Google has been rolling out Material You redesigns for its apps for the last few weeks now. In some apps, like YouTube Music, Google Keep, and Google Drive, Google also added new widgets alongside the design changes. Similarly, Google is also adding a new search widget in Google Maps.
We first spotted the in-development widget in an APK teardown of Google Maps v11.0.1 late last month. Now, Reddit user u/neilAndNotNail reports that it has started rolling out (via @MishaalRahman) to some users. The new Google Maps search widget looks a lot like the search widget that rolled out on Google Maps for iOS in August this year. It features a search bar at the top with four or eight navigation shortcuts underneath to help users quickly start navigating to home, work, a nearby gas station, a restaurant, and more.
As you can see in the attached screenshots, the new Google Maps search widget is dynamic. It adjusts the number of navigation shortcuts displayed…