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Google has started rolling out iOS 16 lock screen widgets for its iPhone apps. Widgets are currently available for Gmail, Google Messages, Chrome, and Drive. While widgets for Search, Maps and Calendar are yet to arrive. The new Google widgets come in circular, rectangular and inline form. The first two will be placed below the clock on the lock screen, while the inline will appear above the clock.
In the case of Gmail, the rectangular widget displays the number of new messages received and divides them into categories – such as Social, Updates or Promotions. The circular widget only shows the total number of new messages. While the inline widget displays the date (in abbreviated form) and the total number of messages.
In the case of Google News, a rectangular widget displays short headlines on the lock screen. After tapping, the user will be taken directly to the Google News app to read the entire story.
The disc offers rectangular widgets as well as two circular widgets. The rectangular widget allows quick access to “suggested files”, while the circular widgets allow you to search any specific file or access starred files.
The Chrome Circle Widget launches Google Search in Chrome. It supports incognito search, voice search and Dino Game.
Last month, Apple released its latest update, iOS 16. iOS 16 brings a new “lock screen with widgets” feature that allows users to add widgets to the lock screen, and these widgets can act as a way to present notifications. When widgets are on, the lock screen shows more information at a glance, such as upcoming calendar events, weather, battery status, alarms, time zones, and more, without having to unlock your iPhone.