Google iOS 14 widgets now expand to a few more apps. In a recent blog post, the company has showcased new widgets for its Gmail, Google Drive, as well as Google Fit apps. To recall, iOS 14 alongside iPadOS 14 was a major design overhaul for Apple devices. It had opened up a lot of app developers to make widgets for their iOS apps just like for Android. Google initially introduced a few new widgets for Google search app, Google Photos, YouTube music apps. And now, it expands to a few more.
Google iOS 14 widgets — For Gmail, Google Drive and Google Fit
In its blog post, Google showcases new Gmail widget and what to expect from it. The interface on the new widget appears relatively simple. The widget will allow iOS 14 users to search, compose and check for new unread emails. Users must be aware that iOS 14 widgets are not interactive widgets. Meaning, clicking on the search, for instance, on the new Gmail widget would open up the app and allow you to search and not from the widget within.
Nonetheless, it still reduces your effort to find the Gmail app from the app library — opening it up — and doing a search. The process is familiar with search and compose buttons on the new Gmail app. Google might consider adding or adopting more functionality to its Gmail widget. For instance, adding a preview of unread emails like the Spark email app does. Or considering to integrate Calendar or a shortcut to glance through attachments, all these usage scenarios might be beneficial, and users have more options to consider using the new Gmail widget.
The new Google Drive widget also happens to be familiar to the Gmail widget. Users can search or glance at recent documents by clicking the individual sections on the new widget.
On the other hand, Google Fit widget on an iOS 14 screen seems more pleasing than the other two in the lot. Google Fit app, in general, comprises primarily two sections which are — the steps and heart rate points. The new widget does an excellent job in showcasing that and also it provides your current week graphs. This makes users get the right info just by glancing and eliminates the need to check the tracking info by opening the app.
Google iOS 14 widgets — For Calendar and Chrome Coming Soon
Google has more widgets in the pipeline. The important one appears to be to its Calendar app. It showcased how the future Google Calendar app widget would look like in its blogpost. The widget includes essential information like showcasing appointments, your noted daily tasks, and the current essential date, which is pretty obvious.
Further, there’s Google Chrome widget, which is pretty much identical to Google’s Search widget released earlier. The upcoming Chrome widget will allow users to do a general search, a voice search, an incognito search, and also a QR/Bar code scan. If you’re a Google Chrome beta tester, you can try it right away. For those who are not, they will have to wait till next year for the new Chrome widget as well as Google Calendar widget.
If you’re an iOS 14 user and not familiar with adding these widgets, here are the steps you need to follow — unlock your screen — enter jiggle mode by holding the app drawer screen — select the ‘+’ icon on the top left — scroll through the list of widgets — select any of the widgets mentioned above — swipe through for different sizes — select one and tap ‘add widget’ and hit ‘done’. That should add up your preferred Google widget on your iPhone or on an iPad.