has expanded its ‘Gadgets’ programme by allowing its mini-web applications to be added to independent websites and pages.

The company has launched a gallery where users can browse through the 1000-plus widgets, which include games, calendars and weather reports.

After making their selection, they are given a string of HTML to paste into their site’s code.

We’re working to connect developers with enthusiastic consumers and to make information universally accessible and useful to the individual user,” said Adam Sah, Google Gadgets architect.

The applets – most of which are developed by independent programmers – had previously been available for users’ personalised Google homepage or via Google Desktop.

Google hopes the move will give developers a much larger audience, as well stealing a march on the likes of Yahoo!, which offers its Widgets once users have installed software on their PCs.