I am an extremely unhappy customer right now. I only got a smart phone (and signed a contract) last year because I fell in love with the functionality of the Note III. I yelled the praises of my phone to all who would listen up until the recent update to Android 5.0 Lollipop OS. Now, my phone is a frustrating disaster. The root of my issues: no more widgets.
Not widget related: I turn on and off location tracking as needed. I don't like every app knowing where I am all the time, so I only use it when necessary. Now, there is an annoying "Agree" notification that pops up every single time I do this.
The cosmetic changes in Lollipop are great; fun fonts and colors. However, I would certainly never trade cosmetics for functionality. However, the new comma in the keyboard is certainly handy.
Is there a way to go back to Android 4.0? If not, is there some grand solution to bring back widgets I missed in searching online? I put off looking into this hoping they would send out a patch, but clearly nothing is happening.
I may be off base here, but since no one else has replied:
Have you tried to long press the homescreen to access widgets?
What about tapping menu and add widget?
What about a widgets tab in the app drawer?
My apologies if you have already tried those methods.