1. Yuuseki's Avatar

    I would like to know in more detail how the Popup Widget app works, hope somebody can help me out.

    If I create shortcuts to widgets with Popup Widget, how is the widget implemented/displayed? My main concern is the battery life. If I run a widget on one of my home screens, say a mail widget which sends requests to the server every 15 minutes, the widget is running constantly which results in higher battery drain.

    If I create a shortcut to the same mail widget with Popup Widget, is the widget running in the background constantly as well, or does it get "triggered" when I tap the shortcut? It's nice to have a bunch of shortcuts for various widgets, but I don't want them to drain my battery constantly, I use most of them only 1-2 times a day.

    To sum my question up:
    When does a widget get placed/triggered via Popup Widget?
    a) when I create the shortcut or
    b) when I tap the shortcut?
    01-11-2016 09:54 AM
  2. N4Newbie's Avatar
    Well, I'm not sure that this app doesn't defeat the primary purpose of widgets which is to allow you to see at a glance what the current weather is, how many new emails are in your inbox, etc., but the developer clearly states in his slideshow, "Less memory use" and "Low battery consumption."

    I imagine the widgets are in a "suspended state" until you trigger them by tapping the Popup icon.
    01-11-2016 10:52 AM
  3. Yuuseki's Avatar
    I mailed the developer and got the following response:


    Popup widget creates the widget instance only when you pop it up (tap the shortcut).
    And it is destroyed when you close it.
    I think it would be helpful to resolve the battery issue.

    Best regards
    So it's answer b):
    The widget is being created when I tap the shortcut and destroyed when I close it.
    01-12-2016 02:43 AM

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