Desktop widgets can be defined as miniature applications – or applets – that reside on the desktop for convenient, fast access to useful information or controls. Maemo 5 contains up to four desktops, as illustrated in Figure 1, totalling in 3200x424 pixels of screen real-estate for desktop widgets.
Figure 1: Maemo 5 includes up to four desktops for widgets.
Note: In Maemo terminology, in addition to widgets, Maemo 5 also includes application shortcuts, web bookmarks, and contacts. Technically, however, these are considered desktop widgets as well, and the same guidelines apply. Therefore, for the sake of readability, the term ‘widget’ used in this document encompasses all the aforementioned applets.