Google Maps' latest Android widget shows local traffic conditions from your home screen

Google Maps’ latest Android widget shows local traffic conditions from your home screen

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

When Google releases the new traffic widget nearby for the Android version of Google Maps, 35 widgets related to Google’s own apps will be available to Android users. Google published its own blog on Wednesday who mentioned the five widgets created for Android apps that are Google’s favorites. These five widgets are designed to “help everyone better organize and customize their home screens.”
One of Google’s favorite widgets for Android is the one for Gmail that lets you tap a new email as soon as it’s inbox to archive it later without having to open the Gmail app. The Gmail widget is one of this author’s favorites with an entire page consisting of two Gmail widgets; one would be for personal Gmail and the other for my PhoneArena job email.
One thing I’ve learned recently is that the Google Keep app lets you create amazing shopping lists with a box that you can check off once you’ve purchased an item on the list. With the Keep widget, Google lets you scroll through your to-do list from the home screen. And Google Translate also has a widget that you can set with translated phrases so that it always appears on your home screen. Put a “star” next to your most used translations and they will always be available on the Translate widget for quick translations at your fingertips.

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.

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.

While widgets have traditionally been linked to the Android OS, Apple has come from behind with this year’s iOS 16 release, Apple is expected to include customizable widgets that can put Apple ahead of Android when it comes to widgets, no doubt for the first time.


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