December’s Pixel Feature Drop may integrate weather into the Clock app

Local weather in your world clock, plus new widgets

Summary

  • The Android 14 QPR1 Beta 2 release includes weather integration in the Clock app and widget, a feature that other Android phone manufacturers have had for a while.
  • You can see current weather conditions and highs and lows for the day alongside the current time in both the Clock app and the World Clock widget.
  • To enable the weather integration, you need to go into the Clock app’s settings and enable the “local weather on clock” option. This feature may not be available to everyone yet, indicating a potential server-side rollout or app update.


Google’s ongoing Android 14 beta release program is in full steam again with the QPR1 Beta, slated to be released as the Pixel Feature Drop in December this year. With it, Google is finally adding weather to its Clock app and widgets, which is something that other Android phone manufacturers have included for the longest time. This is not all surprising, as we shared the hints a while ago.

The Android 14 QPR1 Beta 2 release shows us what this integrated weather looks like, as spotted by Mishaal Rahman on social media platform X (formerly Twitter).

As you can see in the screenshots, the current weather conditions will be displayed alongside the current time. This weather integration is live in both the app’s Clock section as well as the World Clock widget. When you have multiple places added from different time zones, you will see the weather for these places as well. You can see the current temperature and weather conditions as well as the highs and lows for the day.

After you’ve installed QPR1 Beta 2 on your phone, you will first have to dive into the Clock app’s settings and enable the local weather

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How to quickly access your Clock app in Android 14

The default Clock on Android is your one-stop solution to check your alarms, time zones, timers, stopwatch, and Bedtime mode. While the Clock app is easily accessible from the home screen and the app drawer menu, Google added neat tweaks to access the Clock app following the Android 14 update.


Do you want to set an alarm for a quick nap? Instead of looking for the Clock app on your Android phone, use the tricks below to accFcess it in no time. While several tricks below are exclusive to Android 14 software, others work on all the Samsung Galaxy and budget Android phones.


Access the Clock app from the notification center

Android 14 brings back one of the neat features of Android 11. When Google redesigned the system interface with the Android 12 update, the company removed a handy shortcut to access the Clock app from the notification center. The option makes a comeback with Android 14.

  1. Swipe down from the home screen to access the notification center.
  2. Tap the time in the upper-left corner to open the Clock app.

We hope to see more tweaks, such as opening the Calendar app when tapping the day or date or going directly into the Battery menu from the battery indicator icon in the right corner.

You can access the Clock app from the quick settings menu. Since the system makes the time icon bigger in the quick settings menu, jumping into the Clock app is convenient.

  1. Swipe down from the home screen to access the notification center. Swipe down again to access the quick settings menu.
  2. Tap the time to launch the Clock app.

Access the Clock app from the lock screen

If you set an alarm on Android, the system shows the info on the lock screen. You can long

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Google Clock gets weather integration

With Android 14 QPR1 Beta 2, a Google Weather experience is now integrated with the Google Clock app.

Update: Shortly after launch, Google appears to have pulled this functionality via a server-side update. The weather and associated settings no longer appear in Google Clock.


After installing Android 14 QPR1 Beta 2, weather will appear in the Google Clock app. In the “Clock” tab, you’ll see the current temperature, as well as high and low. To “Add local weather,” go to Settings and tap “Local weather on clock” to grant the necessary permissions. The temperature and high/low also appear on the “World” widget, which has to be at least 4×4 in size.

That is the extent of the integration, which is good for getting a brief idea of the weather in the places you follow. It would be nice if you could tap the current conditions and see a full forecast somewhere.

Behind-the-scenes, QPR1 Beta 2 adds a com.google.android.apps.weather APK/service that is powering the Google Clock integration. It does not have a launcher icon, but appears in settings as a yellow sun with a blue background.

As such, devices like the Pixel 7 Pro still do not have the redesigned Google Weather introduced with the Pixel Tablet and Fold. You still get the Google (Search) app UI, with Google not yet expanding availability to older phones (though we did see it on the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro yesterday).

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Google Clock 7.4 and Calculator 8.4 rolling out

Google is rolling out minor updates to its Calculator (version 8.4) and Clock (7.4) apps on Android.

Google Clock just rolled out the ability to record custom alarm sounds on Pixel phones using the Recorder app. On other devices, “Your sounds” lets you select any existing local file. This feature became available via a server-side update, with version 7.3 released in October. That release added the ability to pause alarms and a more obvious multi-timer UI. Before that, a tablet redesign (7.2) was introduced.

So far, Google Clock 7.4, which is not yet widely rolled out via the Play Store, just adds “Privacy policy” to the app’s overflow menu, which is getting a bit long as this new shortcut appears everywhere. It just opens policies.google.com/privacy rather than anything app-specific.

Calculator 8.4 is also rolling out with the addition of a Privacy policy shortcut in the overflow menu. Back in June, the app picked up a Quick Settings tile and two-column UI for tablets. 

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You can now record a custom alarm sound with Google’s Android clock app

Sometimes you can see a trend coming a mile away and, if there ever was one coming for the technology community, this is surely it.

Google’s Android clock app has long allowed users to add a custom sound to use for alarms and timers on their phones, but the process has been a little annoying. In order to accomplish the task, users were forced to go through a file management system in order to upload the sound for use as an alarm or timer sound.

Thankfully, Google has said, “no more!” Now, users will be able to record whatever sounds they can think of directly into the clock app, unlocking what is sure to be a period of the most creative alarm and timer sounds that have ever graced our ears.

As reported by XDA Developers, the update to the clock app is rolling out now so users should be able to start using the new feature shortly.

With the new feature, you don’t have to go through any hoops, and you can directly record a new alarm or timer sound right within the Clock app. Once the feature rolls out to your device, you’ll see a new Record new option in the Alarm sound and Timer sound settings. Tapping on it will open the Recorder app, allowing you to record a new alarm or timer sound easily.

The report does note, however, that it is likely currently limited mostly to Pixel phones as it uses the Pixel-exclusive Recorder app in order to actually get the audio recording.

Sadly, this feature appears to be limited to Pixel devices, as it relies on the Pixel-exclusive Recorder app. As Mishaal Rahman points out, it seems to send the MediaStore.RECORD_SOUND intent targeting the com.google.android.apps.recorder, which is the package name for the Recorder

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