For a long time, the Google Weather app was only available on Android phones, but now it’s coming to tablets.
Prior to this, Android tablet users only had access to basic weather information available in Google search results. It was a simple card with a slider to adjust the time of day, while the date switcher was below that. That’s still the UI in the Google app on the iPad. (You’ll have a better experience using the desktop web.)
The new experience starts with rich results that feature exclusively Google’s Weather Frog, while hourly temperatures are graphed. There’s a link specifically for “Hourly, Humidity, Wind & More” that opens the full app, which is technically part of the Google app and has been updated.
This opens up the Google Weather experience found on the phone, complete with the fact that there’s only a portrait UI, even in landscape orientation. (This really shouldn’t be the biggest challenge since Froggy already has landscape artwork on the Nest Hub.)
There’s no real change across the screen other than the weather, which works naturally, considering how dense the app is already. Right now there are only three tabs in which users can swipe up on Today and Tomorrow to see more details.
When you first open Google Weather on a tablet, you’ll be asked to place an icon on your homescreen. That shortcut can be recreated at any time from the upper-right corner avatar menu.
We are not sure about when it was rolled out, but the availability is quite recent. As of today, we have checked several tablets running the Google app 220.127.116.11.
Meanwhile, Google Weather’s Android 12 Material U widgets are exclusive to Pixel phones.
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