The Google Pixel launcher, which comes pre-installed in Google devices, comprises of unique features that are later ported on to other launchers usually. But now, the latest update of the Google app beta for Android devices comes with the “At a glance” widget that was previously just available only on the Google Pixel smartphones.
With the “At a glance” widget, you will be able to see the date and will also be able to see the current weather. But it is necessary for you to install and have the Google news as well as weather app on your handset. The Pixel Launcher version also displays how much time is remaining to a certain event saved by you, but this function lacks in the version provided by the Google app. The updated Google app beta is available for smartphones running on Android 7.0 OS or higher.
While a tap on the weather on the right side will take you to Google’s weather app, tapping on the date, located on the left side, will not bring you anywhere unless you have saved a calendar appointment in the Google calendar app. If you do have an appointment saved then that will show up on the top of the widget, in place of the date and weather. The location of the appointment will appear on the second line in smaller font size. The weather information will be next to the location of the appointment.
Google’s intentions are currently not yet known and at the moment we cannot confirm whether or not the company has plans to roll out a stable version of the “At a glance” widget for the public anytime soon. However, we can only assume that the chances for this are high.
Coming back, if you are a beta tester of the Google app for the Android version then make sure that your Android device is running on an OS version 8.1. If not then go to the Google Play Store and open it. Next, tap on my apps & games which appear on the side panel of the app. Check to see if there is an update to the Google app for your device. If yes then click on the “Update” option. After the latest version of the Google app is installed, check out for the Google widgets available for your handset. There you should be able to see the “At a glance” widget ready for you to use on to your phone.