HTC Claims “Widgets Aren’t Widely Used”
Whether on your home screen or lock screen, widgets can be great ways to access information at a glance and cut down on the number of apps you’re constantly jumping between. Of course, they’re only as useful as we take advantage of them, and according to HTC, not many of us are taking the time to explore widgets outside of a few obvious choices.
While preparing for the development of Sense 5, HTC researched user behavior to learn what it could benefit by changing. It learned that while lots of users have weather, music, or clock widgets configured to run on their phones, fewer than than 10% of other HTC users had anything else.
It also found that we’re just not very aware of widgets in the first place, with many users not thinking of them as any different from full-fledged apps, and we get awfully set in our ways – after the first month with a new phone, only 20% of users ever go back and really change-up their home screens.
HTC based the creation of Sense 5 and BlinkFeed around these findings, offering something that would hopefully be a little more dynamic than the typical user widget experience.
What do you think about HTC’s study? Are you a set-it-and-forget-it kind of user, or are you constantly tweaking your smartphone experience?