Widgets in iOS 10: Notifications, streaming videos, 3D Touch and more

Apple’s use of the term “widgets” may not match what Android users consider a widget, but at the end of the day the two distinct approaches serve the same purpose: To provide snippets of information at a glance.

With iOS 10, widgets are still displayed in the Today view, and can still be accessed by sliding down the Notification Center and swiping to the left.

However, you can now access widgets in more places and they can and (eventually) do more.

More than just notifications on your lock screen

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iOS 10’s lock screen has completely changed. Beyond the new unlocking method (which requires you to click the home button), you now swipe to the left to view your widgets. Using this same gesture, you can view widgets to the left of your main home screen on an unlocked device.

On an iPhone, you’ll see a single column, while on an iPad there are now two columns of widgets. You can edit the left and right side, or the single column but scrolling to the bottom of your widgets and tapping on Edit. Select the green “+” icon to add a widget, or the red “-” to remove one. Tap and hold on the three lined icon to put your respective widgets in order.

On a locked device, when you attempt to view a widget where personal information can come into play, such as the Activity widget, you will need to place your finger on the home button to unlock your device. Notice, you don’t actually press the home button to open the home screen. With your device unlocked, information in the Activity or Find My Friends (just two current examples) will fill in.

3D Touch

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Beyond iOS 10 widgets hiding just off the left side of your screen, apps that have been updated for iOS 10 can now show a widget when you Force Touch on its icon.

Pressing on an app icon reveals the standard shortcuts, plus a widget regardless of whether or not you’ve added it to your curated list in the Today View.

If you haven’t added a particular widget but want to, you can tap on the Add widget button when viewing it.

Streaming video, interaction and more!

Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET

Now that we know how to access widgets in iOS 10, let’s talk about just what you can do with widgets.

While viewing your widgets, you will notice a button in the top-right corner of some widgets that says “Show more.” Selecting it will expand the widget. For something like the Calendar widget, you’ll see more of your upcoming agenda, whereas the Weather widget will show you the week’s forecast along with current conditions.

During the iOS 10 announcement, Apple used a sports app to demonstrate viewing stats for a basketball game and video highlights directly within the widget. This is an area of iOS 10 that will undoubtedly grow in feature set now that iOS 10 has officially launched and as developers begin to push updates to the masses.

[Source:-Cnet]

iOS 10: Widgets und das Kontrollzentrum

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Widgets! Die kleinen Helferlein gibt es bei Apple schon länger, doch in iOS 10 wird ihnen auf dem iPhone mehr Raum eingeräumt. iOS 10 funktioniert übrigens von den beiden neuen 7er-Versionen bis runter zum iPhone 5, auch wenn es dort etwas langsamer laufen dürfte.

Widgets: Wann fährt der nächste Bus?

Eine App suchen und starten dauert. Das geht mit Widgets schneller. Jeder Entwickler kann für seine Anwendung so ein „Helferlein“ anbieten. Wischen Sie im ersten Startbildschirm auf dem iPhone nach rechts. Ganz oben ist das Spotlight-Suchfeld, gleich darunter Wochentag und Datum. Nun folgen die Widgets. Es sind Informationen aus installierten Apps. Man sieht die Informationen, ohne die eigentliche App öffnen zu müssen. Ist mein Paket schon angekommen? Wann fährt der nächste Bus an meiner Haltestelle? Gibt es hier in der Nähe ein nettes Café? Wann und vor allem wo beginnt mein nächster Termin? Die Widgets liefern Antworten.

Im Widget-Fenster sieht man auch Nachrichten-Schlagzeilen aus der Apple-App News. Praktisch, doch kann man die Inhalte leider nicht seinen Wünschen anpassen, da die App immer noch nicht im deutschen App-Store (Stand: 13. September 2016) verfügbar ist. Ich hoffe, das holt Apple bald nach.

