Google has expanded its "Gadgets" program to allow users to include the tiny software applications on their own webpages.
The company has launched a collection of "Google Gadgets for your webpage" that allows users to browse a gallery of small, web-based devices that display information ranging from calculators to maps to photo galleries.
Upon selecting a Gadget and adjusting the settings, users are then given a string of HTML code to place onto their pages. The Gadgets are distributed free of charge and hosted remotely, so users would not need to upload any data to their web pages other than the widget code.
End users aren't the only target of the expanded Google Gadgets. The company is also attempting to lure developers.
"We're working to connect developers with enthusiastic consumers and to make information universally accessible and useful to the individual user," said Google developer Adam Sah.
Several of the currently available Gadgets offer content from non-Google sites, including Wikipedia and Whitepages.com.
Google hopes that by releasing the Gadgets to users, they can greatly expand the reach of Google Gagdets and bring in more interest from developers.
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