Google Maps Gains Home Screen Widgets on iPhone

Google today updated its Google Maps app for the iPhone to add support for widgets that can be added both to the Today View and the Home Screen.

google maps ios widgets
There are two separate widget options. The first allows users to check traffic conditions, store opening times, restaurant reviews, and more for a given location, while the second is designed to let users find places that are nearby like restaurants, gas stations, and grocery stores.

The widget can be used to get quick access to home directions as well, and it has a search interface available for inputting directions right from the ‌Home Screen‌.

The Google Maps widget can be accessed using the "+" button either in the Today View or on the ‌Home Screen‌ after downloading the latest version of the app. [Direct Link]

Top Rated Comments

ForkHandles Avatar
17 months ago
Have successfully managed a month with no Google on my Apple devices, changed all of the default search engines to Duck Duck Go.
I haven’t noticed any decline in search engine service.
Privacy feels good.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
genovelle Avatar
17 months ago

Have successfully managed a month with no Google on my Apple devices, changed all of the default search engines to Duck Duck Go.
I haven’t noticed any decline in search engine service.
Privacy feels good.
I did this 2 years ago maybe 3. Privacy feels great!
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
smuzzy Avatar
17 months ago

Interesting read but tough to find any supporting info/sites while easy to find pro-DDG sites. Is techrights.org a trusted source in the privacy world vs others like:

https://proprivacy.com/blog/duckduckgo-safe

Not discounting your post, just confused as there seem to be many differences of opinion on the subject and this is not my area of expertise.
In open source circles, techrights.org has been known to be conspiratorial, alarmist clickbait for many, many years.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
contacos Avatar
17 months ago

Have successfully managed a month with no Google on my Apple devices, changed all of the default search engines to Duck Duck Go.
I haven’t noticed any decline in search engine service.
Privacy feels good.
sorry to burst that bubble but better than nothing I guess

http://techrights.org/2020/07/02/ddg-privacy-abuser-in-disguise/
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Deguello Avatar
17 months ago

sorry to burst that bubble but better than nothing I guess

http://techrights.org/2020/07/02/ddg-privacy-abuser-in-disguise/
“DDG patronizes privacy-abuser Amazon, using AWS for hosting.” Oh, no! They use AWS.

Their issues seem pretty minor. Unless, I guess, accusing someone of being a capitalist who wants to build a big company counts for a lot.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rp100 Avatar
17 months ago
How does location security work with this? Does the widget get continuous access to your coordinates or only when you actually interact with it?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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