Welche Widgets und vor allem in welcher Reihenfolge Sie sehen, legen Sie fest. Wischen Sie bei den Widgets ganz nach unten und tippen auf Bearbeiten. Nun können Sie installierte Widgets löschen (Einfahrt-verboten-Symbol) oder verschieben (drei Linien gedrückt halten und verschieben). Weiter unten finden Sie verfügbare Widgets Ihrer installierten Apps, die Sie mit einem Fingertipp auf das grün-weiße Plus aktivieren.

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Kontrollzentrum: alles im Griff

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Das Kontrollzentrum bietet Zugriff auf die wichtigsten Einstellungen des iPhones

Im Kontrollzentrum wird es bunter. Die Icons zum Flugmodus, WLAN, Bluetooth, Nachtmodus und der Ausrichtungssperre werden farbig, sobald sie aktiviert sind. Wer sich jetzt fragt: Kontrollzentrum, wo ist das denn? Einfach mit dem Finger vom unteren Bildschirmrand hoch wischen.

Hier kommen Sie schneller zu den Einstellungen für AirPlay, AirDrop und dem NightShift-Modus. Außerdem bietet es Zugriff auf die Taschenlampe, Taschenrechner, Kamera und alle Uhr-Funktionen (Wecker, Stoppuhr, Weltuhr, Timer und jetzt neu: die Schlafenszeiten.)

Ein Wisch des aktiven Kontrollzentrums bringt Sie zur Mediensteuerung. Hier sieht man, welcher Titel gerade (im Hintergrund) läuft. Sie können pausieren, in der Playliste vor- oder zurückspringen und die Lautstärke verändern (was natürlich mit den seitlichen Knöpfen am iPhone schneller geht). Praktisch ist am unteren Rand die Auswahl des Wiedergabegeräts. Musik- und Hörbücher können nicht nur über die iPhone-Lautsprecher gehört werden. Hier sehen Sie die zur Verfügung stehenden Kopfhörer, AirPlay- und Bluetooth-Geräte.

Ob Sie das Kontrollzentrum auch bei aktiven Apps oder im Sperrbildschirm „hoch wischen“ können, legen Sie unter Einstellungen > Kontrollzentrum fest. Nachteil: Bei wilder Spiel-Action wischen Sie eventuell das Kontrollzentrum ins Bild und Ihr Spiel ist unterbrochen. Vorteil: Sie lesen einen Artikel, schauen in einer App während gerade Musik läuft. Der aktuelle Titel ist doof, einfach das Kontrollzentrum hoch wischen, ein Wisch nach links und in der Mediensteuerung einen Song weiter springen.

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¿Nuevo iPhone o iPad? Cómo configurar y exprimir los widgets en iOS 10

Mañana de Reyes, regalos que se abren en casa con la familia. Acabas de recibir un iPhone o iPad nuevo y ya estás trasteando con él. Estrenar un dispositivo nuevo y que te gusta es estupendo. Ahora que estás poniéndolo a punto, trasladando tus datos desde iCloud e instalando apps nuevas, es el momento de configurar los widgets en iOS 10.

Los widgets hicieron aparición en iOS 8 y desde entonces, los usuarios de iPhone, iPod Touch y iPad podemos utilizarlos. Sin embargo, muchos usuarios desconocen cómo pueden ayudarles en su día a día. Veamos cómo aprovechar los widgets de iOS 10 al máximo.

¿Qué es un widget en iOS 10?

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En informática, un widget es un elemento de la interfaz que nos muestra una determinada información. Los widgets se han trasladado desde los ordenadores a los smartphones, convirtiéndose en una parte que muchos usuarios consideran fundamental en sus dispositivos. Android los introdujo mucho antes que iOS. Hace dos años y con el lanzamiento de iOS 8, los usuarios de iPhone y iPad también podemos disfrutarlos.

¿Cómo accedo a un widget en mi iPhone o iPad?

Existen dos formas principales de acceder a los widgets en un dispositivo con iOS 10. La primera es desde la pantalla de bloqueo, deslizando la pantalla hacia la izquierda (en sentido contrario al acceso de la cámara). La segunda es desde la Home o pantalla de inicio, también hacia la izquierda en la primera página de apps.

