Google is about to release a new Android widget for its popular Google Maps app. The widget displays traffic information for the local area near you. This way you know when you leave home, school, work and other local areas how heavy the traffic is when you start your journey. If you are not familiar with a widget, it is important information from an app that can be placed on your phone’s home screen for quick access.
Including Google Maps, 35 Google apps will have their own widgets available on Android,
Different color lines will represent the speed of traffic in the area with green lines representing normal traffic speed and orange lines indicating that you should be careful and watch out for slower traffic. Red lines, as you may have guessed, show where the traffic stops completely. Last year, Google released a widget for the iOS version of Google Maps that also shows local traffic conditions
The Google Maps Traffic Widget lets you know what your traffic looks like when you embark on your journey
Android apps can be resized by changing the shape of the widget and the amount of information made available
Android widgets can be resized and by doing this you can change the shape of the widget while keeping the most important parts of an app available on the widget. As a good example, the Google Drive widget can be made smaller by long pressing it and leaving four dots from which you can extend the widget to change its size and shape, making it a toolbar.
Take a quick look at your Gmail inbox with the Gmail widget
To find a specific widget, you must first install the app by finding it in the Google Play Store and installing it on your device. Then you need to find some empty properties on your Android Home screen and long press on it until you see a pop-up screen with three options: Background and Style, Widgets and Home Settings. Tap Widgets to see your widget options. Long press on the one you want and in that position you can navigate with your finger to the exact place on the home screen where you want the widget to end up.
Widgets were first supported on smartphones with the launch of Android 1.0 and 1.1. As Android 1.5 rolled around, developers were able to create widgets that could be installed directly on Android’s home screen.
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