Widgets are a powerful tool for the Android platform. And for those who live and die by their calendars, having a widget for instant access could make serious headway on the road to efficiency.
There are, of course, a number of widgets available. It seems with every new calendar app I try, they promise to deliver the single best widget on the market. Most fail. Event Flow Calendar Widget, on the other hand, succeeds. Although it isn't stuffed to the rim with features, Event Flow offers just the features you need with an interface that makes it not only useful, but elegant.
The slim feature set includes:
- Two widgets: Agenda view and Calendar view
- Weather info on Agenda view
- Customized appearance
- Select calendars to display
- Show your calendar colors
If you upgrade to the Premium version, which costs $0.99 (USD), you add the ability to configure:
- Text density
- Compact agenda view
- Separator between days
- Header color/background
- Weekday color
- Day background
- In progress color
If you're wondering why such a seemingly stripped down app would make a "best of" list, I would say the answer is in the details. What the developers of Event Flow have done is create a calendar widget that does everything it can to bring your calendar to your home screen, and it does so without getting in your way. The widget works in conjunction with the built-in Android calendar, so there's no need to work with a third-party. You simply install the widget, add the widget, and use the widget.
Install the widget
To install the widget, follow these steps:
- Open the Google Play store on the device
- Search for Event Flow
- Locate and tap the entry for Event Flow Calendar Widget by Synced Synapse
- Tap Install
- Read the permissions listing
- If you agree with the permissions listing, tap Accept
- Allow the installation to complete
At this point, the widget is installed. Now, let's add the widget to your home screen.
Adding the widget
The Event Flow Calendar Widget actually installs two different widgets on your device: Event Flow Calendar and Event Flow Agenda (Figure A).
The Event Flow Widget installation on an AT&T Moto X.
How you add these will vary, depending on which device you have. I'll demonstrate how to add the Event Flow Calendar Widget on a Verizon-branded HTC M8. You'll need an empty page to add this to (both widgets require at least a 3x3 space). Here's how:
- Long-press a spot on the home screen
- Tap Add apps and widgets
- Locate and tap the Event Flow Calendar (Figure B)
- Configure your widget as desired (Figure C)
- Tap the check mark at the top of the window to save
- Tap the home screen containing the widget
You should now see the Event Flow Calendar Widget added to your home screen ( Figure D).
The Event Flow Calendar Widget.
To resize the widget, do the following:
- Long-press the widget and release when the screen changes
- Grab one of the corner grab handles (probably the bottom right)
- Resize the widget as needed
- Tap the home screen to save the size
You are now ready to start using the Event Flow Calendar Widget.
Using the widget
Usage is simple — you tap a date on the widget, and that opens the built-in calendar. One of the only caveats to the Event Flow Calendar Widget is if you tap on a date, it will take you to the built-in calendar app view that you have set. So, if your built-in calendar view is set to Month view, and you tap any date on the Event Flow Calendar Widget, it will take you to that month. If it's set to Week, it will take you to the Week view that contains the date you tap. And if it's set to Day view, when you tap a date on the Event Flow Calendar Widget, it will take you to that exact date.
The Event Flow Agenda, which is added the same way as the Calendar, is also incredibly handy for users who live and die by an agenda. From the Agenda widget, if you tap an agenda item ( Figure E), you'll be taken to that specific item. (Note: You can't switch between Calendar and Agenda views from one of the widgets. To have both views, you must add both widgets to your device.)
The Event Flow Agenda widget.
If you're looking for one of the (if not the) best calendar/agenda widget for your Android device, Event Flow is what you need. It's an elegant, easy-to-use widget for displaying your calendar on a home screen.
Do you think widgets are the ideal means for interacting with your mobile calendar, or do you prefer opening the full-blown calendar, without the help of a middle man? To widget or not to widget? Weigh in.
Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website jackwallen.com.