Most Android phones and tablets come with Google’s News & Weather app and widget pre-loaded. But Google hadn’t bothered to update the app for years… until today.
Say goodbye to the Android 2.3 Gingerbread-style app, and hello to a new app with an improved layout, a cards-style user interface, and a resizable home screen widget.
Normally an update to a weather and headline widget wouldn’t be all that exciting. But this one kind of took me by surprise since it’s been so long since Google updated its official News & Weather app.
There are now two home screen widgets to choose from. The first is the old-school 4 x 1 widget, but the black background has been replaced with white. The second is a 2 x 3 widget that shows a multi-day forecast above the latest headlines.
You can also resize the widget to take up more space or less. Make it wider and you can see more days in your forecast. Make it taller and you get more headlines.
Tapping any of the news stories will bring up the original article in your default web browser. But if you tap the headline you’ll get a Google Now-style card view that shows a detailed forecast as well as large news headlines and thumbnail photos.
You can also swipe side to side to switch between news categories so you can see local, world, business, or tech news, among other things.
If you don’t get the update automatically you can try download the app from the Google Play Store to update the app installed on your device.
via Android Central