Android homescreen widgets are getting a much-needed overhaul in Android 12. Google confirmed us the redesigned widgets at Google I/O 2021 in Could. A lot of these widgets have gone reside in varied Android 12 beta releases over the previous couple of months. And as we transfer nearer to the Android 12 steady launch, we’ve another homescreen widget coming our approach: Google Maps.
Google not too long ago launched model 11.0 of Google Maps beta within the Play Retailer. An APK teardown of this app reveals that the corporate is getting ready a brand new homescreen widget for Maps. Whereas the characteristic isn’t reside but for customers, Dylan Roussel of 9to5Google may allow it manually on their telephone. You’ll be able to see the Google Maps homescreen widget in motion within the screenshot under.
As you may see on this screenshot, the upcoming Google Maps widget doesn’t look too totally different from the not too long ago added Chrome Fast Motion Search widget. It has the Materials You design language written throughout it. The widget incorporates a distinguished search bar up prime, with a number of shortcuts beneath. You’ve gotten one-tap choices for Dwelling, Eating places, Bakery, Groceries, Gasoline, and so on. These shortcuts are primarily the identical you can see under the search bar in the primary Maps app.
The Maps widget is resizable, so you may add as many shortcuts as you need. Nonetheless, it solely accommodates 4 buttons in a row, so should you add extra shortcuts, the widget will get larger. You’ll be able to downsize it to indicate lower than 4 shortcuts as effectively. The smaller-sized widget appears extra cute than the larger one, after all.
Google Maps homescreen widget helps dynamic coloring on Android 12
As you’d anticipate, Google is including dynamic coloring assist to the upcoming Google Maps homescreen widget on Android 12. For the uninitiated, dynamic coloring is a brand new characteristic that the corporate has launched to its Materials You design language within the newest iteration of its Android OS. It will likely be solely out there in Pixel telephones although, no less than in the meanwhile.
Powered by the monet theme engine, Android 12’s dynamic coloring routinely extracts the colour scheme of your wallpaper and applies it to the UI ingredient of supported apps and widgets, in addition to throughout the system. As you may see within the screenshot under, the Google Maps widget has adopted the greenish coloration scheme of the wallpaper. The photographs hooked up above additionally confirmed the widget color-matching the wallpaper.
Based on the report, the upcoming Google Maps homescreen widget may even be out there for gadgets working Android 11. However it is going to lack dynamic coloring assist for apparent causes and can doubtless characteristic a blue hue.