Updated 21 May, 2013, 8:08 pm IST
Google search for the iPad and Android tablets gets a weather widget
| by Anuradha Shetty |
Google search for Android tablets and the iPad, now comes with a weather widget, to allow users to take a quick look at the weather before they step out. Type weather in the Google search on your tablet to view the new weather widget and it will show you what the weather is like in your location. The widget will also tell you what the weather is like in any other city in the world. Users have to simply type the name of the city or the ZIP code and 'weather' next to it. In their Google+ post, Google writes further, "When you type [weather] into Google on your +tablet, you'll see the current weather and you can scroll through the hourly and ten-day forecast. You can also toggle the Precipitation and Wind buttons to check out the percent chance of precipitation and wind direction/speed, respectively."
The new weather widget on iPads, Android tablets
The latest weather widget for tablets is bound to remind some of the Google Now feature. The feature, which the search giant unveiled at the recently concluded Google I/O 2012 conference aims to bring users right information, just when they need it, like informing you about the weather just when you're stepping out of home.
Google had introduced interactive weather information in mobile search results, early last year. The search results didn’t look any different. Just by moving the slider over the next 12 hours, it would display a detailed hour-by-hour breakdown of the weather changes. The search engine giant, in an official post last year, revealed that this interactive weather information feature, which was earlier available only in English, now supports 33 more languages, including Hindi. This weather feature is available for iOS as well as Android users.
Checking weather on a desktop
Typing weather on the desktop version of Google, however is quite a plain affair. It gives you details like the weather forecast for three days, and provides a link at the bottom directing users to The Weather Channel, Weather Underground, AccuWeather, if they need a detailed forecast.
Recently, Google introduced 'Power Searching with Google' - a free online, community-based course, in an attempt to make users better at searching on Google, so that they get maximum queries solved. 'Power Searching with Google' is essentially, teaching users search techniques and how they can use them to 'solve real, everyday problems'.
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