A good Android widget can make your home screen attractive, effective, and extra-useful as a starting point for all your mobile productivity needs. (The same applies for your mobile procrastination needs, too, of course — not that you would ever use your phone for such silly purposes…)

Google's "At a Glance" widget, introduced with the Pixel 2, is a good Android widget. It shows you the current date and weather in a simple, compact, and visually appealing form. It even expands to show contextual info, like countdowns to upcoming calendar events, when appropriate. And it serves as a single-tap shortcut to both your calendar and full forecast app, so you can get to either place quickly without having to devote extra screen space to standard shortcut icons.

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