Google now rolling out a redesigned weather experience on Android

by: Jimmy WestenbergJanuary 21, 2016
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We first heard that Google was beginning to test a redesigned weather experience on Android just a few days ago, and we’re happy to report that those changes are beginning to roll out today. Not only does this update come with a redesigned interface, a wealth of new information will also be available to folks who need to check the weather.

Previously, searching for “weather” in the Google app on Android devices would result in a pretty generic looking Google Now card. Now the interface is completely redone, and it will give you different backdrops that change with the current sky conditions. Google will also provide you with some 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 much more. You’ll also be able to save your favorite locations when you tap on a weather result. You can do this by searching for a new location and selecting “Add.” You’ll then start seeing your chosen locations in the drop-down the next time you check the weather.

Google is rolling out this new weather experience to Android devices starting today, so you likely won’t have to wait long for the changes to make their way to your device. How are you liking the new weather experience? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

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  • Diego Opazo SV-Cross

    I’d like to see something like this also coming to Android Wear.

    • vaaski

      Still haven’t got the new Google logo in my moto 360…

      • Diego Opazo SV-Cross

        That’s weird.

        • vaaski

          Do you got it or what? :/

          • Diego Opazo SV-Cross

            Yes on my LG G watch R.
            Which country are you from?

          • vaaski

            But I think it’s more a Motorola releated thing..

  • ConCal

    I’m really not a big fan of the cartoons.

  • Matt

    Love the new design & layout, but I found the cartoon illustration questionable.

    • Yash Chaühan

      Where can I get the apk file?

  • Brandon Robbins

    A few days ago?? They had this working in the beta version of the google app like a month ago

  • Pamela

    Much better than the old weather im using now.

  • Jonathon Rios

    Damn so it’s through Google now, I was hoping this would lead to a stand alone app with a nice widget. Does anyone know a good weather widget that isn’t a memory hog?

    • neonix

      Check out Weather Timeline! It’s a great weather app with material design that is very friendly on battery and resources in my experience.

      • Jonathon Rios

        Bought it immediately after checking out the screen shots. 99 cents is an instant buy. Still fiddling with it as we speak. Thank you!

        • neonix

          Awesome! I hope you’re finding it worth your money. Glad to help!

          • Jonathon Rios

            Found a spot on my main home screen and a spot in my heart lol no battery impact whatsoever

  • The cartoons are embarrassing.

    • M42

      yes, it looks like IOS.

  • Lord Argyris

    I suppose with the minefield of things these days that people will claim to be offended by, Google had to try to choose an illustration that won’t make somebody complain, so they chose…a frog. Seems pretty innocuous.

    But then, isn’t that a stereotype for the French? Oy vey, you just can’t win!

  • Lord Argyris

    I’ve actually noticed a bug. If you hit the tomorrow or 10 day tabs on the widget to bring up the full screen interface, then shift over to today, you will never see the illustration. The only way to get the illustration is to hit either the today tab or the disclosure triangle on the widget.

  • John Doe

    Not sure if my Google Now is even working correctly… I used to have a design on the main (top screen) but there has not been one there for several months now (just blank white space ..), and my google now weather does not look anything like these pics ..
    Running 6.0.1 on a Nexus 5
    Any ideas??

    • 5URV1V0R

      If you are referring to the main page of google now, then you’re correct. Since they changed to the new logo few months back there is a big white empty space above the logo (except in few cases when they add a doodle on top of the logo)
      However the images in this article are referring to something else. In google now tap the weather card (which is till white) and it will take you to new extended weather cards that look like the pictures above.

      Give it a try.

      • John Doe

        Well is does not seem to work for me :( it actually just takes me to a web page ..

  • 5URV1V0R

    The cartoonish look will split the opinions of users. The frog is cute though :)

  • Love it

  • Very good, I like it!

  • Jhow NM

    It was about time…I’ve never liked the old Google Weather style…Now it seems pretty cool…

  • André Pereira

    I still didn’t get the new interface. Neither did my friends. Google please don’t forget to update brazilian servers!

  • BalazsArtner

    After two months I still don’t have it.

    • Jimybell

      I don’t seem to have this feature either. I’m in the US and using a HTC One M9 with Marshmallow.

    • Domenic Apice

      In the same boat. Did you find any solution?