APK teardown reveals two snazzy new resizable widgets
The Google Contacts app for Android would not get plenty of flashy updates, however that is okay — it does a easy job, and it does it nicely. Actually, one of many solely complaints you may have with out nitpicking is the truth that its widgets appear to be one thing out of the Android Oreo days. Fortunately, current code modifications appear to point that Google is readying a serious widget makeover for the Contacts app.
The present Google Contacts widgets are basically 1×1 icons that can’t be resized, and there are solely three choices. One pulls up a single particular person’s contact info, one other dials that contact in a single faucet, and the final one opens your default texting app to the message thread with that contact. In accordance with code modifications noticed in an APK teardown carried out by 9to5Google, two new widgets may quickly deliver drastic modifications and Materials You styling to this ages-old system.
The primary widget is named “Favourite Contacts,” at the least throughout improvement, and it helps you to add as much as seven contacts to the identical widget. It begins out as a 4×1 widget exhibiting solely the primary three contacts while you add it, however you possibly can drag to resize till you are proven two rows of contacts. In case you resize the widget to be tall sufficient, it is going to even cut up right into a two-column structure.
The opposite new widget is extra conventional and can presumably exchange the present 1×1 name, contact, and textual content widget. This one has a working title of “Particular person Contact” and provides you fast entry to a single particular person as its identify suggests, however apparently, it options three buttons in a single widget. Google has been engaged on this widget since at the least November, so it is more likely to be nearer to its ultimate type right here.
In its default 3×2 structure, you will see the contact’s photograph, and tapping this could open their contact card. There are two badges on this model of the widget — tapping the smaller button within the top-right will open your textual content thread with this particular person, whereas urgent the bigger button within the bottom-left will provoke a name. This widget may be resized to a 2×1 or 4×1 structure, with each choices offering a extra conventional interface the place you possibly can faucet one among three separate buttons to name, textual content, or open the contact card.
These widgets aren’t stay but within the newest model of Google Contacts on the Play retailer, which stands at model 126.96.36.1995591926 on the time of writing. However if you wish to get on the bleeding edge, you possibly can at all times verify for newer variations on APKMIrror.