Google Maps is reportedly getting a new homescreen widget that would help Android users start navigating much faster. The update is in line with the release of new widgets from Google for its major apps like Google Phone, YouTube Music, Google Keep, Calculator and Clock with the introduction of a stable version of Android 12. The new Google Map widget is said to have a search bar , Shortcuts to nearby shops and the user’s most visited places for quick access to route navigation.
The new widget for Google Maps was first discovered by Reddit user @MishaalRahman. According to the screenshot shared by the user, it has a search bar with four or eight navigational shortcuts to personalized places that are frequently visited by a user, such as home, work, train station, restaurants, and grocery stores.
The Google Maps search widget seems to support dynamic design on devices running Android 12 for colors. If you’re using Android 11, the app seems to use blue accent colors, just like Google’s other widgets. The latest widget will reportedly be introduced in Google Maps version 11.3.0.
The new Google Maps search widget is said to be similar to the two iOS widgets that were released in early July this year. Google Maps for iOS version 5.74 brought the widgets experience to iPhone users. The first widget allows users to check nearby restaurants or gas stations with a few taps, while the latter is designed to check traffic conditions and location details. It also shows store opening hours and restaurant reviews. The 1×1 widget also shows the user’s current location along with the traffic layer. iOS users can add widgets directly by tapping To edit in the Today view or by pressing + Icon in edit mode on the home screen.
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