July 4, 2022

What you need to know

  • Your Android home screen is getting a new widget.
  • The Google Maps nearby traffic widget helps you check gridlocks right on the home screen.
  • It is an interactive widget that lets you tap to zoom in/out. 
  • Users can get the feature with an app update in the coming weeks.

Google Maps is getting a new widget for the Android home screen in the coming weeks, the search giant has confirmed in a blog post. Like other helpful widgets that give you glanceable views of an app’s content, Google Maps’ new widget showcases nearby traffic.

The upcoming widget is a conventional-looking square tile that displays real-time traffic at your current location. The widget allows you to track traffic at a glance instead of users opening the entire app. Google suggests it can be handy if you’re commuting to work, school, home, or anywhere else, for that matter.

(Image credit: Google)

Users will also be able to interact with the tile, zooming in and out thanks to the toggle in the corner. That said, while the blog post hints at a square-esque tile, it is unclear whether it is resizable like other Android widgets.