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Google Working on Standalone Weather App
Android could be the next platform to get a dedicated weather app after the app for Wear OS last year.
There is still no weather app that comes with Android built in, so you have to use the Google app to get an overview of the weather. Last year, Google launched a standalone Weather app for Wear OS.
Now, Google is said to be developing a separate Weather app for Android phones and tabs, finally equating the systems to the company’s phone and wearable platforms.
By digging a bit into version 7.5 of the Google Clock app, 9to5Google has found signs of a new Weather app for Android that should work independently of the Google app.
Weather App Can Come with Pixel Tablet and Pixel Fold
Based on the app’s launch for Wear OS last year, many people thought that the Weather app would soon be coming to Android phones and tablets as well. But the wait has been long, ever since October 2022.
There’s no telling when the feature will roll out, but bearing in mind that a package named “com.google.android.apps.weather” is already referenced in the Google Clock app’s code, 9to5 believes the app could come sometime after the launch of the Google Pixel Tablet and Pixel Fold, something that will take place in less than a month.
In addition to acting as an independent weather forecasting app, local weather can also be integrated into the Clock app for a better user experience. There is a good chance that some of these details will also show up on Clock’s widget on the home screen.
This implementation can provide weather forecasts for all the cities you have in the Clock app, and that in addition to information about general weather conditions and highest/lowest temperatures for the region.
Provides Lots of Details About the Weather
9to5Google also mentions that the Clock app has new elements that users are made aware of, including Clear weather, Blizzard, Very hot, Tropical storm or tornado, Low visibility, Cities and Thunderstorms nighttime, just to name a few. However, interacting with the weather results in the Clock app may lead users to the new standalone Weather app.
It’s no secret that Google Weather hasn’t received much attention on Android historically, although it did get a round of Material You earlier this month, which finally got it up to the same level as the other Google apps like Google News, an app that also had to wait a long time for that treatment.
When it comes to the upcoming Weather app, we’re hoping that its new standalone status means regular updates and upgrades to the user interface to catch up with some of the main Google apps. Version 7.5 of Google Clock has gone live on the Google Play Store and can also download from APKMirror.