The latest iPhone software update has arrived and has brought several new features to Apple’s services, and soon Google will follow suit with lock screen widgets of its own.
The iOS 16 update is giving people with an Apple smartphone from iPhone 8 to iPhone 14 new benefits, including battery percentage return in the status bar, an undo button in iMessage, and app widgets on the lock screen.
These widgets let you access essential services and information right away and are customizable so you can make the lock screen perfect for your needs.
Now, Google has revealed that iOS 16 lock screen customization options will also soon be available for its own set of apps.
In a post on The keyword blog (opens in new tab)Google said that six of its apps will get lock screen widgets.
A Google Search widget gives you the ability to search using text, voice or a snap of your camera – and it includes other Google Lens tricks like translation and homework help. If you’re someone with a Gmail account, a widget for that app will automatically show you how many unread messages are waiting for you and what folder they’re in.
And if you prefer Google Maps to Apple’s more private Maps app, the Maps Frequent Trips widget will give you real-time updates on your most important trips (like your trip home or your commute to work). Just tap on the trip you want to take and Google Maps will take it from there.
In addition to these, Google Chrome, Google News and Google Drive will also receive iOS 16 widgets.
In the blog post, Google just tells us to “watch out for all these widgets over the next few weeks”, so there is no exact timeline for when they will appear. But we should see these widgets added soon, and with Google calling the run a “peep,” it could be hinting that other Google iOS 16 widgets are on the way, too.
If you’re looking for iOS apps that you can use today, check out our picks for the best iPhone apps.