27
May
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One of the cool things about Google Now is that Mountain View can tweak the way information is displayed by flipping a switch on its end. No action on your part is required to make the cards better and more informative. To that end, Google has been testing an updated version of the weather card for a few weeks, and judging by the barrage of tips we're getting, it looks like it's rolling out now.

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Left: New, Right: Old

The new card lists the weather in nearby cities as stacked lines in a single card. The old style was to have multiple cards when necessary, but would usually default to only showing the weather in one location. However, the new card doesn't have forecast information immediately visible. It's one step further away with the new card.

This change seems to be rolling out to the general public, but it's far from universal right now – I don't have it on any of my devices yet. Go ahead and refresh Google Now and see what you get.

[Thanks, +Matthew McNair, +Jakob Gwosdz, and everyone else who sent this in]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • miri

    So it's always showing the forecast for multiple locations? That could take some getting used to...

    • Jeremy Sheehan

      Probably only if have multiple locations turned on. I'm always showing 2.

  • marius

    got it :)

  • Frank Stathes

    I've noticed this for quite some time now -- it was rolled out to me nearly 2 weeks ago.

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

      Well aren't you a special f*cker?

    • TSK

      Agreed, Ive had this for nearly 2 weeks. Didn't really notice it at first.

    • G3Sidhu

      Yep me too, I got it after the last Google search update couple of weeks ago.

  • Kylecore

    As long as they didn't get rid of the option for choose between Fahrenheit and Celsius i'll be happy

  • Shane Redman

    would love it if they included the graphic for precipitation throughout the day like on the web version so I don't have to click the card

  • geeq

    me has it :) cool

  • http://tsurufoto.com/ Aaron Tsuru

    Got the update...

    =(

    Preferred my more detail card.

    • someone755

      What a waste. This, next to UCL matches, was the main reason I installed the Now launcher, and now I have to either wait for it to slowly load, or use another app (which I've tried, but they all suck).
      Maybe a widget could solve my problems, but I'm here to complain.

    • MichaelOberhausen

      You can click on it and it'll expand into the more detail card... fyi

      • http://tsurufoto.com/ Aaron Tsuru

        Yep, of course you can, but that's not "the information I need, now", you know? Oh well!

  • djakdekiel

    It looks cool :)

  • Ben Kalziqi

    I hate it.

    • AGoogler

      I'll let Matias and the crew know. We'll change it for the next iteration of Google Search. Thanks for the feedback.

      • Daveon Jackson

        /s

      • http://ignaciozippy.com/ Ignacio Zippy

        Wouldn't it be nice if it worked like that :(

  • Eric Archer

    I've been getting this for some time.

  • Eddy Garcia

    I had this for almost a month now. Basically it'll show the weather of your home, and the city of your job if its different and if you're no where near those two it'll show your current cities location

  • motoridersd

    I saw this 2 weeks and thought it was odd, but didn't realize it was a new way to do it. It's not nearby cities for me though, it's cities where Google knows I am traveling to. In my case, it was giving me the weather of a city my dad was going to travel to (he forwarded his travel plans to my Gmail and we share the same name).

  • Lincoln M King

    I got it on my Nexus 5 and 10, much better I think than the previous. Also, the "New Content Available" seems new too.

    • pallzoltan

      New content is not new.

    • Fatty Bunter

      New content is old.

      • RarestName

        So old content is new?

      • Piyush

        New content is not new now.

    • Gregor Smith

      New content is new everyday, but that card is old and somewhat annoying (like the research card used to be)

  • cc_star

    Rubbish!

    I like seeing the detail at a glance, multiple locations at a glance with no detail is not as good

    I suppose Google doesn't get any sense of engagement with at a glance, a 'click' is more useful to them

    • http://minnecapture.smugmug.com/ beans28

      Pennies for clicks....pennies for clicks...

  • Brian Blackett

    Nope - prefer the forecast card.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/pamela-hill/ Pamela Hill

    I don't understand why this is better. It's not better.

    • Scott

      I suppose it's not better if you are only in one place the entire time :)

      • hp420

        Or if the state you live in is so small 'nearby cities' are within 20 miles of you so weather never varies from city to city.

    • http://www.scottcolbert.com/ ScottColbert

      Speak for yourself.

      • ashish

        She is right, its not better. Most of the time the big temp (here 48) is not available for me. the new one is totally useless for me.

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    I like it. Shows all the potential cities I want to see at once.

  • Todd Wright

    LOL Mumford! I'm surprised you didn't just load Orange Mound too.

  • Kyle Owens

    I got it and I prefer this version. It's smaller and more compact which allows for more room for other cards. If you tap on a specific location it will expand and give you a detailed forecast.

  • Joe

    I badly want a weekly forecast. I can haz, Google?

  • Deeco

    Who would of thought a Google Now 'Card' would cause so much controversy?

  • Wesley Modderkolk

    I personally think this version of the card looks less good. The old card had a clear card of current data. This card just squashes those cards together into a single one that can be opened up.

    It is definitely more usable and sort of reduces the issue of having a crapload of cards.

  • Joe Anderson

    I like it!

  • Kam Siu

    like it. but i'm one of those travelers who fly frequently across the united states and like the weather report at home and my destination.

  • hp420

    I want the old card back!!! The weather is barely ever different in surrounding cities here, so this change only makes it less convenient for me!! Wrong move, Google!!! The new card is a piece of garbage compared to the old detailed one!!!

    • Pascal

      just set that you are not interested in other location, when you have only one it will be old card.

      • hp420

        Nice! Thanks

  • br_hermon

    I was actually surprised to see this story, I've had this update for at least a week now. I just assumed everyone had it. Guess I should have spoken up!

  • BozzyB

    They should have put the hourly temperature and rain forecast - like when you hit the card and it opens in the browser - directly in Google Now.

    • nxtiak

      Yeah, I care about hourly more than whole day.
      I have to go to Yahoo Weather app for hourly. WOuld be nice to have it be in GNow.

  • TheLastAngel

    Nothing makes your Nexus better than deactivating this crap.

    G Now is as useless as G+. Kill it already and improve the frigging search.

  • Jas K

    Had this in Australia since about last week.

  • Glenn

    This appeared on my phone atleast a week ago, though didn't appear on my nexus 7 as of yet

  • Randy Mills

    Millington, Arlington, and Munford. Someone's from West Tennessee.

  • bse88

    It´s showing me the weather near i am and where i work. I can totally disable one option and just keep the old card.

  • anmolm97

    Old card was better!!

  • ew

    WHAT! This app actually gives the weather in countries other than America. Incredible work, Google!

  • RockAndRock

    Not here yet
    (FR, Nexus 4)

  • http://www.kawingli.com Ka Wing Li

    I got this update 3 weeks ago.

  • Roger Siegenthaler

    I actually have the new one and the old one, on the same device. Just at different times. If I'm on the move (somewhere between home and work) it will show the new one, at home/work it shows the old one. Or at least it seems like that for me.

  • Jeff Weatherup

    It would be nice if they could spruce up the formatting for places with longer names, so I can see the full temperature.

  • Guest

    It would be nice if they could tweak the formatting for places with longer names...I can't see the full temperature unless I expand the card...

  • Dakota

    Why do I want weather in nearby cities unless I specifically ask for them

  • Tiuri Elvander

    Preferred the previous design