At this point, Google’s biggest Android apps have been updated with Material You. Redesigns are widely rolled out, but widget availability varies depending on whether you have a Pixel or Samsung device running Android 12. The following is our running tally of which Google app Material You widgets are available where.
The vast majority of Google’s new Material You widgets are available for all new Android devices. We specifically checked on Samsung’s One UI 4.1 (Android 12):
This Material You redesign replaces the original Honeycomb UI.
In September, Google updated Calendar’s two widgets with Dynamic Color and other visual tweaks. It’s not a drastic redesign (yet), but it did help the widgets better fit in on Android 12.
The Chrome widgets are not strictly Material You and originated on iOS first, but they are widely available.
All five Material You Clock widgets — including face customizations (Scallop, Numeral, Day, Clover) — are offered.
Drive quick actions and suggested files are also available on devices older than Android 12.
This widget looks to be limited to a size variant — at least on tablets — where the Chat, Spaces, and Meet shortcuts can only be placed on the bottom edge instead of the right.
While visually similar to Gmail, Keep’s shortcuts appear on the right edge.
Both the People & Pets and Your memories widgets are available.
In the long run, there’s no reason for any of the following widgets to be Pixel exclusive. A wider rollout is probably in the works.
The “Quickly find places nearby” widget with a search field that immediately opens Google Maps and keyboard is only found on the Pixel. There’s also a row of shortcuts to quickly start a nearby search.
The two Weather widgets are only found on Pixel and do not appear under the Google app anywhere else.
The excellent and versatile “Recently Played” widget is only available on Pixel, but Turntable can be found on Samsung devices.
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