Guess who sort-of jumped on the freemium bandwagon? That’s right, Beautiful Widgets, the famous Android application that provides highly customizable weather widgets has just launched a free version. While the fully-featured sibling comes with tons of visual options and a wide range of themes, this version offers only some basic features free of charge, while more advanced features are available to the user as sort-of in-app purchases.
Speaking of features, the free Beautiful Widgets comes with the following functionalities:
- A dedicated screen that advertises animated weather information
- Location-specific forecasts, accurately provided by AccuWeather
- Downloadable themes (limited to 10)
- Clock, Weather and Toggle Wi-Fi widget
Developer LevelUp has rebranded the paid application as Beautiful Widgets Pro, but it has also opted to give users even more means of customizing their Android experience in the free version. Instead of purchasing the Pro package for little more than $3, those who want weather information served accurately and in style can manually choose individual features and apply them over the free version. Here’s what extra features users will be able to choose from:
- More weather information like hours, moon-phases and lifestyles
- A new weather provider : Weather Underground
- More customization for your widgets
- More kinds of widgets
- Dedicated widgets in HD for your tablet
- Unlimited downloads of themes
- Rich notification for weather
- A DayDream Screensaver (for 4.2+) with weather information
- More toggle widgets for Wifi, Bluetooth, Brightness, GPS (shortcut), Silent, Vibrate, Rotate and a Timed Silence!
- Access to Web Theme Market with cloud to device communication: browse themes from your computer and apply it directly to your phone along with a new wallpaper!
- Access to Web Theme Mixer: create your own customized themes from the elements of the others themes (http://market.beautiful-widgets.com/skinmixer/explanations)
Paying for more options will not be done simply in cash, as many of us would think, but in Getjar Gold. Developers have thought of introducing this method to also increase the exposure of other sponsored applications, by giving users who try them small amounts of Getjar currency. In theory, someone can achieve the same level of functionality in the free version as in the full-package only by installing and using suggested applications. Unfortunately, taking this way could eat up large amounts of time.
Now at version 5.2.1, Beautiful Widgets Pro offers a wide array of features, such as 12-hour forecasts, location-specific alerts and an even better overall visual appearance. The app is considered by many a must-have for every respectable Android user. If you haven’t tried it yet, download the free version (see Source link below) and take it for a spin to see what you can expect from the app.