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Nowadays everyone uses apps and widgets on his or her smartphone. But how are apps different than widgets? And why are they useful?

Widgets are small helpful applications that can be used anywhere on the user interface. This way it is possible to attach a calendar or the current weather to the home screen and gather all information at once everytime it is needed. This is possible without opening another program. Widgets don't work alone but need the appropriate user interface to which they can be attached. You can attach several widgets to the user interface. That is also where they differ from apps. 

Widgets and Apps

The term "app" comes from application, a small application program, for example for the smartphone. Usually apps have to be downloaded, if they are not pre-installed by the provider. They are available in free versions (usually light versions) or to-buy. Additional costs, however, can occur even with "free" ones. Since apps often necessitate quasi permanent internet connection, not having a flatrate can result in high connection costs. To download an app just go to the App Store (Apple) or to Google Play (Android).

Apps possess a user interface of their own, widgets are, however, integrated into the home screen user interface. While a widget is permanently running and visible at a glance, apps are programs that have to be started. Some apps come right with their own widgets, so you can attach them to the home screen. 

Widgets und Apps both share the characteristics of being very small programs that offer only a limited delineated function. In contrast to most PC programs they do not offer great complexity. Varying tasks are realized by using various apps or widgets, which can be freely combined. This makes it possible to compile the optimal system for one's own application in a flexible and inexpensive way.