13 July 2021
Google has announced three new apps that now offer iOS 14 widgets. These include Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Fit whose users will be able to make use of these widgets. All of these pretty basic widgets with not much user interaction available to get things done. Nevertheless, widgets are here, and let's see what each of them brings to the table.
Starting with the Gmail iOS 14 widget, there is a single widget type that lets you perform three tasks. There is a shortcut to Gmail search if you want to look for a particular email quickly. It further has a shortcut to composing a new email and an unread email counter. It does not offer functionality like email previews as Gmail's widget for Android does.
Google Drive's widget for iOS 14 also offers a quick shortcut to search. It will help you look for needed files quickly without having to navigate to the app. It will also show shortcuts to two files stored in your selected Drive account. Google says the widget will help you "access files you’re most likely to need". This suggests that these files will be shown dynamically depending on different factors like time of the day and maybe even location.
Google Fit widget is all about helping you check your Heart Points and Steps instantly. The widget actually shows the daily as well as the weekly distribution of the data. The left side shows the user's Heart Points and steps counter for the day. On the right side, you will see a graph giving an idea of data for the last seven days.
Lastly, Google revealed that there are two more iOS widgets lined up for the release. These will be for Google Calendar and Chrome applications where the latter's widget will arrive in time for New Year 2021.