This probably sounds crazy and stupid, and I'm not really an expert on what people use widgets for, but I get the impression that the general reason people use widgets is to maybe check news articles, check their social feed, get to their recently used contacts, etc. The search page has all of that, and furthermore, they have an API, so other apps can put content there, whether useful or useless. And it seems much more organised than having Android style widgets. Is there something that I'm missing? Feel free to give your own opinion, but this is just mine. EDIT: Just in case there was any confusion, I meant would this feature shut people who want home screen widgets up. Still not a big fan of the notification centre widgets as they are too disorganised, but they do the trick.