Google Photos Gets New iOS 14 Home Widgets For iPhone and iPad

Apple’s addition of Home screen widgets with iOS 14 has seen some great additions from developers both big and small. Now Google is getting in on the act with a new round of widgets that are rolling out to the Google Photos app.

The new widgets are part of the Google Photos 5.16 update that is rolling out to the App Store right now and while the update notes don’t mention widgets, the original report note that they will surface “memories” every time you use your phone’s Home screen.

The “Your memories” widget is available in the standard three sizes (2×2, 4×2, and 4×4) and shows “recently highlighted photos & videos, and special moments from previous years.”

It’s basically the stories-esque carousel that Google added last year to the top of the Photos app. The bottom-right corner of each widget notes how many years ago an image was captured, with the app sticking to a “this week” time range

Google has historically been slow to update its apps to take advantage of additions to iOS and iPadOS. It’s actually gotten things ready quicker than normal here, with iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 having only been available for around 5 weeks. Developers like Google have been able to test their widgets since WWDC in June, of course.

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Google has been able to get the updated Google Photos app out the door just in time for everyone to install it on their new iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro – both of which go on sale in just a few hours.

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