Oh, have you heard? Google Maps on Android just got a nifty upgrade. Now, it’s showing real-time weather info right there on your screen. Yep, just like its iOS buddy, there’s this neat little weather box chilling in the top-left corner.
So, what’s in the box? Temperature, air quality index (AQI), and what the sky plans to drop on us soon. Handy, right? Especially for those of us who like to know if we should grab an umbrella or slap on some sunscreen before heading out.
And how does this magic box work? Well, thanks to some sneaky peeks shared by 9to5Google, we know it sits snug beneath the search bar. It’s not just a pretty face either. It shows the current temp, a cute icon to match, and that all-important AQI. A quick tap, and bam! You’re treated to a deeper dive into the weather world.
But wait, there’s more. Tucked inside this update is a gem for the air-quality-conscious among us. A simple tap on the AQI, and you’re whisked away to a detailed Air Quality map. Talk about a breath of fresh air for those of us fretting over what we’re breathing in.
And just when you thought it couldn’t get any cooler, this weather box is like your own personal weather wizard. As you move around the map, it updates. Real-time weather magic, folks. But, poof! It vanishes if you get too nosy with a specific spot on the map. Google’s keeping it neat and tidy, ensuring we’re not drowning in info overload.
Oh, and for the visually inclined, there’s a carousel of images to feast your eyes on. Real-time weather conditions captured in digital glory. Neat, huh?
Now, onto the juicy bits. According to the folks at Business Standard, this update is rolling out in stages. Version 11.113.x is the magic number, and it’s already making its way across the globe. Not got it yet? A quick force-stop and restart of Google Maps might just do the trick.
And here’s a fun fact: Android’s Google Maps and Google Weather aren’t twinsies when it comes to weather icons. Nope, Google Maps is flexing with MetNet-3 for its 12-hour rain check. For the uninitiated, MetNet-3 is Google’s brainy neural engine for predicting weather. It’s been showing off in the Pixel weather app and Google Search. And now, it’s bringing its smarts to Google Maps for Android.
So, there you have it. Google Maps isn’t just about getting you from A to B anymore. It’s your go-to for beating the weather at its own game. Stay dry, stay sunny, stay whatever-you-want because Google Maps has got your back.