Would you like to learn how to create your own Android Widget?
We have made a research on the internet and have selected the best Android Widget Tutorials which will teach you how to develop an Android widget in a detailed way. Each article provides you with different approaches to this topic, we tried to specify what those articles talk about to save you time on the extensive reading.
Tutorial #1 – Widget Design Guidelines / App Widgets
We consider these two articles from Google as the starting point for every developer who is interested in developing Android Widgets.
Widget Design Guidelines will describe how to design a widget so it fits graphically with other widgets and with the other elements of the Android Home screen. It also describes some standards for widget artwork and some widget graphics tips and tricks from the Android team.
App Widgets describes in a deep way how to setup both ‘
AppWidgetProviderInfo object’ and
'AppWidgetProvider class implementation’ componets.
Tutorial #2 – Mastering Android Widget Developement
In these articles you will learn how to create a sample application to show a countdown to a given date in seconds, but other things that are not required for this specific example applications will be explained as well. This tutorial is one of the most extensive ones because it’s divided into four different articles and it tries to incorporate lots of information about this topic. This is a very complete article, we strongly recommend you read this tutorial.
Tutorial #3 – Android Widgets by Lars Vogel
The following assumes that you will already have a basic knowledge in Android development. This article describes how to create widgets for Android. It is based on Eclipse 3.6, Java 1.6 and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).
Tutorial #4 – Creating a Home Screen App Widget on Android
This article will make focus on the 3 following steps:
- Create a RemoteView, which provides the user interface for the App Widget.
- Tie the RemoteView to an Activity that implements the AppWidgetProvider interface.
- Provide key App Widget configuration information in the Android manifest file.