Google Gadgets for the Mac

Tuesday, November 27, 2007 at 5:10 PM



Earlier this year, I posted here to introduce Google Desktop for Mac OS X. Today, on behalf of my team, I'm happy to unveil the latest feature of Desktop: Google Gadgets for Mac OS X Beta.

This feature brings hundreds of existing Google Gadgets to Dashboard. You can add fun gadgets (such as bowling, virtual flower pot, or YouTube), useful gadgets (weather maps, driving directions, and news), and others that offer daily wisdom for the ages (Confucius, horoscopes, and even a joke of the day!). These gadgets look and behave just like any other Dashboard widget, so you don't have to learn anything new.

With hundreds of gadgets available and more being added every week, you might wonder how to get started. No problem! The Google Gadgets application is your one-stop shop for all available gadgets, complete with search to quickly find what you're looking for. If you're concerned you might miss out on new gadgets as they come along, don't be. The Google Gadgets application regularly updates itself so the list of available gadgets is never out of date.

You can download the new software at http://desktop.google.com/mac/.

The best part is that anyone can create a gadget. If you are interested in developing your own Google Gadget, check out the Desktop Gadget API homepage. There you'll see how to create a cross-platform gadget that runs on both Mac OS X and Windows. If you're already a gadget developer, download the Beta today to test your gadget on a Mac and ensure that it works correctly.

We need your help and your feedback to make this Beta an even better product. Please come visit our forum and let us know how we can do that.