Google rolls out iOS 16 lock screen widgets to iPhone users
Rolling out now, with Search and Maps widgets to come later.
Now Google is getting in on the act, with Chrome, Drive, Gmail, and Google News widgets now becoming available.
Gmail lock screen widget for iOS 16
The Gmail lock screen widget can be circular, inline, or rectangular. The inline version goes above the clock, with the other two going below it.
Inbox Zero fans might not appreciate seeing the ever-present number of unread emails. But, for everyone else, you’ll see the number, or in the case of the rectangular widget, the number in each category.
Google Drive has a widget for searching your storage, accessing your starred files, or checking out “suggested files.”
Google News has short headlines, which open the Google News app when tapped.
The Chrome lock screen widget can do multiple things, like opening incognito windows, voice search, or Google Search within Chrome.
That last one is handy, as the Search widget hasn’t yet made its way to iOS 16.
Google Maps has incoming widgets, too, with a Frequent Trips option, Search inside Maps, and directions to any meetings on your calendar.
Unfortunately, it’s not ready for launch, but Google expects it to be ready soon.
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