Google Maps for Android now has a widget for local traffic.

Google said today that over 30 widgets are available on Android through its first-party apps. Google Maps will soon release a widget that shows the most recent information about traffic in the area where you are right now.

Upgrade 7/7: A server-side update has begun to broadly push out the Google Maps Nearby Traffic widget. It might be as large as a homescreen or as small as 32 pixels. The background adheres to the system-wide light/dark aesthetic, and tapping it launches Google Maps’ Traffic layer right away.

You can zoom in or out using the FAB in the bottom right corner. Finally, you must allow this widget perpetual access to your location.

Original 6/15: The preview displayed today is a circular square with a map and a blue dot in the middle designating your current location. Google will use green, orange, and red lines to indicate the status of items, just like the Traffic map layer in the entire app.

You may zoom in (and out) using the floating action button (FAB), which has a Dynamic Color theme, in the bottom-right corner, while the Google logo is displayed in the bottom-left corner.

From the Android Home screen, you may see this information about your present location. This way, when you’re preparing to go for work, school, or anywhere else, you’ll be able to see at a glance how the traffic might be in your area.

Google Maps traffic widget
Google Maps traffic widget

Today, Google simply sent us one image, which is most likely 2 x 2 in size. It’s unclear if this widget, which joins the one to quickly discover nearby places, is resizable.

In the upcoming weeks, the neighboring traffic widget will be available. The iOS app for something similar was released last year, but Know before you go is more comprehensive and offers the option to Check the most recent traffic conditions, examine location information, see store opening times, view restaurant reviews, and more.

Google estimates that there will be 35 first-party widgets available on Android once this homescreen item is launched.
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