In Pictures: 15 Android widgets to make your smartphone and tablet better

If you're not using widgets, you're simply not realizing the true value of your Android smartphone or tablet. CIO.com's Al Sacco shares a collection of his favorite widgets, all free and all very much worth a download.

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Must-Have Android Widgets One of the best things about the Android OS is its support for widgets, or live application windows that sit on your Android device's home screen. They both display information and give you access to features so you don't have to open their associated apps. Apple added widget functionality to its Notification Center Today screen in iOS 8, and BlackBerry 10 has Active Frames that update, but these options are second-rate compared to Android widgets.

Every Android app doesn’t have a widget, and some offer widgets that don't work well -- I call those "weak widgets." The following Android widgets deserve space on your home screen.

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