Version 7.20 of the Google app rolled out just a few days ago with an assortment of new features and minor changes. Today, a minor update to v7.20.16 hit the Play Store, and in typical fashion for an update without a major version bump, it looks a lot like a typical bug fix update. However, this one does include a few new strings that are slightly interesting. There are mentions of something called Google Temperature that might be worth watching out for.
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Unfortunately, there’s not much we can ascertain from the wording, but there is a new feature or service called Google Temperature that appears to be in the works. At the very least, this seems to be a specifically-branded product, given that “Google Temperature” is in title case. Judging by the prefix of the names, it’s also fair to assume this is a feature used through Google Assistant.
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<string name=”assistant_t_google_support_alert_message”>\”%1$ s\” is available on Assistant speakers but, not on this phone yet</string>
<string name=”assistant_t_google_alert_positive_label”>GOT IT</string>
The only other clue to be taken from this is a message telling users that the feature is available on Assistent-enabled speakers, but not on the phone. Note, the word ‘yet’ is used, so maybe this is a slow-rolling feature.
Unfortunately, that’s where the clues end. At least for now. I can confirm these lines are referenced in code, but that’s about it.
There’s not enough to make a clear guess about what Google Temperature is. I want to assume it’s related to weather – I’ve even accidentally written Google Weather a handful of times while typing this post – but there’s always a possibility that “temperature” is used as an abstract reference to something else, like trending topics or how busy something is. I’ll leave the speculation to the comments below.
As a brief thought, version 1.30.110178 of the Google Home firmware began rolling out in the last day or so. I can’t find anything related to Google Temperature from the few things I’ve tried, but there’s a chance the two are connected.
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