Google is about to release a new Android widget for its popular Google Maps app. The widget will show traffic information for the local area near you. This way you’ll know when leaving home, school, work, and other local areas how heavy the traffic is when you begin your journey. In case you are not familiar with a widget, it is the important information from an app that can be placed on your phone’s home screen for quick access.
Including Google Maps, 35 Google apps will have their own widgets available on Android,
Different color lines will represent the speed of the traffic in that area with green lines representing normal traffic speeds, and orange lines indicating that you should be cautious and on the lookout for slowing traffic. Red lines, as you might have guessed, show where traffic is coming to a complete halt. Last year, Google released a widget for the iOS version of Google Maps that also shows local traffic condition
The Google Maps traffic widget will let you know what the traffic like when you embark on your journey
Android apps can be resized by changing the shape of the widget and the amount of information made available
Android widgets can be re-sized and by doing this, you can change the shape of the widget while keeping the most important parts of an app available on the widget. As a good example, the Google Drive widget can be made smaller by long-tapping on it leaving you four dots from which you can stretch out the widget to change its size and shape which turns it into a toolbar.
Get a quick look at your Gmail inbox with the Gmail widget
To find a particular widget, you need to first install the app by finding it in the Google Play Store and installing it on your device. Then you need to find some empty real estate on your Android home screen and long-press on it until you see a screen pop-up with three options: Wallpaper & style, Widgets, and Home settings. Tap on Widgets and you’ll see your widget options. Long-press on the one you want and while in that position, you can navigate with your finger to the precise spot on the home screen where you want the widget to go.
Widgets were first supported on smartphones with the release of Android 1.0 and 1.1. By the time Android 1.5 rolled around, developers were able to create widgets that could be installed right on the Android home screen.