Google has shown its future Lock Screen widgets for its iPhone applications, including the Google app, Gmail, Google Maps, Chrome, Google News, and Google Drive, only hours before Apple launches iOS 16.
The Lock Screen widgets will be accessible in the “coming weeks,” according to Google when its iPhone apps are gradually updated on the App Store.
The widgets enable users to rapidly open Google apps from the Lock Screen and deliver real-time data with a quick look:
- Google: Start a search using text, voice, or the camera.
- Gmail: See how many emails are in your inbox.
- Chrome: Start a search, even by voice or in private mode.
- Google Drive: Access starred files and folders quickly.
- Google Maps: View real-time traffic changes as well as predicted journey times to commonly frequented destinations such as home and work.
- Google News: See breaking news in real-time.
It should be noted that the Google search widget does not permit you to finish a search directly from the Lock Screen and instead opens the app.
The ability to customize the Lock Screen with widgets, multi-layered backgrounds, custom fonts for the date and time, and other features is a crucial new feature in iOS 16. You may also choose which photos appear on the Lock Screen during the day.
The new Lock Screen collection features a variety of Lock Screen alternatives, including as a new Weather wallpaper with real-time weather updates and an Astronomy wallpaper featuring views of the Earth, Moon, and Solar System. iOS 16 supports several Lock Screen designs, allowing you to switch between them with a swipe.