Google lastly has a default climate app to compete with Apple and Samsung. Although Pixel telephones have lengthy been in a position to show the present climate in widgets, tapping on these widgets simply launched a primary display screen with a cute climate frog and a handful of stats. It felt like an online web page as a result of that’s principally what it was.
With the launch of the Pixel Pill earlier this week, Google has rectified that state of affairs. Its new climate app — which is accessed through the identical widgets as earlier than, as there’s no icon to launch it — has a a lot nicer design with out shedding the playfulness of the older expertise. It has 10-day and 24-hour forecasts; wind, humidity, barometric stress, and UV index reviews, plus present solar place and dawn / sundown occasions. It additionally reveals particulars for precipitation, wind, and humidity damaged down by the hour. All of that is out there in a straightforward to parse single display screen with some enjoyable animations for the present circumstances.
The brand new app additionally has the power to offer instantly upcoming precipitation data, together with how intense will probably be and lengthy it is going to final earlier than it stops. It could even present this information as much as 12 hours upfront due to its use of knowledge offered by the Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and different sources. This data will solely be displayed within the app when it’s related — if there isn’t any upcoming precipitation close to you, it gained’t present this information.
Maybe the one factor lacking from this new climate expertise is a radar view — if there may be one, I’ve been unable to search out it within the app. It’d even be good to have an app icon to launch the climate app as an alternative of getting to depend on a widget. Just like the barebones earlier model, this new one is powered by the Google app, however it feels way more native and fewer like a dinky little web site.
For now, the brand new climate app is restricted to tablets, together with the Pixel Pill and the soon-to-launch Pixel Fold. 9to5Google reports that Google plans to deliver it to different units sooner or later, however there’s no timing for when which may occur. Android Police has some images of what it looks like running on a phone-sized screen, due to builders that had been in a position to activate it on their units.
Samsung units have already got a fairly full climate app preinstalled, however I’m hopeful that Google doesn’t maintain this unique to the Pixel line and makes it extra extensively out there. It wouldn’t be the primary time Google prolonged Pixel-specific software program outdoors of its personal units.
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