With it being the time of year where looking out of the window can yield such a variety of results – especially for many of us here in the Northern Hemisphere – it’s often a good idea to have an idea of how conditions will pan out during the day. On Android, there are weather apps aplenty, so it’s a good time to round up some of the better efforts.
Now, you’ll probably be aware that many clock widgets also feature a weather function too. However, I have left most of these out here, instead focusing on more dedicated weather apps. There are few here that tag a clock into their app, but I hope you understand when I leave something out like Fancy Widgets or Beautiful Widgets. So, for some informative, beautiful and useful weather apps, read on…
WeatherPro is a detailed and helpful weather app that also features a slew of handy widgets. The app features 7-day forecasts with up to three-hour intervals, a live wallpaper, radar pictures and even satellite images.
It’s wonderfully detailed but I found the UI and widgets to look a bit dated. If you want a wealth of accurate data, this is by far one of the best apps available. If you want something that looks pretty, this might not be as aesthetically pleasing as you’d hope for.
Aix Weather Widget provides a quick and useful view of the weather from your home screen. While it’s incredibly easy to configure, it’s also very customisable. Essentially, all you need to do is add your location and it creates a slick 24-hour graph which plots the weather and temperature. You can also customise the look and feel of the app, and alter measurement units and the like.
It’s a neat-looking 4×1 widget that can accommodate itself to any home screen layout and quickly gives you a day’s forecast with one glance. If you don’t have time for detailed animations or looking searching around for 24 hour forecasts within an app, this is an ideal option for understanding the weather on the go.
Weather Forecast Widget is another widget-only app. It’s perhaps notable that the developer is Francois Deslandes, who has created a variety of highly customisable widgets for Android, including calendar, news messenger and music widgets. The weather widgets here are straightforward to install and feature lots of options.
Perhaps the coolest thing with this is the level of customisability. There are eight different widgets available, from a 1×1 forecast to 4×4 forecast/calendar option. Better yet, these are all skinnable, so they can fit in with pretty much any theme you might have on your device.
Massively customisable, Weather Services features pretty graphics that kind of bounce on your screen when you enter it. The app features four different widgets, so can be squeezed onto most home screens too. There’s plenty of useful data: humidity, dew point, expected rain levels, air pressure, gust speed, wind speed, and sunrise and sunset times.
For an app that looks good and contains detailed info, Weather Services Pro is a superb option. You can also customise the theme of the app and make it look however you want; fonts, background and text outlines can all be changed. Where available you can access localised webcams to see weather conditions for yourself. All in all it’s a nice app and a good idea for people who want their weather app to both look good and be informative.
The Weather Channel seems to have been around for ages. Arguably one of the easiest to use apps of this collection, it doesn’t go into too much detail but is incredibly fast and intuitive. The app gives you a forecast of up to ten days, and presents a nice arrangement of data without becoming overbearing. One thing I really like about The Weather Channel app is the videos; these are not forecasts – like WeatherBug provides – but instead are topical news stories loosely related to weather or travel. The videos are high quality and look pretty cool.
I’d say The Weather Channel app is ideal for people that want to keep track of weather in a simple fashion. Nothing too complex (either information-wise or aesthetically); it just tells you the weather in a simple yet familiar way. If you want an absolutely no-fuss solution, this might be the perfect option.
WeatherBug, I think, was one of the earliest developed weather apps for Android. It has plenty of cool info: 7 day forecasts, pollen data, temperatures, precipitation, wind, sun, humidity and pressure. The app also features a regularly updated weather forecaster video. Now, although this video seems only concerned with the US, it’s a nice addition.
WeatherBug, to be fair, is a neat little app despite its age. There have been some enhancements to the UI too and you can customise the look and feel of the app. It lacks the 3D videos and animations of other titles, but it makes up for it with a wealth of info. Another app that attempts to strike a nice balance between looks and data.
Go Weather is the weather app from the mighty Go Dev Team. Despite being a free app, it’s also an absolute belter. It includes high-definition and themed weather videos that are incredibly impressive, as well as forecasts, widgets and a live wallpaper.
For this beauty you do have to sacrifice level of information. The themed weather videos look great but the amount of data you get is vastly limited compared to other apps here. If you like the jaw-dropping visuals, this is perfect; it’s totally free and highly customisable. However, if you need to know the chance of rain in four days’ time, this isn’t going to cut the mustard.
BeWeather, a beautifully designed weather app that has enjoyed popularity on the Blackberry platform, has now made its way to Android. It blends gorgeously animated weather and regularly updated information with cool widgets, 7-day forecasts and plenty of aesthetic customisations.
It’s not as informed as some of the apps here, but it certainly rivals the likes of Go Weather in terms of richly animated weathering. If you want something truly pretty, BeWeather is perfect. However, if you need solid information and detailed forecasts, it falls some way short of apps such as WeatherPro.
Weather, Radar, Alerts, Quakes is another brilliant app bursting at the seams with useful weather data. If you’re an Android-sporting deep sea fisherman or aspiring meteorologist this is the weather app of your dreams. Teeming with info, it includes: forecasts, temperatures, moon phases, barometer, earthquakes, alerts and sunrise/sunset times in addition to 17 different types of widget!
It’s not a bad looking app either, but do not expect the deliciousness of Go Weather or BeWeather. It’s probably the most informative app on the Market as far as weather is concerned, so if you need a meaty app with a diverse variety of data, check this out.
Yahoo might not be the trendiest name on the web any more, but they have a knack for creating pretty cool Android apps – check out their email client, or even the UI on the Android Flickr app. Their weather offering has a hugely polished feel to it, and provides a nice background (via Flickr images) and a 5-day forecast.
However, that’s really about it. There’s very little other information available. If you really like the Yahoo apps, take a look. It’s simple, and let’s you roughly know what to expect. The UI is quite nice, but very simplistic and the data the app provides is massively limited.
Palmary Weather is an attractive yet still functional weather app that blends smooth UI with just the right amount of information for most users. It offers forecasts up to an impressive (although surely a little shaky) 15 days, in addition to 10 different widgets, various notifications, airport delays and atmospheric conditions.
Palmary Weather is a lovely app to use and finds a nice place between good looks and information. It’s neither as luscious to look at as Go Weather, nor as informed as Weather Radar, Alerts, Quakes however it does perhaps strike a nice balance between the two. Definitely check it out if you want the best of both worlds.
So there you have a quick and blustery shower of weather apps for your Android device. I think there is a nice mix here of super-informative apps for the wannabe meterologist, the simple eye-candy apps for impressing your friends with and a few that lie in a middle ground; a nice level of useful information and also looks pretty good too. This hopefully caters for most types of users.
Many of these are paid apps, but if you look there are free versions for most of them. While the free versions do not always have the functionality, they at least give you a taste for the full version. So, wrap up warm, wear sunblock, don’t catch a cold, wear gloves, take in lots of water, don’t stand under a tree, don’t pull that face because if the wind changes it’ll stay that way and never, ever forget your umbrella.