For years, the only two widgets that showed up in my notification centre on the iPhone where the Weather and Stocks widget. Now that iOS 8 has gotten more “open”, features like installing third party keyboards and adding widgets are available to the user. Firstly, widgets show up in the Notification Centre under the Today section. To add a widget, you need to scroll down in the Today menu, click on Edit and add/remove widgets. It will only display a list of widgets for apps that you have on your phone. Below are the list of the iOS 8 widgets that we have tried —
If you have started to learn a new language, Duolingo would prove to be very useful. With less time in hand to practice daily, the app is handy. The widget lets you know your daily performance maybe with the intention to motivate you.
To know how much data one has consumed from my internet pack, you have to type *111# then option 5 then option 1. It is really irritating to use 3 steps in order to know such a simple thing. DataMan Next displays that in the Widget itself.
This is a must have for every Evernote user. It is neatly designed and lets the user open options like Camera, Lists, Photos to start a new note with their app. We recommend Evernote users to add this widget.
This app is has numerous widgets within itself. You have options like Calculator, Photo Frame (where you can add pictures), Calendar, Currency Converter, Memory and Disk, etc. Since, it has so many options, we recommend the user to enable only those that he/she needs.
This widget isn’t very useful. It only shows you a list of the recent files that you have transferred and lets you change file names. If you use Dropbox frequently to collaborate with others then it is worth installing this widget or else you can give it a miss.
Although, we expected it to be a quick way to get the meaning of words, it turned out to be different. Everyday, the widget displays a new word and the user can guess the meaning by selecting any of the 3 given options. A great way to learn new words.
Wunderlist is an app in which you can set to-do lists. What we liked about the widget is that it shows up to four tasks and you once completed, you can tick them off the widget itself rather than launching the app.
ESPN SportsCenter widget helps you keep a track for all your favourite games. The widget shows up to two live scores at a time but it refreshes really fast. It also shows a list of upcoming games.
Apple’s own weather app isn’t the best. Weather Underground lets takes in data from users and this crowd source data generates the weather in your area. The widget looks great and is good if you like keeping a tab on the weather when travelling.
So, here are the widgets that we have used so far. Not all of them are as good as expected but we are sure with future updates, app developers will definitely give widgets more importance. For Android users, it may be a thing of the past, but for iPhone users this is a joy.