Google Maps has released a new widget that lets you know the traffic in your area in real time. So you can use it on your mobile.
Google has recently updated some of its main applications to add new useful widgets, with which to enjoy some of the functions of these applications from the home screen of our mobiles. The new Google Maps widget is one of the most useful widgets to come to Android recently, as it lets you check the traffic around you without having to enter the app.
This widget is already available in France, and it is undoubtedly one of the most useful that you can place on the home screen of your mobile. We will explain how you can do it.
Traffic in your area at a glance
Before seeing the steps necessary to use the new Google Maps widget, it should be noted that in order to use it it is necessary to have the latest version of Google Maps installed on your device. You can download the latest update through the Google Play Store.
When the latest version of the application is already installed on your mobile, you just need to follow a few simple steps:
- Press and hold an empty space on your mobile’s home screen.
- Tap on the “Widgets” section.
- Scroll down until you find “Google Maps” and tap on the name of the app.
- Choose the live traffic widget and drag it to the home screen space where you want to place it.
One of the particularities of this widget is that it is interactive. By tapping the magnifying glass icon in the lower right corner of the widget, you can zoom in or out to see traffic from a larger or smaller area around your location. Something very useful, for example, to know when is the best time to leave home for work.
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It is also necessary to point out that in order to work you must first have authorized Google Maps to access your location at all times. You can do this through your mobile settings.
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