As per reports Google Maps is getting a new homescreen widget that would help Android users start navigation from the Home Screen. The update is in line with Google releasing new widgets for its major apps including Google Phone, YouTube Music, Google Keep, Calculator, and Clock with the rollout of a stable version of Android 12.
Google Map widget is said to have a search bar, shortcuts to nearby stores, and the user’s most-visited locations for quickly beginning route navigation.
Google Maps features a search bar with four or eight navigation shortcuts to personalise locations that are frequently visit by a user such as home, work and others as well as search queries like petrol pump (gas station), restaurant, and grocery stores.
The Google Maps search widget appears to be supporting dynamic theming on devices running Android 12 for colours.
The app seems to be using blue accent colours just like Google’s other widgets if you’re on Android 11.
The new widget is rolling out with Google Maps version 11.3.0.
The new Google Maps search widget is said to be similar to the two iOS widgets release in July 2021.
Google Maps for iOS version 5.74 brought the widgets experience for iPhone users.
The first widget allows users to check nearby restaurants or gas stations more easily with few taps and the latter is design to check traffic conditions and location details.
Widget also shows shop opening times and restaurant reviews.
The 1×1 widget shows the current location of the user with the traffic layer as well.
iOS users can add widgets directly by tapping Edit in the Today View or pressing the + icon in the editing mode on the homescreen.
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