Android Widgets – How to Get Them Developed

A widget is popular as standalone application; an onscreen device for performing a variety of operations. The feature was first introduced in Android 1.5 and since then it has been encouraging developers to work on exciting Android widget development projects. Google provides numerous tools and tips to Android widget devs who want to work on widgets for apps, games and websites. The best use of a widget is that it provides easy accessibility to users; they need not to launch any application for a task.

Widgets are the first love of smartphone users because they do not only turn the screen very attractive but also make an operation executed on a single tap. Businesses are getting widgets developed and increasing the chances of users to access their application or website.

Android provides the best of the supports for widget development. This feature sets the OS apart from others like iPhone, BlackBerry and Symbian. Though, developers should have a clear idea what the widget is all about so that they can deliver to users what they are looking for.

-The first thing developers should keep in mind is that they need to build a straightforward widget providing quick and easy access to information.

-The theme of the widget should be customized and designed in way that can leave strong impression on users and persuade them to use it again and again.

-A widget with above mentioned features cements its place in the minds of users.

Android widget development may be aimed at particular device such as for HTC smartphone, Samsung Smartphone, Motorola smartphone and so on.

When it comes to widget development for Android, the developers should have hands-on experience with several versions of the OS. A widget should support all Android operating systems including Android 1.5 (Cupcake), 1.6 (Donut), 2.1 (Éclair), 2.2 (Froyo), 2.3 (Gingerbread), 3.0 (Honeycomb) and 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).

A widget should also be cool to easily capture the imagination of users and to add value to the app as well.

You should hire an Android widget developer who has excellent aesthetic sense coupled with outstanding technical skills.

You can also ask the developer about its previous Android widget development projects and check their popularity among users.

Android OS provides following features for developing widgets:

1. Handset layouts
2. Connectivity
3. Storage
4. Messaging
5. Language support
6. Browser Support
7. Java support
8. Media Support
9. Streaming media support
10. Additional hardware support
11. Multi-touch
12. Bluetooth
13. Video calling
14. Multitasking
15. Voice based features
16. Tethering
17. External storage
18. Screen capture