With winter in full swing (at least for countries in the Northern Hemisphere), weather apps and widgets see an increasing number of downloads. We posed the question to our AndroidPIT forum to see which weather apps our member are using for figuring out how many layers of long-johns they should be wearing.
One of the more popular ones is definitely this free Android app which offers weather in real time. WeatherBug includes forecasts for 2.6 million locations around the globe, a new photo section for users to post pictures and albums of the weather and scenery around them, as well as the new in-app camera option for quick photo sharing.
With my foreigner’s preconception that it always rains in England, it makes sense for the BBC to have a really effective and accurate weather app. This one doesn't muddle around with a flashy interface and keeps it clear and simple bearing only the essentials. It includes hourly forecasts, location search and favorites, pressure, visibility and humidity information and extra details on pollen, pollution, UV and sunrise/set times. Coming in both landscape and portrait mode, it supports 7 and 10 inch tablets and provides a lock screen widget for devices running Android 4.2 and later. Some other functions include NFC sharing, text to speech and sharing via social networks. Install BBC Weather.
The Arcus app series made by developers Kushan Jayatilleke comes with three apps: Archus Hyper Local Weather, Arcus Weather Pro Key and Arcus Weather for DashClock. The first listed is your basic forecast app broken down to the exact minute. The choice of either Holo theme dark or light give the interface a clean look. In terms of functions, it offers home screen and lock screen widgets, DashClock extensions, notifications, customizable viewing and more. The Pro version will get rid of ads and give you a few more custom locations to add.
eWeather HD, Radar HD, Alerts
This next app isn’t free, however paying a little bit of money in the Android world goes a long way, especially if you consider the number of excellent free apps that exist. eWeather HD is a step up from a basic weather app and includes animated radars on Google maps to show you weather conditions happening in real time. By taking their data from known weather providers, like US weather, they are able to give some super accurate forecasts. There’s also a few widgets to choose from.
Yahoo Weather app
I personally really like this app and I’m glad someone in our forum mentioned it: far from being drab, Yahoo Weather doesn’t just offer accurate and detailed weather info (heat, wind, severe weather, humidity, UV…) and forecasts for the next 10 days, but also really some stunning photos to match your location, time and current conditions. These photos are from users who have contributed to the app via flickr. It also comes with a nice widget which is sure to spruce up your home screen.
As a standard app to often come preinstalled on Android devices and Google TVs, Accuweather is definitely a trustworthy free weather app. In working with Google to give you super accurate weather, the app includes customizable forecasts, multilocation widgets, graphs and widgets. Thanks to push notifications, you’ll be informed about severe weather. It goes one step further by providing a health and activity related section for outdoor fitness, travel, respiratory health and more.
I’d say that our AndroidPIT forum members are a bunch of clever and well-informed Android users. We love getting your feedback and the discussions going in the forums, so if you have you own to add, contribute to the forum thread today.