Currently: The Modern Way To View The Weather And Time, All In One Tab [Chrome]

Currently Feature Image   Currently: The Modern Way To View The Weather And Time, All In One Tab [Chrome]Are you ready to be introduced to the best New Tab/Start Page since the beginning of Google Chrome? Well you better get ready because it’s coming! Actually, it has already been around for several months now and has built quite a user base of “currently” over 120,000 users.

The extension is called Currently and it has made its way to our Best Of Chrome Extensions page. What does it do? Currently is a fast loading “theme” for your New Tab page that displays the current and upcoming weather and current time. I’ve personally been using it since it launched in August of 2012. There are quite a few New Tab and Start page extensions, but Currently reigns among the best, including the Speed Dial and Awesome New Tab Page extensions. It is completely designed with you in mind so let’s take a look at what it has to offer!

Adds Functionality Without Removing Features

One of the biggest drawbacks of a New Tab page is that even with some added benefits, you also might lose features, such as access to Chrome’s default New Tab page or just an overall decrease in browser loading time and performance. This is not the case with Currently as it provides quick and easy access to the default New Tab page. I also haven’t noticed any decrease in performance. Actually, whenever I switched to making Currently my start page in place of the website MyFav.es, Chrome started up even faster since it didn’t have to load a web page.

Currently digital time   Currently: The Modern Way To View The Weather And Time, All In One Tab [Chrome]

At the time of this article, there are two primary components to Currently: time and weather. There are settings to customize it as well, but we will cover that later on.

Currently Weather   Currently: The Modern Way To View The Weather And Time, All In One Tab [Chrome]

TIP: To make Current your Start Page, go to the Chrome settings and under the On startup, check the option Open the New Tab page.

Make Currently Your Start Page edited   Currently: The Modern Way To View The Weather And Time, All In One Tab [Chrome]

Slick, Modern, Minimalistic Interface

The interface is what really sets Currently apart from all the other New Tab page alternatives. Sure many have a lot of features and customizability, but if their interfaces don’t have a clean and modern look to it, I personally don’t find them very appealing. Currently on the other hand is appealing.

Currently large   Currently: The Modern Way To View The Weather And Time, All In One Tab [Chrome]

You’re probably thinking, “Alright, so Currently looks nice. But what happens when I want to resize the browser?” Great question! This is what happens.

Currently Resized   Currently: The Modern Way To View The Weather And Time, All In One Tab [Chrome]

I was impressed with that whenever I first saw it. Now granted, if the browser is resized too far, Currently doesn’t “currently” adjust the size of text or icons, so there is some interface issues with that. This has been brought up to the Currently developers, which they stated that “a responsive design is in the works”, meaning that it will conform to the size of your browser. I personally don’t see this as much of an issue (unless you use a netbook) as the majority of the time I have my browser either full screen or docked to one side, both of which Currently works well in.

Currently Bottom Right Corner Close up with arrows   Currently: The Modern Way To View The Weather And Time, All In One Tab [Chrome]

In the lower right hand corner, you will notice three icons (pictured above). The first is the Weather Underground logo, which takes you directly to the page with your current weather (pictured below). The second is a gear, which takes you to the settings. And the third is a rectangle full of smaller rectangles, which is the link to Chrome’s default tab page.

Weather Underground   Currently: The Modern Way To View The Weather And Time, All In One Tab [Chrome]

Customizable To Your Tastes

Now on to the settings. First, to access them, click on the gear icon in the lower right corner of the browser. There aren’t a lot of customizable options with Currently, but all of the ones that are available or necessary – it’s all about being minimalistic, yet offering enough to appeal to all the users.

The options that will probably be of the most interest to you lie in the System tab. Here you can choose to display the temperature in Fahrenheit or Celsius. The time is also adjustable in either 12 hour and 24 hour modes. There are a plethora of languages to choose from, so you’re sure to find yours (although I can’t guarantee that obviously). And lastly, you can choose your location.

