Google to bring Calendar, Drive, Chrome, more widgets to iOS

These widgets will provide simple shortcuts to the app’s commonly used features.

As Google introduced the new Gmail widget for iOS, the tech giant also announced other widgets coming to the iPhone, including ones for Calendar, Chrome, Fit, and Drive.

According to Google, the other widgets will roll out in the coming weeks, but the Chrome widget, which is still in its beta stage, is due to launch next year.

These widgets provide simple shortcuts to the app’s commonly used features and provide information at a glance. For instance, the Gmail one allows iOS users to search their inbox, compose an email, and check for unread messages at a glance. The Chrome widget will offer quick links to web and voice searches, QR code scanning, and shortcuts to opening new tabs. Meanwhile, the Drive widget will bring a search box and shortcuts to your files. The Google Fit one will show activity including a number of steps and heart points, while the Calendar widget will display upcoming events and appointments.

To add any Google widget, make sure to download the latest version of the apps from the App Store. Then follow these steps:

  • Press and hold your iPhone or iPad home screen
  • Tap on the plus icon on the upper left corner
  • Search for and pick the widget you want onscreen
  • Select your preferred widget size
  • Tap ‘Add Widget’ > place it and select ‘Done’

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