What is the difference between a widget and a app?

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    Help a n00b out here, what exactly is a widget? Is it the same as an app? Im kind of confused :blink:
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    Hey

    A widgets streams live content direct on ur phones hpomescreen...like a weather app.
    An app ist just a program ...could be also one that dont needs internet!

    So every widget is an app, but not every app is a widget ;)

    Hope that was correct and helps out!
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    To put it simply, a widget is a small application running on your screen, such as weather, twitter, facebook, etc. It is always running.

    A application, which is not a widget, requires you to click on the application's icon to open and run it. You then close it when finished.

    :icon_ lala:

    Edit: Ninja'd while typing.
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    OK that kind of makes sence. Im coming from a BB Storm2 and I had WB icon on my home screen at all times but it never showed as "running" in the app screen. Facebook was the same way.
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    Well, wif the STORM i think its kinda different. i wouldnt see those WB and FB apps as widgets, theyre programs that just update the homescreen-icon... but thets theory or just philosophy to argue on that ;)

    BTW: PWND 'n Ninja'd SoCal65
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    So are these widgets something you want to close or shut off to preserve battery life?
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    ALSO NOTE: Widgets need to "re-draw" and redownload information every time you hit the home button so its like running that many programs to go home.

    If you start to feel the phone slow down I would rid your home screens of some widgets.
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    Every app/widget will use differing amounts of Droid Juice ©™ .

    So just try different things and see - you have the freedom to customize your device anyway you want - to do what works for you.


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    i love widgets. this phone is amazing. i had an iphone and swapped to this one and i am loving it more an more each day. best decision i could have ever made
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    People assume that Widgets are a strict progression of cause to effect, but *actually* from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint - it's more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly... time-y wimey... stuff.
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