Google Maps is getting a new widget that will allow Android users to start navigating directly from their home screen

Google Maps is getting a new widget that will allow Android users to start navigating directly from their home screen

The new widget for Google Maps 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 to personalised locations that are frequently visited by a user such as home, work, etc., as well as common 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. If you’re on Android 11, the app seems to be using blue accent colours just like Google’s other widgets. The latest widget is reportedly rolling out with Google Maps version 11.3.0.

Google Maps is apparently launching a new homescreen widget that will allow Android users to begin navigating much more quickly. With the release of a stable version of Android 12, Google has released new widgets for its main apps such as Google Phone, YouTube Music, Google Keep, Calculator, and Clock. The new Google Map widget is claimed to include a search bar, shortcuts to local stores, and a list of the user’s most-visited sites for easy route navigation.


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