As winter approaches, residents of northern India brace themselves for the impending pollution season. In response to this challenge, Google is gearing up to keep people informed about the air quality index (AQI) in their region with real-time updates on mobile.
The tech giant is currently testing an AQI reading feature within Google Discover, which will be accessible to both Android and iPhone users. This feature presents the AQI reading in a card format just below the search tab on Discover. To access it, users can simply swipe right on their Android phone’s home screen.
The Discover tab can be accessed via the Google app on Android or iOS. While it comes pre-installed on Android devices, iOS users can download it. Users can also customize the settings of the Discover card, allowing them to receive updates on various topics, including sports matches, weather forecasts, and AQI information for their city.
Tapping on the AQI card provides users with more detailed information about the pollution levels in their area. Notably, this feature does not appear to be limited to specific countries, and it is accessible after updating the Google app on Android.
For users who have subscribed to multiple updates on Discover, the AQI readings for their region are accessible by swiping to the left. These readings are based on the location access available to the Google app on their phones. Google has a history of localizing features based on trends and, to some extent, seasons. It continues to innovate, even offering AI-powered overviews for search content to users who sign up with Google for this feature.
Google’s commitment to keeping users informed about important topics like air quality demonstrates its dedication to leveraging technology for the betterment of communities.