Google Maps is known for being a web-based service that gives thorough information regarding geographical regions and sites across the globe. Google Maps provides satellite and aerial views to several places. Moreover, the app proffers street views consisting of photographs taken through vehicles in some cities.
Not long ago, the app acquired an additional update on Android gadgets. Google Maps is releasing a latest widget for Android that previously assisted in creating a name for Waze, which is the other mapping and driving app that Google obtained years ago.
The new update on Google Maps will show nearby live traffic to users not only within the app but also in a widget that users can access on their lock screen.
The app already gives approximated travel and arrival times and demonstrates if there is more or less crowding in the user’s direction through red, yellow, or orange colors.
What is a live traffic widget?
The live traffic widget on Google Maps is going to be an additional and user-amiable tool for those who use the service. In addition, the live traffic widget provides the users a better concept of how bustling an area is going to be. Also, if users want to adjust their travel times or routes to keep away from crowds, users can access the traffic live widget without accessing the app.
The live traffic widget will operate through zooming in and out to view traffic in a particular area without requiring to search at the larger map in the app. Before, the user is required to access the app to view the traffic condition. However, users will soon be able to view it through the widget on the user’s home screen.
In the forthcoming weeks, the widget will launch out to users. Therefore, users might not still view it in their widget library. Moreover, users will still be required to have Google Maps established in order for it to work.
In case users are traveling or meeting out with friends or co-workers, Google Maps’ traffic widget will help them easily schedule their travel. According to Google, with the new nearby live traffic widget that will be released in the forthcoming weeks, users will see info regarding their present location right through their Android home screen.
While the widgets are certainly a more suitable method of viewing app activity, the feature also performs another goal. It helps draw more people into utilizing the app generally, particularly in times that formerly would have felt too inopportune.
Aside from the live traffic widget that is yet to arrive, currently, there are thirty-five Google widgets accessible on Android.
Other Google Maps updates
In the last couple of days, the app has launched several helpful updates. Around a week ago, Google Maps created a simple way for users to check Air Quality Index (AQI). Therefore, users can avoid polluted areas. In addition, Google Maps launched the capability to view cumulative toll prices on the user’s planned route in India, Japan, Indonesia, and the United States.