Monday , February 19 2018

Google Weather gives you a quick shortcut to access your local weather

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Google is rolling out a new feature that allows some users to access one of the most commonly searched mobile terms; your local weather. When you search for your local weather using Google Now, Google will prompt you to add a shortcut to your home-screen to access the weather instantly.

Accept Google’s prompt, and you’ll find a new shortcut on your home-screen called Weather, with a Google-y Weather icon. Tap on this icon, and you’re taken straight to the screen that shows weather for your desired location.

To get it working, search in the Google app for weather in your local area (e.g. weather in Canberra), and you should see a prompt as shown above. Dan tried it out, and managed to get it working, but at the time of writing it isn’t working on a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Take a look and see what you think:

Have you got Google’s new weather shortcut working on your phone? Let us know!

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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9 Comments on "Google Weather gives you a quick shortcut to access your local weather"

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Matt

It’s very very nice to look at.

Greg Smith
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Greg Smith

Now if only they’d get their Australian weather data from the BOM. Google says “mostly sunny” as I sit under the verandah listening to the rain.

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Matt

I’ve tried explaining this to people but they don’t get it.

Some apps also show the ‘feels like’ temperature instead of the actual temperature. Not sure which Goog shows.

Rob De Mon
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Rob De Mon

agreed. they can make their app as nice as they like but without reliable weather data it is a useless app.

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Got it on my Nexus 6P

Shakeel Ali
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Shakeel Ali

Tried on a Nexus 6P, Nexus 5 and S6. Not working on any of them. Might be a US only thing for a little bit as always with new Google Now Features.

cjdacka
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cjdacka

Got it on my Nexus 6

TheCatMan
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TheCatMan

Got it on my Nexus 6P.

TheCatMan
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TheCatMan

But not available on my wife’s HTC One M7 🙁

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