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Widgets on Android aren't done right

by bluecoyote    Sep 21, 2012, 9:41 PM

Like Copy + Paste, Widgets feel like something Android still doesn't do right.

First, the lag-
There's often a noticeable 1-2 second (sometimes turning into a 5 second on start-up) pause before a widget refreshes if it isn't on your primary home screen, which on iOS is enough time to launch the app, see the info, and quit the application to go back to what you were doing.

Usually upon reboot, I have to swipe across all of my home screens to get each widget to 'load.'

Then, the drain-
On several occasions I've had widgets turn into complete battery drains, constantly calling on things like location services. Because Android's power meter isn't exactly transparent, you usually have to re-boot the phone or re-install each widget.

Aside from weather, calendar, and some quick settings (all helpful), I have yet to see any widgets even worth the trouble.

It is a shame iOS 6 hasn't expanded upon the notification shade, as I'm fond of it. They're done right, but not enough.

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