Google Now widget spotted in documentation, evidence gets yanked

If you take a look at Google's official documentation for Android, you may have spotted something interesting: an as yet unreleased Google Now widget. The widget, according to the documentation, "displays a summary of your current Google Now cards, either on a Home screen or on the lock screen," and will look like the image below.

The widget is in keeping with Android's new design philosophy, as it features a nice clean design without any fuss. Interacting with the widget brings up the familiar Google Now interface and will, presumably, present the card relevant to the section you touched (e.g. If you touched the stock icon in the widget, the stock information will be displayed). 

It is surprising that Google has not included a home screen widget with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean already, especially as widgets are one of Android's main selling points and a feature that Apple's iOS does not yet have.

Google has pulled the documentation that showed off the above widget which gives this more evidence that the widget is inbound.

Source: Android Central 

 

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As a concept, they're not entirely dissimilar. Google Now seems to be a bit more clever though. It will (in theory) scan your emails and create a "reminder card" when your hotel is booked and were it is. It also learns your workplace and home, so it'll tell you traffic before you leave (it'll also notify you if there's a significant delay getting home, so you can avoid or stay at work until it dies down). Stuff like that (full list here: http://www.google.co.uk/landing/now/)

It's basically context-aware live tiles that change depending on where you are and/or what you're doing. I do wish I had access to it directly on the home screen though.

So google will be reading your emails more, they will know where you live, and what you are doing/planning on doing.. KIND of scary..

and take "kind of scary" lightly... Microsoft can probably do the same if they wanted (or already are) and I can see more things heading in this direction.

It also learns your workplace and home, so it'll tell you traffic before you leave (it'll also notify you if there's a significant delay getting home, so you can avoid or stay at work until it dies down).

Nokia drive's live tiles already do that.

bguy_1986 said,
So google will be reading your emails more, they will know where you live, and what you are doing/planning on doing.. KIND of scary..

and take "kind of scary" lightly... Microsoft can probably do the same if they wanted (or already are) and I can see more things heading in this direction.

Yes Google totally care about your boring life

Yes Google totally care about your boring life

You don't know how google works do you? The more they know about you, the better targeting they can do. That makes them money.

With information Google wouldn't be as rich as they are today. But they have information, from google searches, from email, from websites their ads are displayed in etc. So yes google does care about your boring life because they make money from it.

i find widgets overrated. i find them most of the time useless, annoying and give me the impression to waste unecessary battery.

how do you see it? do you heavily rely on any?

typu said,
i find widgets overrated. i find them most of the time useless, annoying and give me the impression to waste unecessary battery.

how do you see it? do you heavily rely on any?

Only widget I use currently is a weather widget. Does not use excess battery as you can adjust the update intervals. I used to use a battery widget years ago but dont anymore. Didnt notice a battery issue with that widget either.

I only use around 3 as well, calender widget for scheduling, weather widget and G.Tasks for jotting down quick reminders/notes

Calendar, toggle, palmary weather, google plus, currents and play music on my home screens. Battery life hasn't changed noticabily at all. Nexus 4.

recursive said,
Calendar, toggle, palmary weather, google plus, currents and play music on my home screens. Battery life hasn't changed noticabily at all. Nexus 4.

It does change- a lot.

Six widgets in total on my Nexus 7. Music library and player controls on one screen, clock and weather forecast on another and battery monitor & power toggles on yet another screen.

I use the power widgets quite a lot of flicking my GPS and WiFi on and off (or disabling phone rotation when I'm in bed). I also use the Google Search bar and calendar widgets a fair bit too. Mostly though I just have app shortcuts on my home screens.

Gadgets, for me, are definitely one of those things that I don't notice, but I'd really miss them if they were gone.

typu said,
i find widgets overrated. i find them most of the time useless, annoying and give me the impression to waste unecessary battery.

how do you see it? do you heavily rely on any?

I use widgets extensively and don't find them to "waste battery". The HTC Sense widgets are especially well-designed, I use the time/weather, music, calendar, and Notes. Also use power widgets, Soundhound Infinity, Battery Solo Pro. That's the beauty of Android, I have functional screens that show me what I want at a glance, not just a grid of icons.