App review- Beautiful Widgets

5 08 2010



Next app up for review is the freshly redone Beautiful Widgets. Beautiful Widgets is one of the highest rated weather widgets on the market, delivering a sense-ish widget to display weather, time, and date. The way the developer integrated this all in both a 4×2 and 4×1 widget is pretty seamless and really spruces up the look of your homescreen. This app has become one of my staples, always one of the first apps I download when I get a new phone.

Just recently the developer, levelupstudios, completely redesigned the app to streamline the options menus, making them much more user friendly, and using accuweather for its weather forecast over googles weather system. It seems that the weather updates more accurately, which I’m guessing is due to the weather service swith.

Beautiful Widgets has a variety of options that make it one of the killler android apps to purchase. The clock, date, and weather are all clickable, to send you to applications which you can set in the options. By default they’re set at alarm for the clock, google calendar for the date and the stock BW forecast for the weather. These are all configurable however, so if you want to set up these areas to being you to apps you’d prefer, it let’s you have that freedom. 

Beautiful Widgets also comes with toggle widgets for common options such as wifi, bluetooth, airplane mode and ringer options. These are simple yet elegant widgets that offer an attractive way to have these options readily available on your homescreen.

All in all, Beautiful Widgets is definitely a must have app for Android. Look for it on the android market for a small fee, but it’s worth it, and hell, what better app to get to support that paid app pledge?



2 08 2010

So there I was, downloading another app ( paid app pledge ftw), and I realized that I do this way too often. It all started for me on Android when I started to get deeper into the rooting scene, and seeing the time and dedication put into some of these free rooting apps. Apps that these people didn’t have to make to help out the community, nevermind not charging for it. Then there’s apps such as setCPU that, while there’s a nominal charge, provide a service the vast majority of root users are interested in. I mean if there was only one overclocking app, and that app was needed to overclock, then they could charge whatever thy wanted, and people would still have to pay.

Anyways, I’m getting past the point, supporting your devs not only supports them as developers, it supports the entire Android community. And without good devs and a thriving community, what good is an operating system?