Google Maps gets a new traffic widget

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Google detailed this week that Google Maps gets a makeover Nearby traffic widget, perfect for seeing what the roads around you look like without having to dive straight into the app. It’s pretty handy, I must say.

Noted to be available in the coming weeks, this new widget joins a growing list of Google widgets for Android. Funny, since Apple brought widgets to iOS, the Android team seems to have reignited their desire to make quality widgets, which you won’t hear me complaining about.

Here is Google’s description of the widget.

Whether you’re heading to work or visiting friends, Google Maps real-time traffic forecasts can help you easily plan your route. And with the new Nearby Traffic Widget, launching in the coming weeks, you’ll see this information about your current location right from your Android home screen. So if you’re about to leave home, work, school, or anywhere else, you’ll know at a glance exactly what local traffic is like. And since Android widgets are touch-enabled, you can zoom in and out without opening the Maps app.

Google says there are 35 Google Widgets available on Android, including this new Nearby Traffic. Personally, I use two – Google Calendar and Clock. What do you think? Which do you use?

// Google

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