Existe una tercera manera de acceder a un widget, aunque se limita a solo dos de ellos: el buscador de Spotlight y las sugerencias de apps de Siri.

¿Para qué sirven los widgets?

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En su versión más simple, los widgets en iOS 10 nos proporcionan información concreta sobre apps o servicios determinados. Por ejemplo, el tiempo que hace en nuestra ciudad. Al acceder a los widgets veremos la información sobre el tiempo meteorológico de la ciudad que hayamos escogido: temperatura (actual, mínima y máxima del día), estado del tiempo (sol, nubes, lluvia, etc.) y probabilidad de lluvia.

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Algunos widgets ofrecen la posibilidad de ver más información con un botón que dice “Mostrar más”. En el caso del tiempo, veremos el pronóstico de los días siguientes. Además de mostrar información, sirven de acceso directo a la app de la que muestran información. Es decir, si tocamos el widget del tiempo, nos abrirá esta app automáticamente.

Otras apps como Mapas o Google Maps pueden mostrar rutas rápidas hacia un destino determinado o el tráfico que hay hasta nuestra próxima cita en la agenda. La utilidad varía en función de la app.

¿Cómo configuro los widgets en iOS 10?

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Desde cualquiera de las dos “pantallas” de widgets. Ve al final del todo hasta que veas un botón de editar con forma circular. Accederás al menú desde el que puedes añadir o quitar widgets en iOS 10, además de cambiarlos de sitio.

En la parte superior y junto a un símbolo menos en un círculo rojo, están los widgets activos. Debajo de ellos se encuentran el resto de widgets disponibles que puedes activar pero que no se muestran en tu pantalla de widgets. Para añadirlos, toca el botón verde con el símbolo más.

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También podremos organizar el orden en el que aparecen los widgets. En este mismo menú y en la parte de los widgets activos, cada uno tiene tres líneas paralelas. Si tocamos y arrastramos este símbolo, podremos mover el widget donde queramos.

Widgets no oficiales de terceros

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Algunas de las apps que vienen de serie en iOS tienen widgets propios. Las apps que descargues de la App Store también pueden integrar sus widgets y hay algunas que así lo hacen. Dropbox, Google Maps, Flipboard y Shazam son algunas de las apps más populares que ofrecen diferentes widgets.

Su funcionamiento y configuración es exactamente igual que los de Apple. No tendrás más que editar, añadir y mover para tener tus favoritos a mano.

Utiliza apps de automatización avanzada

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Si lo tuyo es un uso más avanzado de los widgets, hay dos apps que no te puedes perder. Se trata de Workflow, de la que Cristian Rus nos habló hace tiempo, y Launch Center Pro. Se trata de dos apps que automatizan acciones en iOS con el objetivo de ahorrar tiempo y pasos en tareas repetitivas.

Para los que le interesen la automatización o ya utilicen esta app, incorporar algunas de sus acciones a los widgets de iOS 10 es una gran idea.

Menos es más

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Esto es una recomendación más personal. Como hemos visto, los widgets tienen por objetivo mostrar información con rapidez y proporcionar accesos directos a determinadas apps y acciones. Por tanto, la rapidez de acceso y visualización es primordial.

Es por esto que la mejor manera de aprovechar los widgets de iOS es eligiendo sólo los que son esenciales. En mi iPhone tengo configurados seis de ellos: actividad, sugerencias de apps, batería, tiempo, destinos en Mapas y consumo de mi tarifa de datos. Si tienes que estar deslizando la pantalla hasta encontrar el que necesitas, al final cuesta más tiempo que acceder a la propia app.

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Apple iOS 10.2 Latest News: iOS Update Intensifies Bad Battery Life Issue

Apple’s iOS 10.2 has been introduced to improve the user experience, especially with iPhones. With that, Apple users who have been experiencing serious problems with their batteries had been anxiously anticipating the release of iOS 10.2. However, recent updates may have resulted to the contrary, as concerns regarding bad battery life continues to surface online.

