August 18, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
I’d be a millionaire if I earned a dollar every time someone asked “How can I get Sense widgets without using HTC Sense?” The answer is that you can’t because those widgets require using the default HTC home screen, so they aren’t compatible with any other launcher. Then when I recommend that those people try LauncherPro, they complain that they prefer another home screen replacement and I say, “I’m out of ideas, buddy.”
Now I can add Android Pro Widgets as another option for finicky widget hunters. Available for free on Android 2.1 or higher, Android Pro Widgets offers widgets similar to HTC Sense and Launcher Pro without having to rely on either launcher. That effectively means you can load them on ADW, Go Launcher, or a launcher that supports scrolling widgets. Those devices will be able to use widgets for Agenda/Calendar, People, Bookmarks, Messaging, Facebook, Twitter, and a mixed timeline.
Android Pro Widgets offers a well-designed set of ways to customize your home screen. The app is free for using the basic package, but that doesn’t provide access to any of the special themes to change the app’s looks. Users will have to purchase a $1.99 key in order to use any of the five APW themes currently available.
At $1.99 for the ability to customize, an APW license key is a bargain. (LauncherPro Plus Unlocker costs $3.49 and is a great app that also supports themes, so I recommend trying that). With that said, the appeal of Pro Widgets is that using the basic app doesn’t require any money, and doesn’t lock someone into using one particular launcher. As long as a launcher supports scrolling, APW will be there to show the widgets that interest you.
App: Android Pro Widgets
Price: Free Lite, $1.99 Pro