Google Maps Getting New Widget to Let Android Users Start Navigation Right From the Home Screen: Report


Google Maps is reportedly getting a brand new homescreen widget that will assist Android customers begin navigation a lot sooner. The replace is consistent with Google releasing new widgets for its main apps together with Google Phone, YouTube Music, Google Keep, Calculator, and Clock with the rollout of a steady model of Android 12. The new Google Map widget is alleged to have a search bar, shortcuts to close by shops, and the consumer’s most-visited areas for rapidly starting route navigation.

The new widget for Google Maps was first spotted by Reddit consumer @MishaalRahman. As per the screenshot shared by the consumer, it includes a search bar with 4 or eight navigation shortcuts to personalised areas which might be incessantly visited by a consumer similar to dwelling, work, and so on., in addition to widespread search queries like petrol pump (gasoline station), restaurant, and grocery shops.

The Google Maps search widget seems to be supporting dynamic theming on units working Android 12 for colors. If you are on Android 11, the app appears to be utilizing blue accent colors similar to Google’s different widgets. The newest widget is reportedly rolling out with Google Maps model 11.3.0. 

The new Google Maps search widget is alleged to be related to the two iOS widgets released earlier in July this 12 months. Google Maps for iOS model 5.74 introduced the widgets expertise for iPhone customers. The first widget permits customers to examine close by eating places or gasoline stations extra simply with few faucets, whereas the latter is designed to examine visitors situations and site particulars. It additionally exhibits store opening occasions and restaurant critiques. The 1×1 widget exhibits the present location of the consumer together with the visitors layer as effectively. iOS customers can add widgets immediately by tapping Edit in the Today View or urgent the icon in the enhancing mode on the homescreen. 

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Nithya P Nair is a journalist with greater than 5 years of expertise in digital journalism. She specialises in enterprise and expertise beats. A foodie at coronary heart, Nithya loves exploring new locations (learn cuisines) and sneaking in Malayalam film dialogues to boost conversations.

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