There have been a few different feature-requests for widgets on Android, and it's something we've been thinking about a lot recently. The next version of the Android app will include a small reputation tracker widget, more info about that below, but before we get started on the more difficult widgets I wanted to get some extra feedback.
We've tossed around the ideas of three different widgets:
- Single-site reputation tracking.
- Inbox and Achievements, similar to the GMail inbox widget.
- A small "Hot Network Questions" widget replicating the right side of this page right now, with one question at a time.
The first one of these is done. When you place a widget on your device it has you select a Stack Exchange community to track, then looks like this:
Currently this widget updates every 30 minutes, we're also considering making it real-time but it's a bit difficult to do that without destroying your battery. Would real-time updating make it more useful?
Regarding the other widgets: Would you actually use them? It seems like the questions regarding widgets have very low vote counts so it doesn't a lot of sense to dedicate time to them if people aren't excited about them. Preferably we'd only add one other widget in the near future, but we might add both other ones if people are interested in them.