Android Auto now displays an appropriate weather icon in the status bar

Google’s Android Auto underwent a major overhaul last year that brought a lot of benefits, but one unfortunate victim was a weather widget on the home screen. Now, after experimenting a bit with its design, Google is adding a weather icon to Android Auto’s status bar.

Spotted by Android Police, Google is now deploying a weather icon next to the temperature icon on Android Auto. The temperature icon was rolled out last year, but has been marked as “Weather” in the Auto settings menu. Now Google has added an extra icon to fill in this name.

From what has been spotted so far, this icon also changes for weather conditions such as sun, rain, snow, and cloudy days. However, it is not yet clear exactly how many icons can be displayed.

Is it better than looking out the window? Not really, but it’s a nice touch. Additionally, Google could, in theory, extend this kind of functionality by adding options to also see the weather at your destination location or perhaps display a brief forecast for the next few hours or days. After all, there’s not much else in Auto’s status bar and features like these would be a welcome touch.

 Android auto weather icon

In other Android Auto news, over 70 new cars have added platform support. Brands that are both new and well established with Auto, Google has added these new models to its directory. Most notably, the list includes new models from Lexus, Audi, Ferrari, Infiniti, Jeep, Subaru, Nissan and Volkswagen.

You can see the full list of supported vehicles on Google’s Android Auto website.

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