(I don’t really want to discuss how it’s free and I have no right to complain, so stifle, Edith.)
At the “explanation” page, linked above, they say in classic Google fashion that the need for those widgets is going away thanks to modern browsers like Chrome and “operating systems” like Android.
Riddle me this: how can I get a bunch of those Chrome “apps” to appear side by side on a single page, running all the time, and make that my home page? Am I just too full of margaritas to figure this out? Turning my home page into something like the home screen on my iPhone is not really what I’m looking for. I have all this real estate; why can’t I use it? A home page full of “browser app” icons is better than a short list of bookmarks…how, exactly?
God, I hate Google.