Google has announced a major update to its At a Glance widget, which is a part of the Google Assistant app on Android devices. The widget, which shows relevant information such as weather, calendar events, and reminders, will now use artificial intelligence (AI) to provide more personalized and useful information at a glance.
AI-powered widget to show flight and travel updates
One of the new features of the At a Glance widget is that it will use AI to show flight and travel updates based on the information stored in the user’s Google account. For example, if the user has booked a flight ticket or a hotel reservation through Google, the widget will show the flight status, boarding time, check-in time, and other details at a glance. The widget will also show weather information for the destination and suggest things to do there.
The widget will also use AI to show dynamic travel updates, such as traffic conditions, public transit options, and alternative routes. The widget will also alert the user if there are any delays or disruptions in their travel plans and offer solutions.
Widget to integrate with other Google apps and services
Another feature of the At a Glance widget is that it will integrate with other Google apps and services, such as Google Photos, Google Maps, Google News, and YouTube. For example, if the user has taken a photo with their phone camera, the widget will show a preview of the photo and suggest editing options or sharing options. The widget will also show relevant news stories, videos, and podcasts based on the user’s interests and preferences.
The widget will also work with third-party apps and services, such as Zoom, Spotify, Netflix, and Uber. For example, if the user has scheduled a Zoom meeting or a Netflix party, the widget will show the meeting link or the party code and allow the user to join with one tap. The widget will also show music recommendations from Spotify or ride options from Uber based on the user’s location and activity.
Widget to be available on Android 9 and above
The updated At a Glance widget will be available on all Android devices running Android 9 Pie or above. The widget can be accessed by swiping right from the home screen or by tapping on the Google Assistant icon on the bottom left corner of the screen. The widget can also be customized by the user to show or hide certain information or to change the appearance and layout of the widget.
Google said that the new features of the At a Glance widget are powered by its advanced AI technology, which can understand the context and intent of the user and provide relevant information at the right time. Google said that the new features are part of its vision to make Android more helpful and personalized for its users.