The Google Pixel launcher that comes pre-installed on Google’s devices brings some unique features that usually are ported to other launchers. One of the features called “At a glance” can now be enabled on every Android device via latest beta of Google app.
“At a glance” is a useful widget that shows the date and current weather. It also reminds you of upcoming events from your calendar. The Pixel Launcher version even shows how much time is left to a certain event, but the version provided by the Google app lacks this function. Nevertheless, an updated beta that started to roll out this morning adds an option to enable the “At a glance” widget on every Android device.
At the moment we can’t confirm whether or not Google plans to roll out this feature via the stable channel. We can only assume that probability is high. What do we know about the widget? It’s 4/5 x 1 and does not offer any form of resizing. It is also nearly identical to the one available on the landing page of the Pixel Launcher. We highly recommend comparing both versions. You can learn more about rootless Pixel Launcher from an article we published earlier this year.
There are some applications available that already offer “At a glance” experience on Android devices. “Another Widget” does a good job of replicating the look. If they don’t pass the quality test for you, head over to Play Store and opt-in to become a beta tester for Google app. Please keep in mind that beta availability differs in some regions. While an update is available for some, the rest might have to wait a day or two.
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