The most important feature of the Android OS is the widget, a lightweight component that allows us to use the core features of apps without opening the app. Widgets save our time. Below, we have shared two good examples that prove the same.
If you install VLC or any another video player, you can control video playback with the VLC widget. If you install a powerful navigation app, you can get the direction to the destination without opening the application.
Most apps published on the Google Play Store add one or more widgets to your smartphone. To access the widgets available on your phone, long press the phone’s screen and tap the widget options.
Android phones and tablets come pre-installed with a clock widget. Frankly speaking, the widget isn’t attractive and it doesn’t support customization. If you change the wallpaper of the home screen, the clock’s background color or font may not match with the wallpaper. To make sure that the default clock widget doesn’t make your home screen look ugly, you should install the following apps on your Android mobile device.
Best Android clock widget
Clock Widget Xperia
The CWX app enables users to change the size of the widget. It lets you specify the default time format. You can configure it to hide/show date, battery charge level, alarm time and weather information.
The app provides an option to set a background color and enable text shadow effect for clock. If you don’t want to set a color for the clock’s background, you can make it transparent. The app lets users change the clock’s font and theme color. It also enables users to change color and the the size of the time/date inside the widget.
CWX lets users back up the widget settings. It allows you to configure the tap actions. It lets you preview the customizations in real-time.Download CW Experia
DCW adds two clock widgets to your phone. The 1st widget displays the number of unread emails in your Gmail inbox, weather information, and alarm ringing time. You can change the order of the three modules or remove them. The 2nd widget allows you to access the app’s settings interface.
The widget can display the upcoming event you’ve set in the default calendar app on your phone. It can also show the number of missed calls and unread SMS on your Android device.
DCW allows you to make the widget’s background invisible. It has an option to set a background and foreground color for the widget. You can configure it to open your favorite app when you tap the current time.Download DCW
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Digi Clock Widget
The app provides clock widgets of 5 sizes. Hence, you can use it on phones and tablets. The widget allows you to set a color for the date and time texts. It supports 12/24 hours time format and has the option to set a locale.
The clock widget allows you to use the photos saved on the storage memory or Google Photos image hosting service as the clock’s background. It lets you make the text look bolder or stylish by enabling text-shadow effect or by changing fonts. Digi CW packs 38+ stylish fonts. It supports mobile devices running on Android 3.0+ OS.Download Digi CW
Minimalistic Clock Widget
The MCW app provides 20 attractive widgets, which you can customize with ease. You can set this widget as a shortcut to your favorite Android app.
Apart from time and date, the Clock Widget can display the weather details of your place. To use this feature, you must allow the app to access your location. The data in the widget is updated only when the display is on. This feature is great because your phone’s battery backup won’t be affected when the MCW app is running in the background.Download MCW
Round Clock Widget
If you don’t like the rectangular or square shaped clocks, then this app is for you. RCW is the largest app on our list (2MB APK). It ships with 23 color themes and offers 12 cool fonts for the clock widget.
The widget allows users to disable the second’s animation and the home screen icon of the alarm clock. The application supports localization and it provides 2 animations for the clock’s second hand.Download RCW
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BobClockD3 is one of the most stylish clock apps on our list. In BCD3, the hour text overlaps the minute’s text of the clock. Despite the overlapping, you can distinguish between the two values.
The widget lets you change the date and time format. It supports color customization and has the option to convert the text of the date to lowercase or uppercase. The app uses the locale the Android OS has set for your phone to calculate date/time.
BCD3 is an open source application. Hence, if you know Android programming, you can change the design or add new features to it.Download BobClockD3
Simple Analog Clock
SAC is the best analog clock widget for Android mobile devices. It allows you to disable or enable the clock’s second hand. It supports three widget sizes – 3 x 3, 1 x 1, 2 x 2. You can set the action the widget should trigger when you tap on it. Although the widget displays animation, it has a minimal impact on the battery backup of the phone.Download SAC
Conclusion: The above apps/widgets are powerful and they’re easy to configure. They are great alternatives to the default clock widget on your mobile phone.