Here’s How You Can Start Navigation Without Opening the Google Maps App

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 may assist Android customers begin navigation a lot sooner. The replace is in keeping 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 claimed to have a search bar, shortcuts to close by shops, and the consumer’s most-visited places 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 incorporates a search bar with 4 or eight navigation shortcuts to personalised places which might be incessantly visited by a consumer corresponding 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 gadgets 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 claimed to be just like the 2 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 site visitors circumstances and placement particulars. It additionally exhibits store opening occasions and restaurant critiques. The 1×1 widget exhibits the present location of the consumer together with the site visitors layer as properly. iOS customers can add widgets instantly by tapping Edit within the Today View or urgent the icon within the modifying 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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