Google is apparently ready to embrace the new widgets experience in iOS 14. The company already has some options out there, with even more app support coming soon.
Today, via a blog post, Google detailed the new iOS 14 widgets for a handful of its apps. To start, the Gmail app now supports a widget in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, which we reported yesterday. That widget makes it possible to get a quick glance at your unread count, start a search within Gmail, and compose a new email.
What’s available now
It appears that Google has already updated a couple of other apps to support widgets in Apple’s latest version of iOS.
Google Drive, for instance, now supports a widget as long as you’ve got the app updated to the latest version. With the widget you’ll be able to search within your Drive, and see your latest pair of opened documents as well.
For the folks out there that rely on Google’s fitness app, the Fit widget will help you keep track of your Heart Points. It will also make it easy to keep track of your steps as well.
More in the works
But wait, Google’s not done yet.
First up is a widget for Google Calendar, one of Google’s most popular apps. The company says it will launch in the coming weeks, but no specific launch date has been revealed quite yet. With this widget, users will have quick access to the full app, but also get to see their upcoming appointments at a glance.
And then, sometime in the early stages of next year, Google will launch a widget for its Chrome web browser. With this widget, users will be able to quickly type in a URL to launch a site, or even start a search. It will let users open an Incognito tab, start a voice search, and scan a QR code. Google also says, “the smaller widget comes with a little prehistoric surprise”.
Tutorial: How to find, add, and remove Home Screen widgets on iPhone
So, that’s great support for Apple’s more robust widgets. Are you using widgets on your iOS 14 Home Screen?