View Full Version : What's the difference in Widgets and Apps?

03-31-2011, 08:51 AM
Please forgive me if this has been asked before. I'm a total Droid noob and am just wondering what the difference is in the two. Thanks.

03-31-2011, 08:56 AM
A widget is something that goes on the homescreen. Example, facebook widget shows the latest updates on your homescreen, without opening the app. Weather, news, power widgets for the phone, custom text, etc....

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03-31-2011, 09:04 AM
In addition to what noXcuse said....not all apps will have widgets and some widgets don't have apps...to add a widget, you have to long press on your home screen and select widget from the popup box and then select the widget from the list of available. You can generally customize the widget (not always) before adding to your homescreen. An app is accessible thru the app drawer, homescreen if you have placed the icon for it there or thru the market once downloaded...

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03-31-2011, 09:12 AM
Also - many widgets run in the background and may make use of data, GPS. etc and can cause your battery to deplete more quickly. A few examples would include Facebook, Sports Center, Weather Widgets, or widgets that constantly require your location to be updated like Latitude. Apps will generally run only when opened whereas widgets can continue to use resources as long as the phone is on.