Google Gadgets has been available to end users to add to their Google home pages and desktops since the May release of the Desktop 4 beta. Google announced on Tuesday that users will now be able to use Gadgets in their own Web pages.
Web page creators have been able to create their own Gadgets for some time using the Google Gadgets API, and can use pre-existing Universal Gadgets from Google or third parties--which include date and time, jokes and horoscopes--.
Google is encouraging developers to share their code with others by publishing them in its Gadgets directory.
"Google encourages gadget authors to share their specifications," states the Google Gadgets API developer guide. One of the advantages to developers is that you "can get your name out there," according to Google blogger Matt Cutts.
"Now anyone can have a great-looking Web site with automatically updating content," said Adam Sah, Google Gadgets architect. "By making Google Gadgets available for you to add to your Web page, we're working to connect developers with enthusiastic consumers and to make information universally accessible and useful to the individual user."
Tom Espiner of Builder UK reported from London.