Apple’s iOS 10.2 update has been getting bad reviews lately as it seemed to have intensified the bad battery issue from the previous version. After updating their devices to iOS 10.2, many consumers have reported experiencing the so-called 30 percent battery bug.

Previously, Apple acknowledged a problem with some iPhone 6s units and older iPhone models. Once the remaining charge reaches 30 percent, the phones shut down as if they had run out of power. Apple explained that air contaminated individual battery components, and that freak occurrence is responsible for the current shutdowns. A free repair was offered for those units affected. However, only iPhone 6s units sold in September and October 2015 are eligible for the free repair.

Many Apple enthusiasts hoped Apple’s iOS 10.2 update would include a fix for the aggravating issue. However, for some users, the battery problems plaguing many older iPhone models have only gotten worse. The battery life reading and display may have also been affected by the update. It goes from 30 percent to 1 percent but stays at that 1 percent reading for a significant period of time.

Some people are now searching for methods on how to prolong iPhone battery life, while waiting for Apple to solve the iOs 10.2 issue. Some helpful remedies and tips to conserve battery life on iPhone include turning off Raise to Wake function of the device. This would help avoid unnecessary battery use, especially if users regularly pick the unit or swing it in their hand while walking. Another remedy is to get rid of any widget, as most widgets would consume batter power to keep up to date. Turning off background applications may also prolong battery life.

[SOURCE:-Mobile apps]

Handy widgets for Android & iOS

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ZOOPER

Once you place this widget on the home screen, you can customise what it shows you. Choose from a list of options (time, weather, system info, calendar entries and so on). Each option gives you multiple display styles for each type of in formation (text, icon, animated graphic and so on). You can also choose the behavior of the widget when it is tapped.

CIRCLE LAUNCHER

CircleLauncher is a widget that functions as a virtual launcher button on your home-screen. Tap the button to access and launch your favorite apps, contacts and web bookmarks. You can have the shortcut icons appear in a circle or in a horizontal vertical line as per your preference.

CHESS NINJA

Place this widget on one of your home panels to have a game of chess available to you at any time. The game includes option of undo or redo and you can leave the game mid-way and continue where you left off. The only thing we don’t like is that there is no way to change the level of difficulty or play against a person.

SLIDER WIDGET – VOLUMES

With this widget on your home panel, you can quickly adjust volumes for voice calls, notifications, alarms, media and ringtone with one touch. It also includes a slider to adjust the screen brightness.

POWER TOGGLES

You can choose to integrate this widget on the home-panel or in the dropdown notification panel. It offers you the option to add one-tap shortcuts to various functions like WiFi, data, brightness, GPS, music controls and flashlight for quicker access.

DASHCLOCK

This is one of our favorite all-in-one widgets for Android. It lets you customise your home panel with time, weather, a Gmail unread count and alarms. You can even add more extensions to the widget if you need more information like WhatsApp chats, music player info, battery status and so on.

WHATSAPP

For WhatsApp’s addicts, the iOS widget allows for a quicker way to get back to four of the most recent chat icons -it shows these chats in your notification bar along with an unread message count. Tap the name to open it directly within the app.

AUTHY

Two factor authentication is recommended to protect your accounts from hacking. Authy makes it easy to generate codes for all the services that use Google Authenticator, right from your iPhoneiPad’s notification center.

STEVE

Familiar with the running T-Rex dinosaur game that appears in Google Chrome when it can’t find an internet connection? Well, that dinosaur has a name -Steve! You can now play the same game as a notification widget on iOS. Bring the notification center down and tap the widget to start playing.

LAUNCHER

As is evident from the name itself, this widget lets you add your favorite apps as well as functions (call mom, message wife, navigate home) on the drop-down notification panel for faster access. You can even have multiple rows of the widget to fit more of your favourites in.

HEAPO

This one is a clipboard management widget that makes it easy to copy and paste text, links as well as photos on from one location to another. You can choose to copy multiple items to the clipboard and then paste them individually in to other apps. It also supports copy-paste across multiple devices.

