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Google Maps getting new widget to let Android users start navigation right from the home screen: Report

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Google Maps is reportedly getting a new homescreen widget that will help Android users start navigation much faster. The update is in line with Google’s release of new widgets for its key apps, including Google Phone, YouTube Music, Google Keep, Calculator and Clock, with the rollout of a stable version of Android 12. The new Google Maps widget is said to have a search bar, shortcuts to nearby stores, and a user’s most visited places to quickly initiate route navigation.

The new Google Maps widget was first spotted by Reddit user @MishaalRahman. As per the screenshot shared by the user, it features a search bar with four or eight navigation shortcuts for individual places that are frequently used by the user for home, work, etc. as well as common search queries like petrol pump (gas). viewed by. station), restaurants, and grocery stores.

It appears that the Google Maps search widget supports dynamic themes for colors on devices running Android 12. If you’re on Android 11, it looks like the app is using the same blue accent colors as other Google widgets. The latest widget is reportedly running with Google Maps version 11.3.

The new Google Maps search widget is said to be similar to the two iOS widgets that were released in July this year. Google Maps for iOS version 5.74 brings the experience of widgets to iPhone users. The first widget allows users to more easily check for nearby restaurants or gas stations with a few taps, while the latter is designed to check traffic conditions and location details. It also shows shop opening hours and restaurant reviews. The 1×1 widget shows the traffic layer as well as the user’s current location. iOS users can add widgets directly by tapping Edit in today view or by pressing + Icon in edit mode on the homescreen.


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Nitya P Nair is a journalist with over five years of experience in digital journalism. He specializes in business and technology beats. A foodie at heart, Nitya loves to explore new places (read the cuisine) and sneak in dialogues from a Malayalam film to spice up the conversation. more

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