Last week’s article included the applications for my Droid and other Android mobile devices that I found most useful. I mentioned widgets in that article and that they would be covered at a later time, that time has come. Depending on how familiar you are with Android smartphones, you may or may not know about Widgets. Android’s Widgets are live running apps that provide convenient functionality or information that save the user the time of opening the application; you need to have downloaded and installed the app from the Android Market to use the Widget.
Astrid Tasks is a handy little app that syncs with your Gmail Tasks. I set Astrid to sync (check for updates) once an hour, the more often it syncs, the faster the battery will drain. The widget allows me to view my Gmail tasks without having to open the app, all the tasks (and notes if selected) will show on the to-do list.
Data Usage – I have Verizon, but I’m sure there is a similar app available to AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint users as well. The data usage widget provided from My Verizon Mobile, and allows me to see the current data usage. My plan is unlimited, so this widget is not necessary for me, but users that have restricted data plans may find this as a helpful way to monitor just how much bandwidth they have left for the month.