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Android Weather - 14 Days

Loie Favre (translation)
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There are heaps of weather apps now available in Google Play and often it’s hard to find a good one.  There are a few familiar names which stand out now and again and from time to time a new one will try its luck in the large market. One of these is an app called "Android Weather - 14 Days". It hasn’t been an app for long and it is still in beta status, but the app description does read very positively.

What the app does well and whether it has fulfilled its potential can read in today’s app test review.

Android Weather - 14 Days
3 ★★★☆☆

Rating

Good👍
  • Good design
  • Customizes well
Bad👎
  • A few presentation problems
  • The Android back button closes the app entirely
  • Ad pop-ups and banners
Tested on Android Version Root Modifications Tested version Latest version
Google Galaxy Nexus 4.3 No none v1.0.6 v1.1.0

Features & Use

Once you start "Android Weather - 14 Days", you are brought immediately to the main view in which the detected or selected location, the current temperature, a description of the weather with a few brief words and an animated picture are displayed. Also located here are the update buttons to switch between Celsius and Fahrenheit, or between the parts about the weather and the temperature (a link that leads to a nicely edited page), and finally a button to display the forecast for the next 14 days. The weather data involves an integration with openweathermap.org.

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The home screen (right) and settings (left). © AndroidPIT

From this main screen, one is able to navigate to other features of the app, and this happens in a fairly unusual way: just about swiping. Swiping to the left will bring your local selection and searches, swiping down to settings, up to make a wallpaper selection and finally to the right to the rest of the weather settings. This type of navigation sounds very confusing at first, but once you have spent a few minutes getting used to it you will be fine.  Whether you find this type of navigation odd or cumbersome also comes down to a matter of taste.

The settings of the app are very clear:  choose the language, wind speed units and automatic updating and their frequency. The language settings will only change a few words, while the update frequency had me a little confused. You are able to switch the weather update on and off, and when you click on "Rate" (which should actually be changed by the interval) you will be forwarded to Google Play.

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You can choose your background as well as see more specific weather data. © AndroidPIT

Screen & Controls

As described above, it might take some time to get used to the controls for "Android Weather - 14 Days". For example, what also bothers me is that the Android back button won’t bring you to the previous page as usual, the app will close completely. While this is logical if you consider the general navigation principals of the app, it is so unusual for me that I was constantly accidentally close the app.

In terms of design, the developers really put in a lot of effort and this can be seen in the weather details. Some icons are animated and move intuitively; even the background image of the entire app can be changed. Actually you should be able to select the latter from the gallery, but this didn’t work for me.

Speed & Stability

In regards to the speed, there isn’t anything to complain about with "Android Weather - 14 Days"! Both swiping through the different views and the weather updates functioned quickly and easily. The app is stable and didn’t crash on me one single time.

Price/Performance Ratio

The free version of the app "Android Weather - 14 Days" includes advertising and unfortunately, no little amount. The great looking design of the app is in fact hugely disturbed by the two banners above and below. There are also the occasional pop-ups which don’t make things any better. If this is really bothering you, investing the 89 cents for the ad-free version is a good idea.

Final Verdict

The Weather app "Android Weather - 14 Days" did a very good job in many respects. The design is very good, though it still needs to be finished in some areas. Functionally, the app actually does all that is needed. However, there are still many things that need to be improved or resolved; hopefully this will be done in the final version. For a beta version of the app, it definitely works well.

(originally by Ludwig Hubert)

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  • Paul Taylor 7 months ago Link

    Are you serious??? I would NEVER allow such an ugly app onto my phone.

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