Are you one who frequently checks the weather on your Android or iOS device? Thanks to a Google Mobile Web update, checking the weather has become interactive, useful and enjoyable.
What is it and why should you care? According to a post on Google’s Mobile Blog, the new feature is nothing groundbreaking, but it certainly will make you want to check weather using Google’s Mobile Web:
“We’d been wanting to build a fun, useful, app-like way to display weather information on our search results pages in the mobile browser. So we pulled together a user experience designer and team of engineers and built a new weather search results snippet that lets you actually play with the results. To try it out, just go to google.com on your iPhone or Android-powered device and search for ‘weather’. It’s nothing fancy or sophisticated, but it will quickly tell you what the weather is supposed to be like, wherever you are, at incremental times throughout the day.”
Intrigued, I pulled out my iPhone 4 and checked the weather in my area. A search of “weather” yielded the following:
By using the slider one can view what the weather will be like at the increments populated on your device.
Moving the slider through a 12-hour the weather will change depending on if rain or sun will occur, even the background will dim and brighten as night turns into day and visa versa.
“This new weather search experience is available only in English, but we have more updates on the way.”
Try the new feature and let us know what you think. Is the feature something you’ll likely use or do you use another app for your weather needs?