Android Auto adds local weather icons to the status bar
If your vehicle has Android Auto, you can now use the system to quickly view local weather. Users started to notice the new feature over the past week, reporting that they appear as two small icons in the platform’s status bar. Don’t expect a full weather forecast, but it’s not like you’re missing out on much – you can easily view a more detailed outlook from your phone when you’re not driving a vehicle.
At the start of last year, Google released a major overhaul of its Android Auto product, which added a dark theme, improved media controls, and other well-received elements. The big downside, however, was that the weather widget feature disappeared in the middle of it. As a result, drivers were not able to easily see the current weather for their particular location.
As first reported by Android Police, Google changed this by adding weather to Android Auto. Users can see the general weather in the status bar near the phone temperature, connectivity and battery information. If the weather is nice, for example, users will see a sun icon. If it is cloudy, users will see a cloud icon.
Users also report seeing weather icons for rain and snow, but it’s unclear how many different icons Google may have to crawl. This could prove useful if the weather forecast updates to show upcoming weather in the near future, but is obviously of limited use if it is limited to showing only current weather conditions.
Android Auto is a driving experience that can be downloaded to your smartphone or uploaded to a compatible car’s infotainment system by plugging your Android handset into the car’s USB port. Obviously, you’ll need a car that’s compatible with an Android Auto package for the latter option, but the Android Auto app on a phone can be very useful for drivers as well. The interface is streamlined with large, easy-to-touch icons.