Google Arts & Culture is the latest Android app to introduce a home screen widget. This one celebrates the birthdays of famous artists by showcasing their works.
Since the launch of Android 12 and Material You, Google has steadily increased the availability of widgets in its many apps. Today, we have an ever-evolving widget ecosystem, ranging from practical and informative to purely aesthetic. This latest Android widget, which has arrived in the Arts & Culture application, falls firmly into this last category.
Once you update to Google Arts & Culture version 9.4, rolling out now through the Play Store, the new widget should be available immediately. The design is quite simple, imitating a framed painting, under which is the name of the artist and the museum where this work is kept.
Each day a new artist will be featured in the Google Arts & Culture widget, selected based on birthdays. For example, today’s featured artist, Diego Rivera, was born on December 8, 1886. Tap a featured artwork to open the Arts & Culture app to share more information about it and on its artist.
Cleverly, the widget does not feature a single artwork from the artist of the day, but multiples. As you resize the widget on your home screen, a different artwork will appear, to better match the current shape. Like all other recent widgets from Google, the Arts & Culture widget also changes its background color, Material You style, to be clearly visible on your current wallpaper.
All in all, the Google Arts & Culture widget should be a pretty nice way to keep your Android home screen fresh with new surprises every day. Tying the chosen artwork to the artist’s birthday is also a fun way to remember the person behind each piece.
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