Do you ever wish for widgets?
I've spent a fair amount of time on Android devices, and the one thing that I continually miss are home screen widgets. The notification center is nice and all, but I really wish iOS implemented a more immediate way of getting information at a glance. The icon grid is certainly simple and streamlined as is, and who knows how continually-updating widgets would effect battery life, but I would like to have the option, at least. Besides, this would open up a whole new content avenue for developers, especially if they've already put in the legwork for the Android versions of their apps.
- 03-29-2012, 02:21 PM #2
- 03-29-2012, 03:09 PM #3
Nope. You really have to ask who knows how continually updating widgets would affect battery life? How about more things to bog down the ram & processor with?
To me this is about as useful as wanting a half inch larger screen with less pixels.
- 03-29-2012, 03:36 PM #4
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- 03-29-2012, 07:05 PM #10
- 03-29-2012, 08:30 PM #11
Yes, and widgets don't hurt battery life, that's a myth.
And people need to stop obsessing over battery life, if all you care about is having a phone that you only have to charge once a week you can buy a jitterbug, I'm always near a wall or a car charger, even when I'm not my 1 year, 8 month old iPhone 4 lasts all day all while running two homescreen widgets and being jailbroken.
It's about time Apple steps out of 2007.
- 03-30-2012, 07:14 AM #12
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- 03-30-2012, 08:16 AM #13
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- 03-31-2012, 01:26 AM #15
The only widgets I probably miss from my Droid X days was the calendar widget and social widget .I had the calendar set up to show the month and agenda view on one screen and the social widget take up another screen with FB and Twitter integrated.
- 03-31-2012, 01:43 AM #16
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- 04-02-2012, 01:25 PM #18
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I do agree, however, that the option to have some widgets would be cool, so long as I can turn them off to save battery. I guess Apple's version of widgets are the two we get with iOS 5 (stocks and weather, and those can be disabled).
The issue at hand, to me, is not whether widgets drain the battery - they just do, because they're running processes, fetching data over the network, and other functions, so by design, they will eat up battery. The issue is whether they belong on iOS.
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- 04-02-2012, 03:16 PM #19
- 04-02-2012, 04:19 PM #20
Rumors are just that - but if LTE is coming to the next iPhone (also only a rumor), then it's pretty clear they will need a larger battery...that's what they did with the new iPad. That also explains why Apple is pushing the nano-SIM card.
The point I was addressing above was separate from this discussion, which was the claim that widgets don't drain the battery. Anyone that doesn't believe that just has his/her head in the sand.
- 04-02-2012, 06:47 PM #21
They aren't yet available on iOS so how do you know? Android itself is supposedly a battery hog, why does anyone think Apple would make widgets that are battery hogs as well? And like Irish Rose said, everything drains the battery in one way or another, if all we cared about was battery life, what's the point of owning a smartphone?
I am running two widgets on my jailbroken phone and I haven't noticed any hit on the battery, I have them set to retrieve info every 15 minutes, and it only does so when I'm actually using the phone, it's such a tiny bit of info I don't see how it could even make a difference. Also these are widgets quickly written by some young hacker, I'm sure Apple could even do better, and of course they would be optional just like everything else Apple introduces as I pointed out above.
Bring on the widgets and other new features, I want my smartphone to continually get smarter, not dumber so that a few obsessive people only have to charge their phones once a week.
- 04-03-2012, 04:53 PM #22
Widgets would be a welcome feature. I love them on android based devices. The Additional strain on battery wouldn't even be noticeable enough for concern. Besides, the user sets up any widgets they would want on a home screen. The question is, does Apple want give its users that customizing ability???
- 04-09-2012, 11:37 PM #23
- 04-14-2012, 03:08 AM #24
I have had Android for a while and iOS. About the only widget I use with any regularity is the calendar one. Handy to have an at a glance without having to do anything but I am guessing that is possible if JB. I really should research more..
My iPhone already outlasts my Android battery by a considerable margin and there is always, and I mean always, an iPhone charger within like 20ft - much like the rat saying.
- 04-14-2012, 03:23 AM #25iPhone Nanite
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I would be open to them on Notification center but no where near my home screen. Personally I rather have launchpad (app draw) so I could have an empty home screen and scrollable dock that can hold maybe 10 Apps at the most. I seriously never go to an app icon, I launch nearly every app from spotlight most of the time.
Also with local and server notifications I pretty much get tons of at glance info and not sure what info you would need widgets for.
My Banks sends notification of every transaction, I can scroll through them in notification center and if I want more details tap go to the app from N.C. ESPN updates me on the scores, PayPal tells me who sent me in N.C. and how much. Basically N.C. is one big at glance info widget.
Last edited by dev84; 04-14-2012 at 03:25 AM.