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HD Widgets for Android offer great weather widgets

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Here in Michigan it is an unseasonably warm 72 degrees Fahrenheit currently, as you can see in the screenshot above. That’s at least 30 degrees warmer than the average for the middle of March. For that reason my wife and I found ourselves with our niece on our bikes for the first time this year. Since I was planning on writing an article today, I decided to bring my tablet along and write in the park. In honor of the beautiful weather, I am writing about my favorite weather widget, HD Widgets. Hit the break to find out more.

As I’m sure you are all aware, finding good Android tablet widgets can be difficult. Most of the time they are made for smartphones and just don’t scale properly. Other times they are simply not optimized for the much bigger real estate a tablet screen offers. For example, I tried installing an email widget and on the widget it only showed the most recent email I received, regardless of how big I actually made the widget. Thankfully the actual Gmail widget shows more than one message, and it’s scrollable.

HD Widgets has widgets that are optimized for both 7-inch and 10-inch tablets. I have a full screen weather and clock widget and it looks beautiful on my screen. There are no blank spaces around the edge, and it is not in the least bit pixelated. I wish I could say that about all the widgets I try to use. One of my favorite features is the way it displays the current weather very large in the center of the widget. When I’m in a windowless room for work it’s nice to know that when I leave work I’m going to be dry on my way to the car, or if I have to grab my umbrella.

The widgets also act as shortcuts to more information. If you tap the clock, it will take you to an alarm clock app. If you tap the weather area, it will open up to a more detailed weather screen, powered by WeatherBug or Accuweather. Tapping the date will open up your calendar app. There are many different sizes to choose from, from small 1×1 to 8×1 or a lot of sizes in between. The largest widget is 4×7, but if you have a launcher that allows you to change the size of your widgets, you can make it as big as you want.

HD Widgets has lots of included themes and customization options. The choices are almost anything you would want in a weather widget. From background color and transparency to the actual style of the clock. Also included are widgets for you to control your radio options like WiFi and Bluetooth. If you are looking for that great weather and clock widget, give HD Widgets a try. It costs $1.99 in the Google Play store, and has been worth every penny.

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Bryan Faulkner

Bryan Faulkner is a former associate editor at Pocketables. He loves to find new ways to use his tablets while working as the Tech Director at his local church. Mixing sound from the iPad is his newest obsession. He currently has a pair of HP TouchPads, an iPad 2, a decommissioned HTC EVO 4G, and a Samsung Galaxy Note II to tinker with.

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