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Google Drive's redesigned Material You widget sure does look weird

Google Drive's redesigned Material You widget sure does look weird

Part of Google's Material You design philosophy is a renewed focus on widgets, revitalizing a stale look that has plagued the platform for years. Some of those widgets sport some odd designs, but they still fit into Android 12's overall appearance pretty well. We didn't expect Google Drive to be one of the apps to get a brand-new interactive tool, but that's exactly what's happened with the app's latest update — and it's sporting a pretty unique look as well.

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The Google app is getting a new Assistant weather widget

The Google app is getting a new Assistant weather widget

At-a-glance weather has to be one of the most popular options for homescreen widgets out there. So it's strange that Google doesn't have a self-branded option, beyond the tiny little nugget in the Google News widget. It looks like that's about to change: code in the Google app indicates that a new Assistant-branded weather widget.

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Hulu's one of the few companies that remembers Android has widgets

Hulu's one of the few companies that remembers Android has widgets

Look, watching a never-ending stream of television episodes probably isn't great for you. But streaming services basically live on that behavior, so they're not gonna judge you for it. In fact, they'd like you to binge a little more. To that end, Hulu is adding a couple of widgets to its Android app.

New widgets! In the Year of our Lord 2021! I wonder what got them thinking about those again?

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Android 12 Beta 4 makes the widget resizer easier to use

Android 12 Beta 4 makes the widget resizer easier to use

Most of Android 12's visual changes have been pretty well-received overall, but a few of the tweaks have gone just a step too far. With the more prominent focus on widgets, the ability to resize how they appear on your home screen is essential, but if you're struggling to see an outline on the grid, that's not doing you any favors. Luckily, the latest Android 12 beta makes the widget resizer much easier to use, though you'll lose out on some color as a result.

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Google Photos' new widget is starting to roll out

Google Photos' new widget is starting to roll out

Android 12 is completely revitalizing widgets, and even though a public release won't be available until this fall, we're already starting to see the effects. Spotify is working on revamping its music player widget, Chrome is testing out a new quick action search widget, and now, it's time for Google Photos to do the same.

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Android 12 wants to teach you all about those newfangled "widgets" — you probably haven't heard of them

Android 12 wants to teach you all about those newfangled "widgets" — you probably haven't heard of them

Apple just recently invented widgets last year, so naturally Google would want to make sure Pixel-owners are familiar with the idea before rolling out its own version of the feature. Wait, no, that's backwards: Android's had widgets since 2008, and Pixels have enjoyed them for years, including Google's own At-A-Glance widget (now Live Space). Familiar as we all are with the concept, Google has seen fit to explain in Android 12 Beta 3 with a new prompt that the revolutionary new feature can let you "get info without opening apps" and "you can add widgets to your home screen."

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Chrome dusts off widgets, decides they're cool again

Chrome dusts off widgets, decides they're cool again

Android has had widgets long before they came to iOS in any form, but it looks like Apple's recent inclusion of the age-old Android feature is only now making widgets fashionable again. After the Chrome team introduced absolutely gorgeous widgets for iOS, it's now turning its eyes back to Android. As Chrome Story reports, Google has a new search widget with ominous quick actions in the works for an upcoming Chrome release.

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10 things Apple should have changed in iOS 15, but didn't

10 things Apple should have changed in iOS 15, but didn't

With WWDC officially in the rearview mirror, it's obvious that iOS 15 is more about polishing up last year's features than it is boldly treading new paths. That shouldn't be too much of a surprise for anyone paying attention to Apple's software — the company usually follows a tick-tock release for hardware and software alike. iOS 15 brings along some nice enhancements, especially for anyone deep inside the Apple ecosystem, but there's always room for improvement. As someone who cycles back and forth between Android and iOS, there's plenty of things I wish had changed in this year's version.

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iPadOS 15 adds Android-style homescreen widgets and powerful multitasking tools

iPadOS 15 adds Android-style homescreen widgets and powerful multitasking tools

iPad users get some of the best exclusive features for Apple's touchscreen interfaces in iPadOS. That's remaining true with version 15, announced today at Apple's WWDC event. iPads are belatedly getting support for homescreen widgets, which were previously limited to a sidebar, and now work more or less the same as they do on iPhones and Android devices. But it's the large screen multitasking tools that really steal the show.

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8 features I'd love to see Apple announce at WWDC 2021

8 features I'd love to see Apple announce at WWDC 2021

Apple's yearly developer conference, WWDC a.k.a. dub-dub, starts next Monday. For those who aren't familiar with it, it's like I/O but for the Apple ecosystem, and it's where the company announces new software versions and capabilities for its entire product line-up. Over the past couple of years, I've been keeping an eye on the main keynote and news coming out of WWDC for a variety of reasons: I've been a Mac user for 13 years, I've had several iPods and iPads, and I really enjoy being up-to-date with the entire mobile and technology landscape — not just Google. This year, I'm thinking about the conference beforehand and wondering which features I'd love to see from Apple.

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