Thursday , May 24 2018

Google’s At A Glance widget finally comes to other Android phones

The Pixel Launcher (particularly on the Pixel 2 as released last year) had a couple of neat features, and perhaps the most envied was the “At a glance” widget, that shows upcoming calendar appointments, weather and more. Well, don’t bother with those third party apps which just don’t work quite the same; Google has made this widget available to all with an update to the Google app.

With version 8.1, which is rolling out today, the “At a glance” widget is now included. It appears to support most devices running Android 7.0 and higher. It’s working here on our Samsung Galaxy S9+, which is heartening (as I’ve missed it quite a lot).

The widget includes the weather on the right-hand side, and tapping will launch the full Google app shortcut. At present, tapping the date when there is no calendar appointment does not open the Google Calendar app (which it does on the Pixel Launcher version). When there is an upcoming calendar appointment, tapping opens right to the event. There are some minor visual and functionality differences, with the widget not featuring a countdown feature.

Meanwhile, holding down does not open the Google app’s ‘At A Glance’ setting where users can customize data that appears like Calendar events, Upcoming flight information, and Traffic information. This might come in a new version.

The version 8.1 of the Google app is likely rolling out to your device now, but if you’re impatient (like me) you can grab the signed APK from APK Mirror and install it without waiting.

Source: 9to5 Google.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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