Let’s start by saying that this cool new feature to Maps isn’t available on a mobile device quite yet (or ever). Google has unveiled the brand new layer to Maps, known as the weather layer, and it does pretty much what you might expect. Using the layer, you’ll be able to tell the weather for anywhere on the planet, which means if you’re planning a road trip somewhere you’ll be able to see the weather reports right from Maps, which is a great addition.
The information is provided by weather.com, and you’ll be able to see cloud coverage from Google’s partners at the U.S. Naval Research Lab. Another cool addition, for those of you who like to know whether it’s day or not around the world, you’ll be able to do so thanks to the little sun or moon icons on the map. Unlike other weather apps, the weather layer will give you an instant report of the weather as you scan the planet or your neighborhood, so it’s a great way to be always up-to-date on what the weather’s like. And if you select on a specific city, more detailed information will be presented to you for your viewing pleasure.
Unfortunately, there’s no word on whether or not the layer will be added to a mobile device (as an addition to the Maps application), even tablets, but we can certainly hope it does. You can check out the video from Google demonstrating the new layer below.
via Google Blog