Google Android App Receives New Experimental Weather Card

The Google Android app was updated with a new experimental Weather Card, as some users started seeing the redesigned Card on Tuesday, Android Police reports. Since the Mountain View-based tech giant hasn't released any client updates to the app for a week, the change was almost certainly triggered by a server-side switch, though it's currently unclear how many users are affected and can see the new feature. Parts of India are definitely encompassed by the rollout seeing how at least one user from Mumbai confirmed they see the new card and provided a screenshot to prove that claim, and another person from The Netherlands did the same. A different user of the Google Android app who didn't disclose their location said the card actually appeared for them a few weeks back but has disappeared soon afterward, though that claim hasn't been verified as of this writing.

Even if Google was testing the new feature in select territories for several weeks already, the Alphabet-owned company now apparently decided to initiate a wider rollout, indicating the new Weather Card for its flagship app may soon be released worldwide. Regarding the feature itself, the new Weather segment of the Google Android app is significantly smaller and much more compact than its predecessor, as it only shows basic weather information on the user's current location. Whereas the old Card showed current weather and forecast for the next four days, the new one only shows the former. Likewise, the redesigned weather section of the app doesn't always show the time when it was last synchronized with the server. Users who want to access all of the information displayed by the old Weather Card now have to tap on its successor to expand it, but that's where the differences between the two end.

It's currently unclear when Google is planning to roll out the new feature globally — provided that ever happens — but more information on the matter will likely be available later this year. The Mountain View-based Internet company updated another one of its flagship software products earlier today as many Google Play Store users started seeing the new My Apps section that has been in testing for several months.

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