Google Introduces iOS 16 Lock Screen Widgets for Gmail, Maps, and More

With the launch of iOS 16 for the iPhone today, Google is detailing upcoming lock screen widgets in six major apps that are expected to arrive in the coming weeks.

The simplest Gmail The lock screen widget shows the number of “new messages” you have as a line or in a circle. Information dense breaks down your inbox by categories, as well as chats, with further customization options available.

A Google Maps The Frequent Trips widget will provide “real-time traffic updates and estimated travel times to places like home and work”, while taking into account preferred transportation method. Other app widgets can search for nearby restaurants, shops, cafes, or hotels.

Google Drive can highlight suggested files to open, such as those that have been shared with you, while you also get one-click access to favorite files and folders.

The next step is Google Search with access to voice search and Google Lens, as well as the latter’s translation, homework and shop filters.

Chromium provides similar shortcuts for voice search, new or incognito tab, and even Dino game.

Lately, Google News provides “real-time headlines with a quick glance,” with the post noted at the top.

Google says these Lock Screen widgets will be available “in the coming weeks.”

In the meantime, get ready by installing your favorite Google apps on your iPhone. Once our widgets are available, simply press and hold your lock screen to begin customizing.

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