DATAMAN

This widget tracks and displays your WiFi3G4G data usage on the notification panel. It lets you set monthly data limits and shows how much you have left in real time. A smart forecast feature can predict your data usage based on usage in previous months.

MACID

Using this handy widget, you can unlock your Mac laptop or desktop using your iPhoneiPad using fingerprint scanning, passcode and even proximity . The app uses Bluetooth for connecting the two devices so make sure that Bluetooth is not off on either device.

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iOS 10.2 is now available

On November 1 Apple started the beta testing period for iOS 10.2, and today, little over one month later, the final release is up for grabs. iOS 10.2 is available to all supported devices, so if you have one of those expect to see the update notification very soon (if you haven’t already). You can also install the new release via iTunes.

iOS 10.2 introduces more than 100 new emoji and new wallpapers and iMessage screen effects. It also marks the debut of Apple’s new TV app (US-only for now), meant to help Apple TV owners easily find things to watch, and view their purchased movies and TV shows from multiple services. The Emergency SOS feature will contact emergency services when you press the power button five times, while the Music app has received bigger Shuffle and Repeat buttons.

Camera settings don’t reset anymore when you restart the app, and you can expect to see additional video widgets and single sign-on support for cable subscribers in the US. Live Photos have been improved, while the News app gets a Saved section where you can go back to the stories you’ve decided to keep around for later. You can also swipe left or tap Next Story while reading to get to another news item.

[Source:-Gsm Arena]

Google Maps On iOS To Have ‘Nearby Traffic Widget’

Google’s endless quest to create the perfect Maps app continues unabated with the release of another update pushed out to its legions of devoted iPhone users on Thursday. It was announced the new “Nearby Traffic” widget that pretty much does what it says on the tin, indicating traffic conditions along your route.

If you are that kind of person who wants to plan ahead and prepare various contingencies for traffic and whatnot, the latest update to Google Maps on iOS might something you might like. Google is now introducing a new widget in the form of “Nearby Traffic” which shows the current traffic around your location. This may help you detect what are the areas you can avoid for you to have a smooth drive.

Google Maps On iOS To Have ‘Nearby Traffic Widget’

According to 9to5 Mac, the latest update to Google Maps brings a new widget the displays traffic time for your location. The widget, seen below, displays a small map showing traffic congestion, with red depicting slow movement and green representing smooth sailing. Additionally, the widget offers up a description. Depending on conditions, the widget will read something along the lines of, “Light traffic in your area. Faster than usual.”

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In addition, the announced update today seems to remove the Travel Times and Transit widgets that were brought to Google Maps just last month. It’s unclear why Google removed them and if they’re coming back, but for now, Nearby Traffic is the only widget available.

Ubergizmo reported that the new widget will also give a very brief description about the traffic, like “Light traffic in your area” and “Faster than usual”. It has also the ability to search for places along a route while you’re using the app’s turn-by-turn navigation feature. From the navigation display, you can tap the “Search” icon and choose from “Gas Stations” and “Restaurants” criteria or search for a specific place.

How To Update Your iOS Smartphone’s Google Maps

In any case, if you have yet to update your app or download Google Maps for iOS, then head on over to the iTunes App Store for the latest update.

[Source:-iT]

10 great iOS 10 widgets that should be on every iPhone

Best iOS 10 Widgets

It might not be tomorrow. It might not even be five years from now. But some day, Apple’s iOS platform will support home screen widgets. Apple’s unique iOS widget implementation is thought of by some as offering the best of both worlds. Widget support is there and it’s somewhat versatile, but widgets are buried off screen, forcing users to swipe to the right on either the lock screen or the first home screen in order to access the widget pane. On one hand, this allows iOS to support widgets without causing a big drain on the battery. On the other, it means zero-touch access to information, which is arguably the best thing about mobile widgets, is not possible.

Since iOS 10 widgets are hidden off screen, many people don’t even both using the feature. But we’re here to tell you that it’s time to give widgets another shot on your iPhone — and in this post, we’ll show you 10 iOS 10 widgets that should be installed on every iPhone.

