Google often issues updates for its Android apps on Wednesdays, but apparently today it’s got such a biggie that it just couldn’t wait one more day to share it with us.
An update for the Google News & Weather app is making its way out to users. The update, which is the first big update that the app has gotten in quite some time, bumps it up to version 2.0 and includes a card-based, Material Design-style layout.
The app displays weather for your location as well as stories that are important and other news that the app thinks you’ll be interested in. It takes articles from 65,000 publications and includes 60 country-specific editions and support for custom news sections like “Hollywood” and “Fashion.”
Also included are some new homescreen widgets. Those include a 4x1 widget with news and weather as well as a big widget that scrolls a news feed and shows your weather forecast.
Not only is it great to see Google show some love to an app that many thought that it had forgotten altogether, but I’m also happy to see more apps get a Material Design makeover. I’m sure that folks that’ve been with Android for a while have used Google News & Weather at some point or another, and now it’s probably worth giving the app another look to check out its refreshed look.
You can grab Google News & Weather from the Play Store right here. It’s worth noting that the update appears to be rolling out slowly and may show up as being incompatible for a bit. For example, it shows up as compatible with my Nexus 5, but not my Moto X.