I eagerly pushed the new Beautiful Widgets update Tuesday morning, but wanted to spend a day with it before reporting on it or before giving my thoughts. I was ready to write something immediately, but I had a few issues with the update and it was such a stark change from the prior version that it deserved a day's testing. This is my rundown of the good, the bad, and the ugly with this vast new update.
I was then quickly frustrated to have to reconfigure the application, restoring Fahrenheit, the 12 hour clock, animations, refresh time, etc. I again thought this should be Beautiful Widgets 2, and I would have no problem starting from scratch. Once I updated my settings and found the right themes, I was finally able to start running the application through it's courses.
Finally I found myself waiting for my widget to update. I had a message stating "On Migration" constantly which became a great source of frustration. After going to their support forums, I found that if I cleared data on Beautiful Widgets, that it would go away. The application attempts to migrate themes from the old version to the new apparently and it fails for some users. It failed for me, but after I cleared the data and started completely from scratch, that message went away. Of course, going back to square one after my first frustrating bout was minor injury added to insult.
Once I was able to get the widget set up to my liking, the widget has worked well. I still get that new 1.0 feeling instead of a 5.0 feeling running and using Beautiful Widgets. I feel there have been enough enhancements for me to return it to my home screen for now. Perhaps that's just the novelty of the new version. I'm confident LevelUp Studios will listen to our concerns and squash these bugs quickly. It's still one of the most popular applications across the entire Android platform.
What are your thoughts about the update? Did you have a frustrating experience like I did, or has the update run flawlessly for you? Do you feel this was a necessary upgrade or should they have worked harder to preserve their existing interfaces? I can take the bad with the good, but would like to hear what you think. Judging from recent reviews and their support forums, there is a very vocal group of unsatisfied users. The overall experience has already improved considerably since the initial release earlier in the week thanks to several updates. I think they're baking something pretty darn good.
About The AuthorMike Lewis
Mike was instantly drawn to Android with the release of the G1 and HTC Magic which became his first phone. Drawn by the allure of open source and community, he quickly learned about rooting his device and applications to improve its performance Since then he has only owned Nexus devices for their ease of root level access and the ability to run the latest versions of Android via ROM or stock. He has owned a Nexus One, a Nexus S 4G, a Nook Color, and a Nexus 7.
He started writing for Android in 2011 at Android Activist and started writing for Rootzwiki News in April 2012. He was married in October, 2012 and lives in Richmond, Virginia.