Android :: How Update Widget Often But Only When It Is Visible

Mar 10, 2010

I'm going to create widget which needs to update its content every minute (it shows time-related data).

However, there is no need to update widget if it is currently invisible, which means:

screen is turned off
another app is running
widget is placed on another (invisible) home screen tab

What is the best way to update only visible widget every minute - without waking up device nor doing unnecessary computations? After widget becomes visible, small lag before update is acceptable.

Android :: how update widget often but only when it is visible

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import android.content.Context;
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I have a widget, its setup so that when I click on it, it opens some settings in an activity.


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Aug 9, 2010

I'm just starting with android development and have written an application to show details about the battery status.

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