[Update: Gone from the beta too] Twitter removes its homescreen widget support from the latest alpha

Twitter is struggling to figure out what it wants to be when it grows up. Life can be tough when you’re a social network that almost everyone has heard about but no one knows how to use when they’re just joining for the first time.

But despite these tumultuous times at Twitter’s headquarters, the Android app has seen some of its best days in the past few months: an overhauled Material Design inspired interface, a test for a night mode, Android N Direct Reply, and more. But instead of giving something new, the latest Twitter alpha 6.9.0 takes away a feature: the homescreen widget.

If you have the widget added to your homescreen, you will see the above message instead when you’re on the latest alpha. The widget is clearly no longer functional. Whether this change will carry through to the beta and stable versions remains to be seen, but it’s clear that Twitter’s Android developers are at least considering the possibility of removing the widget support altogether. Maybe they found out it wasn’t used all that much and the people who had added it were so few that it didn’t warrant keeping it alive and supported. I guess we’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime, feel free to cry foul in the comments below.

[Source:-Android Central]

Google Maps update removes one feature, replaces it with two brilliant new ones

Google Maps just rolled out a new update to its iPhone app

Google Maps has been updated on iOS.

Interestingly, the new software removes the Travel Times and Transit widgets Google added to Google Maps last month.

Google has not given a reason for the removal, but has instead replaced the iOS 10 widget with a new alternatives in the latest update, which brings the app to version 4.25.0.

The brand-new iOS 10 widget brings traffic time for your location.

The widget, which can be accessed by either swiping left on the Lock Screen or the Home Page of your iOS 10 device, displays a small map showing traffic congestion close to your current location.

The Google Maps widget displays a brief summary of traffic at your locationEXPRESS NEWSPAPERS

The Google Maps widget displays a brief summary of traffic at your location

Tapping the Show More button launches a more detailed map, with wider reaching traffic dataEXPRESS NEWSPAPERS

Tapping the Show More button launches a more detailed map, with wider reaching traffic data

Additionally, the widget offers up a short description of the conditions, something like “Light traffic in your area. Faster than usual.”

It’s a handy way to check the state of the road in your location without the need to login to your Apple device and launch the Google Maps app.

Secondly, the new Google Maps update also brings the ability to search for places along a route while you are already using the turn-by-turn navigation feature.

Back in August, iPhone users were finally given the ability to add multiple stops when planning a single trip on Google Maps.

This feature has long been available on the web version of Google Maps, first introduced in 2015, but has taken an inordinate amount of time to make the jump to mobile, where it debuted on Android devices earlier this year.

In the latest version of Google Maps, it is possible to add more stops from the navigation display.

Simply tap the Search icon and then pick from a list of categories, including Gas Stations, Restaurants – or search for a specific place by name.

Results will be plotted along your current route, where they can then be added to the ongoing turn-by-turn navigation.