Google Introduces Interactive Weather Results for iPhone
Earlier today Google announced Cloud Print Beta to print wirelessly from your iPhone for the US. Canadians, as always were shut out from the fun. But not with this next story. Google has just introduced interactive weather results on the iPhone when you search for the term “weather” on Google.com.
Weâ€™d been wanting to build a fun, useful, app-like way to display weather information on our search results pages in the mobile browser. So we pulled together a user experience designer and team of engineers and built a new weather search results snippet that lets you actually play with the results. To try it out, just go to google.com on your iPhone or Android-powered device and search for â€˜weatherâ€™.
At first glance, youâ€™ll see content that weâ€™d previously shown you before: current conditions and a forecast for the next few days. But by moving the slider over the next 12 hours, you can now see a detailed hour-by-hour breakdown of the changing weather conditions. As you do this, keep an eye on the temperature, wind speed and humidity and see how all these conditions are expected to trend across the day. You may also notice that the background color changes throughout the day. Of course, as you scroll further down youâ€™ll see our regular web search results for your query.
I just tested this out and it works exactly as advertised. There’s an interactive slider that you can move left to right, that extends the forecast over the next 12 hours. As you slide later into the evening the background colour darkens to simulate evening. Cool.
Give it a try. Just hit up Google.com and search for “weather”. You will most likely need to redirect from Google.ca to Google.com. Scroll down to the bottom of Google.ca and click on “Go to Google.com”.