Google continues to seize the new opportunities offered by iOS 14 to promote its own services even more. In fact, The Mountain View giant is currently developing new widgets to be positioned on the interfaces of their latest iPhones.
Among the novelties introduced in iOS 14, Apple presented new widgets last June. These can be added either to the “Today view” or directly alongside the application icons, and Google intends to take advantage of this.
UPDATED GMAIL, GOOGLE DRIVE AND FIT
With this update, the Gmail application will be enriched with a resolutely modern widget. The latter hosts a search engine and allows quick access to the editor to write new messages. There is also a display of the number of unread emails.
On the Google Drive side, the widget also presents a search box as well as two shortcuts to recently created or edited documents on the online office suite. The Google Fit widget for its part displays the latest figures related to physical activity with, for example, the number of steps taken each day or the evolution of the heartbeat.
GOOGLE CHROME & GOOGLE CALENDAR WIDGETS FOR A LATER DATE!
Google is also announcing other widgets that will be available in updates rolled out later. This is for example the case of Google Calendar. The user will be able to find his next events with direct access to the calendar.
Note also a widget for the Google Chrome browser. The latter will present the Omnibox with the possibility of entering either a search keyword or a URL directly. With this widget you can also open a window in private browsing mode, make a voice search or read a QR code.
Unlike the Google Chrome widget which is somehow complet, the features directly accessible from the widgets interface may vary, depending on the nature of the widget and the application it serves to highlight, However, the most used features are often put forward, the others remaining are accessible only by opening the app as usual.
As a reminder, Google had previously updated its other applications to better integrate them into the latest version of iOS. This is particularly the case with Google Photos and YouTube Music.