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The 5 Best Weather Widgets for Android

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Almost everyone has a weather widget on his or her home screen, either just out of sheer habit of wanting to know whether rain is on the horizon, or keeping an eye out for those sunny weekends. Here are five weather widgets that we’ve tested out and want to show you. 

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Rain? Shine? Sometimes looking right out the window doesn't cut it. / © flickr/sanfamedia.com

Eye in the Sky Weather

Eye in the Sky Weather is a very clear and clean app in its design. The widgets are available in four different sizes, from a minimalist view up to a five-day prediction. With a tap of the finger on the current day’s forecast, it opens up more information including wind speed, air pressure, humidity, current and forecasted temperature, and a prediction for the next five days.

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Clean, sleek, and minimalistic. / © AndroidPIT

A nice little addition is the icon set within the app, boasting 14 different icons. The predictive accuracy of forecast is within a few degrees of the “real” temperature, but with anything weather related, it’s a lot of guessing and predictions.

1Weather

This weather widget displays the current weather information in very simple and minimalistic approach as well. 1Weather also has some pretty eye-catching animated weather icons and a background that you can customize with different colors and images. The six different pages on the widget give detailed information on precipitation, temperature, wind speed, and UV index as well.

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Small and round. Another widget implementation with all the information needed/ © 1Weather

As with the previous app, with a tap of your finger you can open up a detailed view of the forecast for the next few days. One of the nicer additions, the circular widget as seen above, provides most of the information that you need on the fly in a compact method.

Yahoo! Weather

Trying out something new, both in their app and widget, Yahoo! Weather users Flickr images to describe the current weather conditions. Based on your location, they choose a countless number of beautiful (and colorful) pictures that change at different time intervals.

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Bringing high contract and bright colors to your weather widget. / © Yahoo!

There are three different widgets available that show you most of the necessary information, as the larger you go, you don’t any more information than the smallest one. With a tap on the widget, it brings up a four-day view, complete with background image. One nice addition is that widget provides severe weather warnings.

Android Weather & Clock Widget

The free weather app Android Weather Widget & Clock comes with five beautiful widgets, which can be adjusted based on what type of information you want displayed. If you are not interested, for example, on knowing the humidity, you can easily just uncheck it in the Widget Settings.

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A nice design with many options. What more could you want? © Android Weather Widget & Clock

As well, you can also share the weather information with friends and contacts, which could be useful for planned events outside. The widgets are presented in an uncluttered look with realistic symbols and also enable you to save multiple locations at one time.

Weather Network Widget

A popular app due to its user base, the Weather Network Widget comes with widgets in three different sizes. For more information, such as wanting to see a week long forecast, you can tap on the widget and bring up all the extra information including a rainfall radar and whatnot.

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Simple, but definitely lacks the polish of the other widgets. / © Google Play

Particularly useful is the ability to get ski reports from Canadian and American ski resorts as well as watch weather via video from within the app. While it's not as polished as some of the other widgets displayed above, it gets the information across and comes with a ton of detailed information should you need it. 

Alternatives

I suspect that the weather widgets are probably one of the most used widgets on your smartphone or mobile device, and as such, there are a ton of alternatives to the list provided above. As such, there are a ton of options out there for your Android device. 

Which weather widget or application do you use the most? What do you like about it?

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