Tuesday, April 13

Google gives the weather map a facelift on the desktop interface

A more compact map, a little more readable information and redesigned tabs: Google is slightly renovating the weather map of its desktop interface … the opportunity for the firm to put away the last remaining elements of its old design language.

Google slightly revamps the weather map of its desktop interface // Credit: Kai Wenzel - Unsplash

Google slightly revamps the weather map of its desktop interface // Credit: Kai Wenzel – Unsplash

Deployed to a majority of users at the time of writing, the new version of the weather map features a few discreet changes on Google’s search which nevertheless make it possible to gain in clarity and practicality. This slight rework also gives Google the opportunity to erase some of the last elements of its old design from its desktop interface. For the user, the experience remains essentially the same, but with a more modern package.

This new feature comes after a prior improvement of the results page for the song search and the introduction of a dark theme for Google search on Windows and macOS.

A revised weather map

The new version of the weather map prominently displays the temperature, roughly, in the upper left corner, supplemented with information on precipitation, humidity, and wind speed. The upper right corner contains the location, date and time, as well as a brief summary of weather conditions.

As pointed out 9to5Goole, this new map is a little more compact than the old one thanks to the use of tabs allowing access to the temperature, the precipitation graph or even detailed information on the wind (direction, speed per time slot). These tabs replace old buttons that still matched Google’s old design language.

On the other hand, it should be noted that the part of the interface devoted to forecasts for seven days has not been modified, unlike the slight gray outline of the old map, which has in turn been removed.

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