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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by JohnB47, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. JohnB47

    JohnB47 Well-Known Member
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    Just as the title says - what's the difference? Thanks.

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  2. Szadzik

    Szadzik Extreme Android User

    An app needs to be opened to use it. Widget can be placed on the homescreen.

    There are apps that also incorporate a widget. All widgets are apps. Not all apps have widgets.
  3. JohnB47

    JohnB47 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Thanks. Just discovered lots of widgets on my tab. Must have a play. Presumably they only become operative once you put them on the home screen?
  4. Shave

    Shave Member

    Indeed they do I think. Take the Assistive Light or a Torch App for example. In the App for it you'd hit a button to turn on the light. However if it has a Widget and you put the widget On your home screen then hit it, you'll bypass the opening the app part and it'll turn the light straight on. Then hit it again to turn it off. Very handy. Once you've experimented, you'll wonder by without how you ever got them.
  5. Benjie

    Benjie Android Enthusiast

    Something akin to instant gratification.
  6. 13ilgal

    13ilgal Well-Known Member

    My favorite widget is the one for my email. I can keep an eye on work without having to switch windows on my PC, log in, etc.

    I also have two home screens dedicated to the calendar widget - one for month view, and one for the day view, set to the current date. Instant gratification is right!

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