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Android™ Development Patterns: Best Practices for Professional Developers by Phil Dutson

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7. App Widgets

Part of the charm of using the Android platform is the ability to customize your experience. This can be done by moving and adjusting applications as well as adding widgets to your home and lock screens. Widgets were originally introduced in Android 1.5 (Cupcake) and have been a hit ever since. As newer versions of Android have been released, improvements have been made to how widgets (also known as app widgets) are placed, formatted, and displayed. In this chapter, you learn how app widgets are created.

A simple way to classify app widgets is as useful extensions of a full application. That is not to say that they must come bundled with a full application, but by doing so you can offer a fully functional detailed application along ...

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