Google has made their lockscreen widgets available for iOS 16. There are widgets for Gmail, Maps and Drive, among others.
iPhone lock screen widgets are one of the most interesting features in iOS 16. Google has now released a series of those widgets, mainly for their most popular platforms. In Google’s own blog post A distinction is made between separate lockscreens for different applications such as work, leisure and travel.
On the lock screen during the workday, Google suggests using the Gmail and Drive widgets. For Gmail you can see at a glance how many new emails you have in which categories. The Drive widget allows you to instantly open a file marked with a star, or a file suggested by Drive itself.
Maps for travel, Chrome for search
Google Maps has a few options in terms of lockscreen widgets in iOS 16. On the one hand, the “Frequent Trips” widget allows you to choose a route that you often use, such as your journey from work to home. Tapping on the widget will start navigation right away.
When you’re out and about, you can use the Maps search widget to find the nearest restaurant, gas station, or anything else. If you are “even further from home” according to Google, you can translate text via the camera with the Lens shortcut.
For a normal search, there is of course also a button as a widget. In addition, for Google Chrome you also have a button for a voice search, the incognito mode and even for the dino game of Google Chrome that you can normally only play without an internet connection.
Finally, a few widgets for YouTube and YouTube Music. There’s a regular YouTube search button and an extended version with shortcuts to the homepage, Shorts, and the channel page you’re subscribed to. For Music, you can immediately set up a playlist or search for a song while singing via a voice command.