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Snap Creates A Widget Drawer Accessible From Any Screen

December 1, 2015 - Written By Diego Macias

One of the main advantages of the Android operating system is the support for widgets. These items provide more information than just a plain icon and sometimes they offer some interactive features without even having to open an app. Widgets are located on the home screens and they can be moved around or resized to end up with an aesthetically pleasing home page. Using widgets often saves time and it creates a sensation of multitasking within the home screens. That multitasking experience can be extended to any screen with an app called Snap.

Snap allows you to access your favorite widgets even within an opened app, as the widget drawer can be accessed by pulling down from the top, just like the notification drawer. The widgets in that area will offer the same interactions as the ones on the home screens. Once the app is installed, there’s a tour to walk you through the settings. The app follows Android’s Material Design guidelines, as it features vibrant colors and floating icons. The configuration process is quite simple, just tap the yellow floating icon on the bottom right corner to add widgets, choose the one that you want to have more accessible, and the app makes you choose its size by columns and rows. You can add up to 3 widgets in the free version or you can upgrade to remove that limit for $2. When you see the list of widgets you have chosen, you may tap on each of them to resize them or swipe them to either side in order to remove them. The ones that support scrolling, such as email accounts, can be navigated using two fingers.

In addition to having an easier access to some widgets, you can make your wallpaper more visible by removing them from the home screen and adding them to the widget drawer. From the Preferences menu, you can choose a specific area of the notification bar to activate the widget drawer so Snap doesn’t interfere with the notifications drawer, you could choose between left, center or right. You may also use the widget drawer from the lock screen and reduce animations to improve the performance of some devices.