Android 12 is rolling out now to current Pixel phones, and Google took the Pixel 6 launch as an opportunity to preview more Material You widgets from major first-party apps.

With the Material You redesign of Gmail, the widget was updated to support a touch of Dynamic Color theming in the top bar and compose FAB. However, the general layout was unchanged from before. 

A new Gmail Material You widget will give you a “personalized quick glance” at your inbox with messages displayed in cards that note the sender and subject line, as well as time received. There’s an archive shortcut at the end of each line, while there are buttons for writing a new email, Chat, Spaces, and Meet at the right edge. It’s very similarly modeled after the Google Keep widget. 

In the Workspace family, Google Drive’s new widget provides “quick access to your most important files.” There’s a pill-shaped search field and upload button, while a scrollable list is below. This switches to a 2×1 grid when compacted. 

On the consumer app front, YouTube Music is getting a new widget that combines Now Playing with suggested tracks. The concept is similar to YouTube Music on iOS. Unfortunately, thumbs-up and play/pause are the only available controls in the top row.  

Elsewhere, we see the new widget shapes/styles for Google Photos, as well as another look at Google Maps

Google did not say when these new Android 12 Material You widgets for each app are coming out, but all the others (Keep, Weather, and Clock) shown in the Twitter thread are already available.

More on Android 12:

FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links. More.


Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:

You’re reading 9to5Google — experts who break news about Google and its surrounding ecosystem, day after day. Be sure to check out our homepage for all the latest news, and follow 9to5Google on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to stay in the loop. Don’t know where to start? Check out our exclusive stories, reviews, how-tos, and subscribe to our YouTube channel

About the Author