The “Your books” widget dates back to Android 3.0 Honeycomb in 2011. You can see it in official product shots for the Motorola Xoom. It made use of a staggered carousel where you can see the top-left portion of book covers behind the frontmost one. It was quite resizable spanning from 1×2 to the entire screen.
The new widget features a Play Books icon that you can tap to open the Library tap immediately, while you navigate through the grid (24 works in total) with the upper-right controls. The grid can show between four to eight books and audiobooks, which are marked by headphones. Google will also label samples, while all art features rounded corners. The widget can be resized from 3×3 to 5×3 and features Dynamic Color theming.
Google rolled out this new Material You widget via a server-side update with 5.21.3 being the latest version of Play Books for Android. It’s available on both Pixel and non-Google devices (Samsung) we checked this evening. Meanwhile, Play Books is still using the Google Material Theme and is in need of a Material You redesign.
With this launch, all the Material You widgets that Google explicitly announced are now available. The company did show new widgets for Google Calendar and News in October as part of mockups, but no other details were provided.
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