Top widgets for the Nexus 7

Top widgets for the Nexus 7

Summary: Android means widgets, and the large, high-res display of the Nexus 7 is tailor-made for them. These are some good widgets to put on your Nexus 7 home screens. Widgets are great on the Nexus 7 due to the Jelly Bean version of Android, which allows resizing any widget to fit the way you prefer.


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  • Beautiful Widgets

    Beautiful Widgets handles screen rotation beautifully, as demonstrated in this landscape screen. 

    Note that home screen rotation was possible due to the Ultimate Rotation app.

  • Fancy Widgets

    Another clock/weather widget is Fancy Widgets. While not as many skins are available as in Beautiful Widgets, this one is quite good for customizing the appearance of the Nexus 7 home screen.

  • Flipboard

    Many Android apps install widgets for use on the home screen, and the Flipboard widget is a great way to keep up with what is important to you.

    It can be set to automatically refresh at a specified interval or set to manual refresh by tapping the icon on the widget.

Topics: Tablets, Android, Google, Mobility

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  • Trouble is the widgets are too big

    My own opinion of course is that the Widgets are too big for the small screen. I would rather keep a lot of apps on my home screen then take up space with a Widget. I realize you can have more then one screen set but for me I don't care to use Widgets when I can launch a app that provides more information almost as quickly.
    • Many widgets on one screen

      ... is the whole point. Then you know which apps to open for more info!
      • Let's see ...

        I have a clock on my PC and my desk phone. There's a clock on my toaster oven, my microwave, my over and my coffee machine. There's a clock on my cable box and my Blu-Ray player. There's a clock on my phone. And if I owned this thing, I'd have a clock in the upper right corner of the screen. Who the hell need another goddamn clock?
  • Can Nexus7 act as USB host?

    James, the Samsung Galaxy Note and SIII can act as USB hosts and one can plug in a micro USB/USB OTG cable to these devices and thus access additional content (off of the flashdrive, cardreader, etc attached to the micro USB/USB cable). Considering the 8GB/16GB limitation of the Nexus7, if it can act as a USB host, this is a solution to the storage limitations of the Nexus7. I am able to access at least 16GB of additional content off of my microUSB/USB OTG cable. Very small footprint and ou can access content directly or download content to the devices free of desktop or laptop. Just a thought.


      I use Nexus Media Importer. I connect my otg cable to my 32GB Nexus 7 and to my 64GB flash drive. If that's not enough memory for me, I exchange the 64 for a 32 I also use. That's approximately 120 usable memory space. On a device I can put in my pocket.
      YES THE NEXUS 7 CAN BE USED AS A USB HOST. Hope this helps.
      Great blogs Mr. Kendrick, sir! Please keep up the good work. Cheers
      Danny Cannon
  • Is it just me?

    Or did anybody else think; yawn - these widgets are about as interesting as the Vista sidebar!
  • Google Gobbles Like a Turkey

    My brand new nexus 7 died on the fifth day I had it.
    My refund is en route.

    Google is like Microsoft - dumping product on the market before it is ready.
    • You're complaining

      Because of good customer service?
      big red one
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    Why make a list of the best N7 widgets but have most of them the same thing? Just pick the best out of the category and move on. Horrible article.
  • rotation unlocked right out of the box

    I've had mine just over a week. Never had to worry with rotational issues. I notice some items mentioned in your earlier posts have already been fixed by Nexus, thankfully. Still helpful to us new to the android/Google market.

    I'm a recent convert from iOS and I love the android system. My nexus 7 is so much more open and usable than my iPhone 5 or my family's iPod collections. I use my iPhone for cellphone calls (novel idea, eh?) And to tether WiFi for my tablet. I ordered my wife a nexus 7 two days ago. She loves your articles and is excited to setup her new toy.
    Please keep up the great writing.
    Danny Cannon