Google seems to be on a roll.Just last week that they announced the shipment for the latest Nexus 7.However, there is no reason to think that because of the entire buzz around this new Google slate their software upgrades would be undermined Here comes a tiny but smart update from Google for it’s existing Android and iOS users.
Google’s search interface gets new wings in the form of a weather widget, you can just search with keywords “weather” and a new tablet optimized add in will surface with the current weather at your location or any other location around the globe. All you have to do is add a city’s name or ZIP code in the search box, and it doesn’t end there! You can even get hourly and ten-day forecasts for temperature, humidity, rainfall, precipitation and wind speed. Google announced the release of this update on Google+ a while back.
The new widget has derived its looks from Android’s new Google Now feature, the buzz in the town is that this is a strategy driven update to promote a feature of Google Now which comes packed with Android Jelly Bean and the Nexus 7 subsequently. Earlier this year, Google released a similar widget for the iOS and Android platform, however with a completely different design and a feature line limited to 3 or 5 day forecast based on the screen size and its orientation. The new Google widget is interactive and has a better stimulus to human interface.
Quite interestingly though the desktop version of the Google Search, presently features the least amount of information on the weather widget. All you get is a basic three-day weather update albeit with not much interactivity. What grabs more attention is that the search results redirect the users to Weather underground and AccuWeather.
It seems, with the present potential and sweep in the handheld and smartphone market Google is definitely giving more impetus to the mobile platform developments rather than the business as usual computer interfaces. It aims at building a mass audience apart from its business users.
Google seems to be integrating all these different interfaces together for a better experience and flexibility of search. Google automatically compats itself with the nature of search of its end user. With the contextual search utility implementation, now the search will yield more relevant results and little or nothing gibberish. Google is fed data and clues from the search nature of the users to display relevant weather data, upcoming calendar appointments, News, Live scores of teams be it rugby or cricket, traffic updates and alternate route around the area you are located. Basically it is more street smart and gives the users precisely what they want.
Google has done a fantastic job by releasing this app alongside the Nexus 7, as more and more users are expected to be equipped with this gem of a tablet. They want their users to start getting used to the changes that Android Jelly Bean brings along in the form of Google Now. Don’t be surprised to see a lot more releases from google replacing the native apps in the coming days. That’s smart thinking!