Google Maps for Android adds nearby traffic widget [U: Live]
Google said today that its proprietary apps offer more than 30 widgets on Android. An upcoming widget from Google Maps will provide the latest traffic information near your current location.
Update 7/7: The Google Maps Nearby Traffic widget is now widely rolled out via a server-side update. It can cover an entire home screen or be as small as 3×2. The background follows the system-level light/dark theme, while one tap immediately opens Google Maps to the Traffic layer.
The FAB in the lower right corner allows you to zoom in/out. Finally, this widget requires you to grant access to the “Allow all the time” location.
Original 6/15: The preview provided today is a rounded square that displays a map with your current location marked with a blue dot in the center. Much like the traffic map layer in the full app, Google will mark the state of affairs with green, orange, and red lines.
A Dynamic Color-themed Floating Action Button (FAB) in the lower right corner lets you zoom in (and out), while the Google logo appears in the lower left corner.
…you’ll see this information for your current location right from your Android home screen. So if you’re about to leave home, work, school, or anywhere else, you’ll know at a glance exactly what local traffic is like.
Today, Google only gave us one look, and it’s probably 2 x 2 in size. It’s unclear if this widget is resizable and joins the “Quickly find nearby places” widget.
The nearby traffic widget is coming to Google Maps for Android “in the coming weeks”. A similar one launched in the iOS app last year, but “Know Before You Go” is broader with the ability to “Check the latest traffic conditions, see location details, store opening hours , restaurant reviews, etc.”.
Once this home screen object is launched, Google says the number of proprietary widgets on Android will be 35.
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