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The new Material You-style Google Maps widget is coming to everyone on Android. You should therefore be able to activate it.

Google Maps is getting a new widget on Android – even for people who are new to Android 12. Indeed, according to Xataka Android, the rollout of this new feature seems to have been activated for everyone globally. As a reminder, this widget had been expected for a few weeks already.

At Frandroid, we have indeed observed the arrival of the new Google Maps widget on an Oppo Find X3 Pro updated to Android 12 and on a Samsung Galaxy A41 running Android 11. As a reminder, so far, the application of navigation instead offered shortcuts to integrate into the home screen – these weren’t quite what you might call widgets.

The new widget in question features multiple tiles and rounded corners – this is where you can feel the influence of Material You’s aesthetic guidelines.

The window thus groups together several shortcuts (Home, Work, Restaurants, Bakery, etc.) which will allow you to directly launch the corresponding request in Google Maps. There is also a search bar. Be aware, however, that you won’t actually type anything into the widget. Indeed, if you press the bar in question, you land in the app with the keyboard deployed.

It should therefore no longer be seen as a shortcut to the Google Maps search and not as a function to find an address without leaving the home screen. Remember that new widgets are also showing up on other Google applications.

We can cite the one in X of Google Drive or the also rounded widget of Google Photos.

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