Android widgets are dying, and Google is their Grim Reaper


Google’s Slices are a promising substitute for widgets but still very much a rarity

Android aficionados used to have home pages upon pages of functional widgets for just about everything. Scrollable full-screen one for Google News of yesteryear, another for tasks and to-do check-marking, a full weather list for the next week, you name it – everything within a simple glance without having to open the app at all. Or, so was the promise of widgets – to make you taller, richer and smarter, as P.J. O’Rourke once said. 

Now, …

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