A recent thread on Reddit made me realize how often I actually do use widgets. I was pretty skeptical of how useful iOS widgets would be when Apple first introduced them, considering how limited their utility was (and still is). Though they are indeed limited compared to Android widgets, iOS 10 widgets can still be incredibly useful.

Whether or not you currently use any widgets on your iPhone, you’ll find links to 10 different iOS 10 widgets that you should definitely check out below.

AirLaunch Pro

This is easily one of my favorite iOS 10 widgets. It allows you to create a wide range of custom actions that are all accessible with a single tap from within an AirLaunch widget. Examples of how I use the widget include accessing the iPhone’s hotspot and VPN features each with a single touch, and copying my address to the clipboard so I can quickly and easily paste it into an email or elsewhere. Of course, that’s just the tip of the iceberg with this nifty app.

Download AirLaunch Pro

Nearby Traffic

Everyone uses the Google Maps app, but did you know there are a bunch of useful iOS 10 widgets baked in? The Nearby Traffic widget gives you instant access to information about traffic around your current location.

Download Google Maps

Nearby Transit

Another great iOS 10 widget baked into Google Maps is the Nearby Transit widget, which makes it insanely easy to find public transit nearby.

Download Google Maps

Fantastical 2

The best calendar widget in the App Store, hands down.

Download Fantastical 2

Copied

Copied is a great clipboard manager that saves things you copy to your clipboard so you can access more than just the last text you copied.

Download Copied

Workflow

Workflow is an endlessly useful automation app, and the widget is just as endlessly useful as the app itself.

Download Workflow

Deliveries

This app makes it incredibly simple to track all of the packages en route to your home or office, and now you don’t even have to open the app to get updates.

Download Deliveries

Stocks Widget

This free widget lets you see what your entire portfolio is doing in near real time with a single swipe to your widget panel.

Download Stocks Widget

MiniStats

This nifty widget shows you information such as how much cellular data you’ve used in your current billing cycle.

Download MiniStats

Dark Sky

The best iOS weather app also packs one of the best iOS 10 weather widgets. Instead of blasting you with all kinds of weather data you don’t need, Dak Sky shows you the current weather conditions, the day’s high and low, and the likelihood of precipitation for the next hour.

Download Dark Sky

BONUS

I didn’t list this among the 10 widgets above since not everyone has an August Smart Lock, but if you do have one, you absolutely must check out the widget. Instead of having to fumble with the app on your phone or your Apple Watch, the August widget lets you either lock or unlock your Smart Lock with a single tap.

[Source:-BGR]

10 great iOS 10 widgets that should be on every iPhone

Best iOS 10 Widgets

It might not be tomorrow. It might not even be five years from now. But some day, Apple’s iOS platform will support home screen widgets. Apple’s unique iOS widget implementation is thought of by some as offering the best of both worlds. Widget support is there and it’s somewhat versatile, but widgets are buried off screen, forcing users to swipe to the right on either the lock screen or the first home screen in order to access the widget pane. On one hand, this allows iOS to support widgets without causing a big drain on the battery. On the other, it means zero-touch access to information, which is arguably the best thing about mobile widgets, is not possible.

Since iOS 10 widgets are hidden off screen, many people don’t even both using the feature. But we’re here to tell you that it’s time to give widgets another shot on your iPhone — and in this post, we’ll show you 10 iOS 10 widgets that should be installed on every iPhone.

A recent thread on Reddit made me realize how often I actually do use widgets. I was pretty skeptical of how useful iOS widgets would be when Apple first introduced them, considering how limited their utility was (and still is). Though they are indeed limited compared to Android widgets, iOS 10 widgets can still be incredibly useful.

Whether or not you currently use any widgets on your iPhone, you’ll find links to 10 different iOS 10 widgets that you should definitely check out below.

AirLaunch Pro

This is easily one of my favorite iOS 10 widgets. It allows you to create a wide range of custom actions that are all accessible with a single tap from within an AirLaunch widget. Examples of how I use the widget include accessing the iPhone’s hotspot and VPN features each with a single touch, and copying my address to the clipboard so I can quickly and easily paste it into an email or elsewhere. Of course, that’s just the tip of the iceberg with this nifty app.

