+ Thursday October 24th, 2019

Widgets used to be one of the coolest features on Android, and if your favourite app didn’t support widgets, well you might’ve been quite upset. In 2019, most people simply don’t care. Lockscreen widgets basically don’t exist anymore, and while they’re still used on home screens, they’re not as prevalent as they once were.

Personally, I use a few widgets – an agenda widget, one for Ausdroid’s analytics, and one for Authy for easy access to 2FA codes. I don’t, however, use the Gmail widget .. and this is why I didn’t immediately notice this change.

According to Android Police, this change to Gmail was made back in March, but no one noticed.

In short, very little has changed. The big red background on the header  is gone, replaced with a red font on white. The font is also smaller. The design is overall more clean – that’s what Material Design is all about, after all – but otherwise the widget is the widget. It still does the same things and is, for most people, probably still fairly useless.

If you do use the Gmail widget, and you haven’t got the update yet (you most certainly should’ve by now), you can check for the latest update on the Play Store.

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Chris Rowland   Managing Editor

Chris Rowland

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.

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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Widgets is one of the things that keeps me with Android; I use Calendar and Keep widgets for quick and easy reference, a weather one and a Play Music one. If anything I wish there was better, more robust usage of them across the board.

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Spooky. The same name and, almost, the same use of widgets!

Agree that while I don’t use widgets as much as I used to, they are one of the things that I could not do without. I hate that my work iPhone doesn’t have them.

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Redmond Deck

Screenshots or it didn’t happen.

Seriously though, I feel this article would benefit from some imagery.

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