If you’re on an Android phone, you’ve probably used Google Now to check the weather. So far it’s been a pretty barebones experience, simply providing a few basic details within a basic card interface. But as of today, Google has totally revamped the experience.
Now if you search for the weather or ask Google Now about the forecast, a new colorful weather card will show you a quick preview of what to expect – a cloudy landscape for a cloudy day ahead of you.
“We're hunting for awesome startups”
Run an early-stage company? We're inviting 250 to exhibit at TNW Conference and pitch on stage!
Meanwhile, the cards now provide a ton of new information, including hourly sky conditions, chance of precipitation, a 10 day forecast, air quality, UV index, sunrise and sunset times, and a ton of other details.
It’s basically a full-fledged weather app right inside of Google Now. That’s not to say the information is totally new, however; you could previously simply click on the weather card to load up more information in your Web browser.
Still, being able to access all that data from a Google Now card is much more convenient, though some people would likely prefer to have all these new features living in a standalone app.
The update is rolling out to Android users today (no word on iOS support yet). It also appears to be rolling out server-side rather than through an an app update, so it may take a little while until you can access the new features.
➤ Prepare for the next storm with a new weather experience on Android [Google Inside Search]