Google Maps is introducing a brand new widget for Android that can be one other use for the performance that helped make a reputation for Waze, the different driving and mapping app that Google acquired almost a decade in the past: It should now present stay visitors round you not simply within the app however in a widget you may entry in your lock display.
Google Maps already offers estimated arrival and journey occasions, and signifies when there’s much less or extra congestion in your route with yellow/orange/pink colours. The stay visitors widget can be an additional, user-friendly instrument for customers, to offer them a greater thought of how busy an space can be in case they should alter their journey occasions and even routes to keep away from the scrum, without having to open the app.
The function will work with zooming out and in to see visitors in a particular space without having to have a look at the broader map within the app. Earlier you wanted to open the app to see the visitors standing, however now you may see it at a look proper from your property display.
The widget is rolling out to customers within the coming weeks, so that you may not but see it in your widget library. You’ll nonetheless must have Maps launched for it to work.
“Whether or not you’re commuting or heading out to fulfill pals, Google Maps’ real-time visitors predictions may also help you simply plan your route. And with the brand new close by visitors widget, launching within the coming weeks, you’ll see this info on your present location proper out of your Android House display,” the corporate mentioned.
Whereas the widgets are positively a extra handy means of viewing app exercise in some eventualities, additionally they serve one other goal: drawing extra individuals into utilizing the app total, particularly in occasions that beforehand would have felt too inconvenient.
With the launch of the stay visitors widget, there are actually 35 Google widgets out there on Android.
Google Maps has rolled out some helpful updates in the previous few days. Final week, it made it simple for customers to examine Air High quality Index (AQI) to allow them to keep away from polluted areas. Earlier this week, it roll out the power to see cumulative toll costs in your deliberate route within the U.S., India, Japan, and Indonesia.