Android 12 users are getting a free Google weather widget upgrade – here's how

The Assistant weather widget now reveals more

Weather Widget
(Image credit: Google)

There’s no doubt that weather widgets are hugely popular amongst smartphone users. These widgets garnish our homescreens, turning them blank canvases into something more aesthetically pleasing, while also providing useful weather-related information to plan the day ahead. 

Last week, Google began pushing out a new Assistant weather widget to select users  – and the company has already given it a visual refresh, which aims to make it even more useful on some of the best Android phones.

First identified by Mishaal Rahmaan, the latest Google App update delivers a revamped Assistant weather widget that fleshes out the weather details on your homescreen with more weather-related information. The folks over at XDA Developers who first ran the story report that the widget is "now also resizable, and you can expand it to display the daily forecast for the next two days." 

This is in contrast to the previous version of the widget, which had more limited abilities. For instance, it could only display the current weather and high and low temperatures, whereas the updated widget can display more granular details like the forecasted weather conditions for the next few hours. Once again, users can modify the view of the rectangular Assistant weather widget to display more detailed weather info. You can show the forecast for the next 48-hours, including an hourly weather forecast.

Assistant Weather Widget

(Image credit: XDA Developers)

Last month, XDA spotted a few strings of code evidencing the updated Assistant weather widget in an APK teardown of the latest Google App beta. While the widget wasn’t accessible to end-users back then, Google has now started to roll it out to some users.

From the pictures, the updated Assistant weather widget looks designed to smoothly integrate with the Material You dynamic theming system. The weather widget is being pushed out with the Google App version 12.42.14.29. Provided you have a device running Android 12, you can take a look at the new widget yourself by grabbing the latest Google app from the Google Play Store. The update won't be live for everyone just yet in which case you can also grab the APK from APKMirror.

Luke Wilson
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