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New Gmail, Chrome and other Lock Screen widgets announced by Google for iOS 16

New Gmail, Chrome and other Lock Screen widgets announced by Google for iOS 16

According to Google's announcement, the majority of its core products, including Gmail, Chrome, Drive, Search, and Google News, will have widgets for the iOS 16 Lock Screen. Users will have to wait, though, as these widgets won't be made available for a few more weeks. If you're wondering how these widgets differ from the ones already available on iOS, the main distinction is that these are being pulled to the Lock Screen.

The Lock Screen can now be more customized with iOS 16 from Apple. This includes the option to add new, more customizable wallpapers and more widgets to the Lock Screen itself, as well as the ability to modify the font style and colour used to show the time and date. Without unlocking the device, users can swiftly scan information on the lock screen itself.

The Google search widget will enable users to conduct voice or camera searches directly from the Lock Screen, according to a blog post by Google's vice president for cross-product experiences Susie Wee. Through this widget, users may also translate or get homework assistance.

The popular dino game may even be loaded via the Chrome Lock Screen widget, which also allows users to begin voice searches. The Maps widget will display frequently made trips by a user along with anticipated travel times, and the Google Drive widget will allow users to quickly access starred files or folders. Your Lock Screen will have access to all of this data. The Maps widget will also have a search feature to aid in locating eateries and retail establishments, the Indian Express reported.

A widget for Google News will also feature current headlines that are easily visible. In the app, users can touch to read more.

Most importantly, many users should find the Gmail widget appealing. You will be informed immediately of the number of new messages in your inbox.

Users will also have "the option to customise the widget to see which inbox categories, like Social or Updates, contain new messages," notes the blog post.

Google has not specified a precise launch date for the widgets for users.

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