Google Maps will get a new widget for Android home screens in the weeks ahead, according to a blog post from the company. Google Maps’ new widget, like other useful widgets that provide quick views of an app’s content, displays nearby traffic. While this is a feature that already exists, this would be the first time that the information will be displayed in real time in widget form from your home screen.
The next widget is a square tile with a traditional appearance that shows real-time traffic at your current place. Instead than opening the complete program, the widget allows users to track traffic at a glance. It may be useful if you’re travelling to work, college, home, or elsewhere, according to Google.
Users are able to interact with said tile by using the toggle in the corner to zoom in and out. While the blog post suggests a square-like tile, it’s unclear if it’ll be resizable like all other Android widgets. The widget, like the full Google Maps experience, uses AI to predict real-time traffic updates and assists in persuading alternate routes. To predict real-time traffic, Google employs advanced Machine Learning techniques, such as comparing previous traffic conditions databases in conjunction with current traffic conditions.