its Android app, but you can vote to bring it back (maybe)

[Update: Back in stable] Spotify kills the widget in its Android app, but you can vote to bring it back (maybe)

What's that new gap on your home screen? No, your phone didn't get bigger—Spotify has decided to remove the playback widget from its Android app. The company has posted a message on its community forums about the change, and the response has been predictably negative.

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Miss the Spotify widget? You can bring it back with Tasker and KWGT

Miss the Spotify widget? You can bring it back with Tasker and KWGT

Earlier this week, Spotify unceremoniously killed its Android widget, taking away home screen-based controls for the streaming service. Odds are that most of you didn't notice — or if you did, you probably didn't care too much since you can still use the ongoing notification's controls during playback — but for those that were upset at the loss, there's a workaround. Using Tasker and KWGT, you can re-create a convincing approximation of Spotify's lost widget.

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At A Glance widget on Pixel Launcher is adding reminders and Assistant tips

At A Glance widget on Pixel Launcher is adding reminders and Assistant tips

One of the nicer features of the Pixel Launcher is the smart At A Glance widget that shows the date and weather most times, then surfaces important and timely information when you need it. Currently, it's the place for calendar events, upcoming flights, and traffic conditions, but it's working on adding two more types of info.

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Google updates Gmail widget with modern Material Design

Google updates Gmail widget with modern Material Design

Widgets, once one of the most appealing features of Android and now all but abandoned. A few years ago, an update to a widget, especially one from a Google app, would be noticed immediately and we would get dozens of tips about it in the span of a few hours. Nowadays hardly anyone uses widgets to even notice or care. So you may forgive us for not seeing this major change in the Gmail widget, which occurred toward the end of last month.

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Latest Google beta update fixes At A Glance widget weather

Latest Google beta update fixes At A Glance widget weather

Over the weekend, an update to the Google app beta accidentally broke weather for the At A Glance Widget, affecting Pixel owners, some third-party launcher users, and anyone who manually added the widget since that became an option. Thankfully, an update (v9.0.4) which is rolling out today fixes the problem.

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