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Widgets vs shortcuts - question from a non-techie

Discussion in 'Android General Discussions' started by lauriep, Nov 10, 2009.

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    Hi, all - I am coming from a Voyageur, but doing fine with my phone, enormously happy with it. But I do not understand a) what a widget is and b) what is the difference between a widget and a shortcut.

    Also, what is the very best weather app? That seems to be a popular app with lots of choices.
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    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
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    Exactly. The more widgets you put on your screen the more battery drain you'll get too. They are running apps.
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    Thanks! Now I get it. Posting this from my DROID!
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    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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    That makes perfect sense, and I do not need to look at my phone every 5 minutes. But I have been since yesterday...
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