Settings system   Currently: The Modern Way To View The Weather And Time, All In One Tab [Chrome]

Next is the layout where you can toggle animation that is shown upon loading a new tab and also choose whether to show the seconds on the clock.

Settings layout1   Currently: The Modern Way To View The Weather And Time, All In One Tab [Chrome]

 

Currently is also designed to pretty much fit into any color of theme that you have, with 9 colors to choose from and a toggle between light and dark text.

Settings style   Currently: The Modern Way To View The Weather And Time, All In One Tab [Chrome]

Developers Who Are Willing To Help And Listen

Settings credits   Currently: The Modern Way To View The Weather And Time, All In One Tab [Chrome]

Currently isn’t just a solid extension with excellent features and a clean interface, but it also has developers that stand behind it, make themselves available for you to contact. The developers, Henry and Vitaly, use their organization, Rainfall, as a front for Currently and their other projects they have going on. They use UserVoice to provide customer service and allow users to make suggestions and stay updated on what features are in progress. They also keep their users updated through their blog.

Conclusion

Overall, through my use of Currently, I’ve been very impressed by the look, feel and responsiveness of Currently. As of now, it has enough features to satisfy me, but it’s nice to know also that they’re working on fixes for known issues and also to add more features. But don’t worry, Currently will never be a cluttered mess full of “features” – it’s not known for that and they want to keep it that way.

If you appreciate minimalism, but also want something that adds some additional functionality to your New Tab page, without affecting the overall performance of your browser, definitely give Currently a try and let us know what you think too.

Do you use a Chrome weather tab or time tab Currently? If so, what do you like most about it? If you don’t use Currently, go download it from the Chrome Web Store and check it out for yourself. Then come back here and share your thoughts with us!

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13 Comments -

Nart Barileva

That’s some nice looking interface :)

Shaun Campbell

Okay, you talked me into trying it. :)

Nevzat A

Mobile interfaces and features coming to pc desktops via browsers, good :)

Bobby Castro

I would try this soon.

Jake Shakespeare

Why would you waste the real estate of the entire new tab page with only the weather and a clock? With Speed Dial 2 I have all of my frequent sites arrayed visually, including a weather site, and there’s a clock in the task bar. Am I missing something here?

Aaron Couch

Jake,

I think it’s about workflow. You’ve integrated Speed Dial 2 into your workflow. I personally use MyFav.es for the same purpose, even if Speed Dial 2 has more functionality.

I really don’t need anything more in a New Tab page. I’m opening a new tab because I know exactly where I want to go and I usually pay no attention to Currently and just type in the URL in the address bar. BUT Currently looks nice and provides a bit of useful information in a clean manner. Also, you don’t lose any functionality as the default New Tab page with the Chrome Apps can be accessed easily from it as well.

Again, like I said, I think it’s about workflow and the system you’ve made work for yourself. That’s what’s great about technology — we all have different ways of doing things. It’s good to be open minded. For example, I just might try Speed Dial 2 and see if it works for me! That said, I don’t really need a whole page full of links because, like I said, I usually know exactly where I want to go upon opening a new tab.

Bala Murugan.R vicky

I think this would seriously affect the importance of keeping daily use tabs, bookmarks, your really liked chrome theme and your new tab page loading. anyways there are lot of ways to have this timing and weather info in your gadget before opening up chrome. you could get all this info in the starting page of your windows,in u]your phones. wat say..!!!

Zviad Mikadze

great add-on,thx for info :)

A&L

I use forecastfox for firefox, probably work in chrome too
http://www.getforecastfox.com/
i put it on the bottom and it doesn’t take hardly any room
http://i.imgur.com/wTliEis.png

Max

I used to use it, but then I realized I don’t really need to see the weather every time I open a new tab.

Clyde Atwood

Right now, I have a trio of tabs that open: My Yahoo, i google and AOL. I think I’ll add it and make a foursome!!!

suneo nobi

There is another nice extension like this….
New Tab Page

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/new-tab-page/cikkigamncoobkmpenfdeniclmehdidh

Aaron Couch

Cool! Thanks for sharing that.