Given the market situation at the moment it seems that the Android OS and the iOS will be the major mobile operating systems of the future. Microsoft has been one company that has been trying to push their smartphone OS, but even though their newer version of their OS recieved some respectable reviews it seems they entered the market just a little to late. Those out there that like the look of the Windows 7 OS can now get a similar look for their Android devices with the 7 Widgets Home app. Lets have a closer look.
Functions & Design
7 Widgets Home is an Android widget with a size of 4 × 4. It consists of six squares which have the Windows Mobile 7-style. Each square has its own symbol determining its function, for instance one has a phone, people (contacts), Email, maps and explorer. There is also a little arrow in the upper right hand corner which directs the user to an extended menu.
Each of the six squares can be linked to an app which is completely up to the user of course. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to decide to link an appropriate app with the appropriate square, for instance, link an Email app with the square with the Email symbol! You can assign apps to these squares anytime through the extended menu.
There are a few things that need to be worked on however, like the squares in the widget. Being able to change the image or add some text to the squares would be great but at the moment they are set in stone. Also in the free version there are alot of advertisements and many users have complained about it. Banners are fine but they shouldn’t take away from the experience, sadly the free version feels very jerky because every few minutes you have to stop for a full screen advertisement, when using the extended menu.
7 Widgets Home is an attempt to bring over some of the new cool feature from Windows Mobile 7 to Android. Now what this app provides is fairly limited obviously but if you like the Windows 7 style homescreen then you will like this widget. While there is a paid version of this application which gets rid of the advertisements and gives the user the ability to change the widgets colour, the advertisements in the free version seem a little excessive and become quickly annoying. But really it just comes down to taste if you like the look give the paid version a try. We tested version 1.1 of 7 Widgets Home.
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