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SmartWidget keeps your most-used HTC EVO apps at your fingertips, even after a reboot

What apps upon yonder VaelPak wallpaper float? I like the recently-used applications long press that is provided by Android on my HTC EVO 4G. It's neat, but it's missing a few things that an app called SmartWidget brings to the table.

I reboot my phone a lot—significantly more than most people, I assume. I have my reasons, none of which involve a tinfoil hat: usually I'm flashing a kernel, doing a ROM or radio update, trying to fix my mail client when it stops working with my Exchange Server, or just tinkering around with something new. This means I'm presented with a freshly booted OS quite often, which results in my recently used programs no longer being listed by long pressing the home key.

Often this also means I'm stuck scrolling through my overly large applications list trying to remember what the name of that application I've been playing with all day was called even though I probably ran it 20 times. Have you ever had so many applications that you realized you're only playing games alphabetically below D? I did.

SmartWidget in the marketplace SmartWidget survives through a boot, lists your most-used apps, and has the ability to not bother displaying any apps you may already have on your homescreen.

It's a little short on features at the moment but it's pretty new, so there's a lot of room, and time, for improvement.

It takes running a few applications before it knows what you use, so there is a learning curve for it, but it will keep up with what you use most.

You can keep up with the development thread over on XDA and download the current product in the Market.

Links: Market (EVO) | Market (web)

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Paul E King

Paul King started with GoodAndEVO in 2011, which merged with Pocketables, and as of 2018 he's evidently the owner. He lives in Nashville, works at a film production company, is married with two kids. Facebook | Twitter | Donate | More posts by Paul | Subscribe to Paul's posts

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