Google’s new Android weather cards are now available

Igor Bonifacic

January 21, 2016 3:52pm

Two weeks ago we wrote about the new weather cards Google had designed. At the time, it looked like the search giant was testing out the cards ahead of a more widespread rollout. Now those cards are slowly making their way out to all users.

For those who haven’t seen the redesign, the biggest change here is the new overall look of the cards. There’s a new frog mascot that hangs out at the bottom of the redesigned deck, and depending on the weather conditions, he/she will be taking part in a weather-appropriate activity. On a sunny day, for instance, the frog will hit the beach.

Google Weather Flow GIF

More significantly, Google has significantly upped the amount of information these cards now display. You’ll find weather and climate data, like hourly sky conditions, air quality, UV index, sunrise and sunset times and more. All told, after this redesign Google’s weather cards are on par with many of the dedicated weather apps found on Android and iOS.

To see the new cards, you’ll have to leave the confines of Google Now; for whatever reason, Google has decided not to include the redesigned cards inside of its personal assistant. However, tapping on the weather card in Google Now — as well as conducting a mobile search — will let you see the new cards. Some Android users may not be able to see them just yet. As with Google’s other search-related updates, the company is gradually rolling out the update.

  • This frog is the best.

  • saltorio

    If the cards now offer some kind of wind chill/humidex temperature, I’ll use them. Otherwise, I’ll have stick with Weather Timeline.

    • FlamesFan89

      Wind chill is a very real thing, based on cooling rates. Humidex on the other hand…

      While yes, it feels hotter when it is humid, there is no debating that, humidex is essentially voodoo hand-waving calculated with a large dose of empirical constants (otherwise known as fudge factors) to determine some mythical value for what it “feels” like. All you need to know for humidity is, in hot weather, if it’s humid, it’s going to be harder to breath and harder to cool down. Any actual numbers attached to it have as much value as me saying “more dogs will fart today because the unicorns have added 14 fairy bags of rainbow dust to the clouds”.

      Wind chill is simply, wind at temperature X Celsius and speed Y km/h, will cool an object at the same rate as temperature Z Celsius with no wind. It too contains empirical constants, but it is at least backed up by standard methods of calculating heat transfer.

  • I use Weather Now and the current weather is actually in my screen. So if its pouring rain out then my screen looks like its raining inside. If its a blizzard out then it looks like a blizzard is goign on inside my phone. Its really neat and not that expensive. People ask me all the time about it. Lets you use your own wallpaper and puts the animations over it!

    Weather Now by Hamster Beat they have a free version to give you a trial of it. Honestly the best weather app i have ever used with an amazon 100% customization home screen widgets, blows the pants of Google Now weather cards!

    • Brownstar

      And all that animation sucks life from your battery

    • nope did a test and battery was the same over 1 week with on and one week with it off!

  • Josh Adams

    That frog needs to budle up. Just tried it in my town. He’s naked painting a picture, sure its sunny but its -7°c