Creating Your Widget Intent Receiver and Adding It to the Application Manifest

Widgets are implemented as Intent Receivers with Intent Filters that catch broadcast Intents, which request widget updates using the AppWidget.ACTION_APPWIDGET_UPDATE, deleted, enabled, and DiSABLED actions. You can create your widget by extending the intentReceiver class directly and interpreting those broadcast Intents by overriding the onReceive method.

The AppWidgetProvider class provides a simplified alternative by encapsulating the Intent processing and presenting you with event handlers for the update, delete, enable, and disable events.

Listing 10-3 shows a simple widget implementation that extends AppWidgetProvider and overrides the onUpdate method:

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