When we Androids think of gadgets, we tend to think of our humble home screens.

Makes sense, right? This is where widgets have traditionally existed here in Android land (with one short-lived exception, though, but Google is convinced we’ve forgotten about it).

Hold the phone, though — because it turns out there’s a whole other way to interact with widgets on your favorite Google gadget. Few mortals are aware, but at some point Google quietly started offering the ability to call up Android widgets on demand when you need them with a simple voice command.

This means you can see an Android widget exactly when you want and from anywhere on your device – not just on the home screen. And you don’t have to keep it visible and taking up space all the time.

Intriguing, isn’t it? I certainly thought so. Let me explain a little more.

[Psst: Want even more advanced Android knowledge? Check out my free Android Shortcut Supercourse to learn tons of time-saving tricks for your phone.]

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