When iOS 8 came about, very few things were as exciting as the fact that widgets had finally come aboard. Even though you can only place them in the notifications bar, as the time has gone by, I have personally grown on to use the widgets a lot more and found them to be extremely handly for quickly glancing through the information. While widgets are still fairly limited and Apple is kind of figuring out what sort of widgets should be allowed to exist or not by intermittently banning fair few of them recently, there is a decent enough collection out there from which a few are an absolutely must have. So, if you have not got any widgets on your device, here are the five, which we feel will add to your productivity:
Foursquare had been synonymous with people checking in at places where they went in order to keep those interested informed. However, since Foursquare decided to split review and check-in two different apps, namely Foursquare and Swarm, most of the interest has shifted to Swarm. Swarm is a fairly easy application to use where you simply let the app pick your location and check into it. You also get the dashboard to look at what your friends are up to. All of this can be done simply by the Swarm Widget. The widget needs to be activated when you install the application on your iPhone. The widget is extremely simple to use, and you simply have to press the check-in button to action it. You also get a quick look at the friends who are nearby the location.
While Android does a great job of telling you how much data you have consumed in a month, iPhone really struggles with this. My Data is a widget that basically tells you how much data you have consumed over a period of time. You can set up your monthly data usage and the application will warn you when you cross it. As a bonus, the widget also tells you how much data you have consumed on WiFi as well as the percentage of data that you have remaining in the monthly period from your set restricted FUP.
Simply put Yahoo Weather is the best looking weather application for an iPhone. It picks up the location and shows you a picture corresponding to the place with the maximum and minimum expected temperature in your dropdown. The best thing about the widget is that you can restrict it from updating in the background therefore saving the precious battery of your device. The widget would only be updated when you pull down the notification center.
If you used Windows XP, you must have played Minesweeper. It is one of the best games to help you pass time and one where you always have something new every time you play. Given the sheer simplicity of the game, it has been ported to a widget on iOS. Once you pull down the Notification Center, the game lives right there for you to start playing. You can setup the grid size as well as the difficulty level from the settings here.
The Evernote widget comes with the Evernote application and is fantastic, for you to quickly take down notes. Not just a pure text note, you can also use the widget to quickly add in pictures from the gallery or camera as well as create lists in the notebook of your choice. Your most recent notes created will be visible in the widget too. Using the share menu of iOS 8 too, you can add pictures or any other content to your Evernote account.
We hope these five widgets will help you make most out of iOS 8. Which of the above widget is your favorite? Let us know.