Forecast looks good for Google’s new weather experience
Google is pushing a redesigned weather interface to Android devices that will deliver a ton of data and forecasting info.
In a post on the Inside Search blog, Google product manager Lea Stolowicz shared details of just what people can expect to see when they seek weather info using the Google app.
Owners of Android devices will soon be able to search for “weather” or ask Google, “Will it rain today?” and expect to receive “a wealth of new information, including: hourly sky conditions and chance of rain, severe weather alerts, a detailed 10-day forecast, air quality, UV index, sunrise and sunset times, and more.”
It Google’s latest update to its increasingly powerful search app, which the company is striving to turn into a treasure trove of contextual information that works from typed as well as spoken search queries.
The weather update isn’t just functional, either. The interface is receiving a lick of paint that means the backdrop of the card will change depending on weather conditions. Seeing snow outside your window? Android’s new Weather card will reflect those conditions.
Those who move between ZIP codes will be pleased to learn that different locations can be added as favorites, too, meaning you should never be too far away from the weather forecast in the areas that matter most to you.
The new Weather experience, which had been rumored for a few days, is rolling out to users as you read this, so keep an eye out for something new the next time you check to see whether you’ll need an umbrella, heavy coat or sandals.