Wait, before you jump outside wearing your favorite sombrero, did you remember to check your Android weather app? The Play Store is littered with hundreds of useful weather apps and widgets, but which are the best ones for your needs? Is it accuracy that matters most to you? Usability, perhaps? Or maybe you just want something which won't destroy your battery life? Here are some of the best weather apps and best weather widgets for Android.
The Weather Channel: best for world weather news
The Weather Channel is the go-to weather app for many Android users with up-to-date and accurate weather information. It includes hourly, 36-hour and 10-day forecast options, as well as the usual gamut of weather conditions like wind speed, humidity, UV index, visibility, dew point and pressure. It also has a slick interface, featuring a weather-related videos section with clips from around the world.
It’s simple to use and intuitive, though it doesn’t feature all of the necessary info on a single page like some other apps do, this is the price you pay for extras like Ski Conditions, Flu and Pollen data. (You also can tap on most items to receive more detailed information.) It's undoubtedly one of the best weather apps for Android.
1Weather: best widgets and animations
1Weather is one of the best free weather apps for Android, not only because of the immense amount of weather information it is able to share (weather, temperature, wind speed, UV index etc), but also because of its awesome graphics, design and setup. It's really got it all: real-time and regularly updated weather forecasts for your home base, but also anywhere in the world.
In addition, you'll get precipitation info, animated sunrise and sunsets, and an accurate 10-day weather forecast. On the design side, 1Weather has live weather backgrounds and live animated radars for severe weather, and gives you the option of creating your own background. There are also many home screen widgets, which consist of the regular square format as well as three clock formats, which are consistently high quality. It's an amazing overall package, and it's free.
Accuweather: best for serious weather addicts
Accuweather is one of the staples of weather apps on Android. It's usually accurate and filled with great information including the awesome RealFeel index (which suggests what the outdoor temperature "feels like", rather than what it is).
Accuweather comes loaded with graphs, maps, radar and even video weather forecasts for your region. It's a comprehensive app, but some might be put off by layout - it's certainly not the easiest to navigate.
Yahoo Weather: best for ease of use
Yahoo Weather, a free weather app for Android, offers tons of information without ever feeling cluttered, and features ever-changing backgrounds from Flickr, making it feel forever fresh.
There are many sizes and kinds of widgets for your home screen, and you’ll often get notifications in your status bar. It has all an average user would need without going overboard with any over-the-top professional features, though the one thing that could be improved on is location precision.
GO Weather: best free version of a paid app
GO Weather offers reliable weather information, nicely displayed on a well-made user interface. In comparison to some other apps, weather updates happen a lot more frequently, and in addition to weather predictions, you’ll also get information on such things as sunrise and sunset, chances of precipitation, wind speeds and more.
GO Weather also comes with a live wallpaper which displays the various weather scenarios, plus it has a few widgets to choose between as well.
There’s a free and a paid version of Go Weather, meaning you'll have to suffer in-app ads and locked-out content unless you fork over some cash. That being said, the weather information on the free version is just as accurate.
HD Widgets: best for DIY widget creation
HD Widgets gives you the ultimate freedom: create your own custom weather widget and switch between several weather information services including Accuweather, Weatherbug and Weather Underground so you can get a quick overview of several forecasts rather than relying on just one.
The HD Widgets ingenuity doesn't stop there though: you can add battery info, utility toggles (Wi-Fi, ringer etc) and even choose your preferred weather service, calendar app and clock.
It's a great solution to the problem of installing multiple weather apps, however HD Widgets has been known to dramatically reduce battery life. These problems may be a thing of the past thanks to recent updates, though, so give it a whirl on your handset and you might be pleasantly surprised.
Weather Underground: best for getting involved
The self-proclaimed “world’s most accurate hyper-local weather forecasts”, Weather Underground employs the combined services of over 33,000 weather stations to offer localized reports from a widespread weather community.
This is said to produce a more personalized experience, tailored to your real-time location; users can even give updates on how the weather is in their area, rather relying on what other sources are reporting the weather. The interface is highly detailed and shows everything you could ask for on one convenient and useful page.
Arcus Weather: best at a glance
The Arcus Weather app has a no-frills approach to its interface, which is mostly a dull and grey across its “now”, “hourly” and “daily” pages, but it is very accessible. Arcus features widgets, and weather updates which can be accessed from the notification bar, all supported by a weather algorithm which aggregates a number of sources to provide the most accurate information possible.
Arcus weather’s descriptions are nice and detailed, with statements like “light rain through the week, with temperatures falling to 50 degree fahrenheit on Friday,” making it very useful for providing a quick overview.
WeatherBug: best for extra features
WeatherBug excels in the design and user interface department, plus it is able to pin-point the weather forecast not only to your city but to your actual neighborhood. In addition to forecasts and severe weather warnings, the developers have incorporated a traffic camera section to avoid jams and the possibility to share photos and albums.
You can customize it to your lifestyle, to know, for example, if you can run to the gym on a specific day, as well as personalize your home screen, language, and save multiple locations.
Google Now: best for simplicity
Google Now has a lot to offer in the form of cards which you can customize to show information that you need, when you need it. One of these is a weather card, which displays the daily forecast for your current location, work location and travel destinations. The desighn is very "Google": simple, minimalistic, and informative.
Another available card is for public alerts, which gets you emergency information that comes right from the National Weather Services and the U.S Geological Survey. You can get Google Now as long as you have a Google account, and the Google Search app installed on your Android device. Tap on the Google Search app, tap on the search box, or swipe from the bottom up and this will bring you to Google Now.
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