Google Maps Getting New Widget to Let Android Customers Begin Navigation Proper From the Dwelling Display screen: Report

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Google Maps is reportedly getting a brand new homescreen widget that may assist Android customers begin navigation a lot quicker. The replace is in keeping with Google releasing new widgets for its main apps together with Google Cellphone, YouTube Music, Google Hold, Calculator, and Clock with the rollout of a secure model of Android 12. The brand new Google Map widget is claimed to have a search bar, shortcuts to close by shops, and the consumer’s most-visited places for rapidly starting route navigation.

The brand new widget for Google Maps was first noticed by Reddit consumer @MishaalRahman. As per the screenshot shared by the consumer, it encompasses a search bar with 4 or eight navigation shortcuts to personalised places which can be often visited by a consumer resembling dwelling, work, and many others., 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 gadgets operating Android 12 for colors. For those who’re on Android 11, the app appears to be utilizing blue accent colors similar to Google’s different widgets. The most recent widget is reportedly rolling out with Google Maps model 11.3.0. 

The brand new Google Maps search widget is claimed to be much like the 2 iOS widgets launched earlier in July this yr. Google Maps for iOS model 5.74 introduced the widgets expertise for iPhone customers. The primary widget permits customers to test close by eating places or gasoline stations extra simply with few faucets, whereas the latter is designed to test site visitors situations and site particulars. It additionally exhibits store opening occasions and restaurant evaluations. The 1×1 widget exhibits the present location of the consumer together with the site visitors layer as effectively. iOS customers can add widgets immediately by tapping Edit within the At this time View or urgent the icon within 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 know-how 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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