Google yesterday released tools developers can use to create small applications modules that can be added to people's Google home pages. It is possible for developers to create modules, or "widgets", that people can then use to enhance their personalised home pages on Google. Modules include a weather map, date and time, a customised Google logo and much more.

"With the Google Homepage API, developers can now create modules for the personalised homepage. It's designed to be flexible and easy to use, and you don't need to download anything to create a module," the official Google Blog said.

"Widgets are based on the XML file format, with additional JavaScript and HTML hosted on your own server, or — if you don't have a server — at any other public place, including Google Base," blogger and Google watcher Philipp Lenssen wrote in his Google Blogoscoped blog.