Download AirLaunch Pro

Nearby Traffic

Everyone uses the Google Maps app, but did you know there are a bunch of useful iOS 10 widgets baked in? The Nearby Traffic widget gives you instant access to information about traffic around your current location.

Download Google Maps

Nearby Transit

Another great iOS 10 widget baked into Google Maps is the Nearby Transit widget, which makes it insanely easy to find public transit nearby.

Download Google Maps

Fantastical 2

The best calendar widget in the App Store, hands down.

Download Fantastical 2

Copied

Copied is a great clipboard manager that saves things you copy to your clipboard so you can access more than just the last text you copied.

Download Copied

Workflow

Workflow is an endlessly useful automation app, and the widget is just as endlessly useful as the app itself.

Download Workflow

Deliveries

This app makes it incredibly simple to track all of the packages en route to your home or office, and now you don’t even have to open the app to get updates.

Download Deliveries

Stocks Widget

This free widget lets you see what your entire portfolio is doing in near real time with a single swipe to your widget panel.

Download Stocks Widget

MiniStats

This nifty widget shows you information such as how much cellular data you’ve used in your current billing cycle.

Download MiniStats

Dark Sky

The best iOS weather app also packs one of the best iOS 10 weather widgets. Instead of blasting you with all kinds of weather data you don’t need, Dak Sky shows you the current weather conditions, the day’s high and low, and the likelihood of precipitation for the next hour.

Download Dark Sky

BONUS

I didn’t list this among the 10 widgets above since not everyone has an August Smart Lock, but if you do have one, you absolutely must check out the widget. Instead of having to fumble with the app on your phone or your Apple Watch, the August widget lets you either lock or unlock your Smart Lock with a single tap.

[Source:-BGR]

Google Maps iOS update brings ‘Nearby Traffic’ widget, pit stop function

Google Maps, Google maps ios update, Google maps v4.25.0, Goole maps ios widgets, nearby traffic ios widget, add stop on google maps, new google maps ios features, navigation, technology, technology newsGoogle’s latest update to the Google Maps app (v 4.25.0) on iOS brings forth a new feature: “Nearby Traffic” widget. The update brings optimisation for the iOS 10 widgets functionality, and also adds a new feature that will make it easier to find a place to stop during a ride.

The ‘Nearby Traffic’ widget does exactly what it says on the update, and gives users information of traffic conditions near their location in real-time without having to open the Google Maps app. It will be able tell you if there is light or heavy traffic in your area, and also display any delays you can expect.

This functionality is already available for Android users, and appears in the notifications area whenever Google Maps assesses moderate to heavy traffic. In case the traffic is light, the information that will be shown would be ‘light traffic in your area’ or ‘faster than usual’.

To add the ‘Nearby Traffic’ widget to your iOS device, simply swipe right on your home screen and access the widget. Then, scroll down to the bottom and select edit. Then you can add the Google Maps widget to your existing ones, and move it around for optimum placement. iOS already has two other widgets that allow you to find ‘Travel Times’ to home/work and a ‘Public Transport Nearby’ widget.

Read: OnePlus 3T launched in India: Sale date, price, specifications and features

The new update also brings the ability for users to search for nearby places (like restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores and petrol pumps) while they are using the turn-by-turn feature navigation in the Google Maps app. Once you have started your journey, you can simply tap on the search icon on the top right and select any of the options to ‘Add Stop’. This eliminates the need to turn off navigation just to look for pit stops along the way.

Google has been hosting an aggressive advertising and marketing campaign in India. Billboards with Google Maps adds, especially on how to use the service in Hindi are all over Delhi, and the product has emerged as very useful one in India. The offline maps feature has also proved to be an important one.

In the capital, Google Maps is probably the best way to gauge traffic conditions, given the kind of traffic jams that take place on a daily basis. Now the new widget in iOS should make it more convenient for users who are relying on Google Maps for their daily navigation.

[Source:-Tech i.e]