According to a report by Android Authority, the lock screen widgets feature will allow users to customise their lock screen with widgets that display real-time information.This includes at-a-glance updates on weather, calendar events, notifications, and more, providing an efficient way to stay informed without unlocking the smartphone and tablet.
The move is seen as a strategic effort by the company to further personalise user interactions. Apart from this, lock screen widgets also add to the aesthetic appeal of the lock screen.
The feature was introduced in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean but was removed in the subsequent Android 5.0 Lollipop update. Apple introduced widgets to the iPhone lock screen in iOS 16, which, many speculated, may push Google to bring back the feature.
Lock screen features in Android 14
In Android 14, Google introduced customisable lock screen shortcuts and clock styles. So it follows that Google might continue to make the lock screen more customisable in the next release.
How to customise Android 14 lock screen
Customising the lock screen on a smartphone running Android 14 takes a couple of taps. Here’s how you can do it.
- Tap and hold the lock screen.
- Tap the Customize lock screen button at the bottom of the screen.
- Swipe right on the clock to change clock style.
- Scroll down and tap Shortcuts to adjust which widgets you want to appear on the screen.
- Users can choose two of the nine clock options and eight shortcut options are available at Android 14’s launch.