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Widget vs App

Discussion in 'Android General Discussions' started by Audiophobe, Nov 13, 2009.

  1. Audiophobe
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    I feel like an idiot but:
    What's the difference between a Widget and an App?
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    I asked this same question and got these answers:

    "A widget is an app running on your screen... such as displaying the time and weather without having to click on anything

    A shortcut is simply a link to open whatever app/contact/bookmark/etc you want a quick link to" and

    "Widgets are great if you look at your phone a lot thruought the day.. but if you are out and about a lot and not able to charge so often, I would not run that many. An app like the FB widget which gets an update every 1/2 hour probably wont drain too much.. it's mostly sitting around waiting for that 1/2 hour, then gets updates. But any widget that can run continuously, or get updates every minute or so, will drain your battery faster. How much is really dependend on the app. A widget app that has lots of threads running and uses a lot of cpu might drain faster than an app that doesn't do much at all (the duh factor. ;). "
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    I think I have it.
    An app works when you call on it to work and a widget works continuosly.
    Thanks
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    That sounds about right!;)
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    Effective

    Widgets are especially effective for weather and stuff like that :)
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    Yep or future calendar appointments, etc... Similar to what a today screen had with the Blackberry although not so limited. Limited is NOT the Android OS>
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    Agreed. I wish I had more time to get my device just right.
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    Widget CPU utilization question

    Another newbie question!

    I have installed a number of widgets, but have only placed a few on them on the screen. I am assuming that that the rest do NOT actually start running (or use any CPU) until they are placed somewhere on a screen? (rather like an app does not use any CPU until it is started)

    Is this correct - or should I delete all of my unused ones?
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    Aahh, I had the same question. Glad I searched first and found this thread. :)
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    ok...how do you delete a widget from the home page? i have looked through every menu, setting, etc. also read the on-line manual "cover" to "cover" and have found nothing that tells you how to get the d... things off....

    r3
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    Long press solves all problems :p
    Tap and hold the widget until you can move it then drag it to the drawer at the bottom.

    Happy droiding!
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    ok, i did it and see the trash can at the bottom....i also found out that verizon doesn't want you to remove certain ones...like the market one....r3 :mad:
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    never mind....i remember now...long hold...r3
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