Apple started rolling out iOS 16 earlier today, which includes the ability to add special widgets to your lock screen. Google’s apps will be among the first to feature widgets on the iOS 16 lock screen, including Gmail, Chrome, and Maps.
Google revealed in a blog post today that it will be updating several of its iPhone apps “in the coming weeks” with widgets designed for the iOS 16 lock screen. Google Search will have shortcuts quick to start a text, voice or camera search. Chrome will offer similar search shortcuts, as well as buttons to open a new tab in Incognito mode and the Dino game.
How to Customize iPhone Lock Screen in iOS 16
Google Drive will have a widget for suggested files, such as documents recently shared with you, as well as a shortcut for starred files and folders. At the same time, the Gmail app will add a widget with an unread messages counter, as well as another that breaks down the number of unread messages by category. Google News will have a unique widget, which will display the titles of recommended articles in real time.
Google Maps will apparently have the most widgets and shortcuts of any app. The company said in a blog post, “With the Maps Frequent Trips widget, get real-time traffic updates and estimated travel times for places like home and work right on your lock screen. […] You can also find nearby restaurants, shops, and other favorite places by tapping the Maps Search widget. »
The new widgets will be available after each app’s updates, which are expected to arrive over the next few weeks. This gives you plenty of time to update your iPhone to iOS 16.