The greatest benefit of owning a smartphone is you can get constant, live updates for just about anything. It can be a sports event, traffic, or just the weather. Weather reports could arguably be the most advantageous aspect of owning a device. If you’re constantly on the move, you can get a realistic idea of what to expect in terms of weather when you reach your destination. You can plan your entire week based on what kind of weather conditions you can expect. All smartphones come with a stock weather app but they’re usually basic. If you”re looking for something better, whether in terms of information or UI, we have a list of the 8 best weather apps for Android you can check out.
8. Weather Underground
The new Weather Underground Android app provides the world’s most accurate hyper-local weather forecasts, an interactive radar, satellite maps and severe weather alerts. Here, hyper-local means you can actually pick your exact location using Google Maps and receive all updates pertaining to that region. The entire library of information on the weather can be accessed by scrolling to the end of the app and it takes quite a few scrolls to get the entirety of the information.
What differentiates this solution from the others is that this is community driven. You’re not just getting updated reports from meteorological professionals, you are also getting updates from people experiencing the weather at the very moment. This adds authenticity to the weather update experience.
1Weather claims to meet all your weather needs in a simple, beautiful package. 1Weather can track and show you weather forecasts and current conditions for any location around the world. It delivers real-time updates for your selected location(s). The app doesn’t just tell you the temperature but can also give you the precipitation forecast, Doppler radar, and even tell you the current phases of the sun and moon.
It has even won a a few app awards from the likes of CNN Tech and Lifehacker. It is quite an attractive and feature packed app.
GoLauncher has enjoyed success as one of the most popular launches on Android since long before Android launchers were easily changeable features. You could say they were one of the pioneers of the Launcher fads. In their development, they brought out supporting apps that would pad out the Go experience with a library of supported apps. To that end, they brought us the Go Weather Forecasts and Widget.
The widget is hyper customizable (all sizes) and sits politely and unintrusively on your home screen pushing as much information as it can accommodate. You can even install a live weather wallpaper to the app or even your home screen. The rest is standard forecasting, “feels like” temperature, precipitation, humidity, etc. Though the updates leave you wanting, as it said it was raining outside even though the sun was out.
Weather by Weatherbug stands out from the crowd by focusing on alerts. Weatherbug tracks and alerts you of any thunderstorms along with a lightning map layer as well as a Doppler radar to track any severe weather. Weatherbug delivers everything a weather app does and then some.
The Weather Channel app gives you a dynamic home screen that changes based on your current location, weather, and time of day. You get weather updates as they happen. Additionally, you get hourly, 15-day and weekend forecasts available in Celsius or Fahrenheit depending on which region you are in (you can even customize these regions if the need arises). You get access to current weather conditions with “feels like” weather, humidity, dew point, sunrise, sunset, wind speed, UV index, visibility, and barometric pressure. On top of that, you get Fast-loading Doppler radar maps that show past and future radar.
Admittedly, Google Now is not exclusively a weather app, but it puts Google’s multitude of features to innovative use when updating weather. Google Now understands your daily usage and can predict when you will be traveling and tells you the weather of where you are and where it thinks you will be going. It also sends a daily summary of what the weather will look like throughout the day. If you simply want to know about the weather, but do not want in-depth scientific analyses, then Google Now will provide you with all the information you will need about the weather to get your day started.
AccuWeather is about as definitive and comprehensive a weather service as can exist. A large number of the apps mentioned in this list borrow their statistics from AccuWeather as the accuracy part is built in to the name. With the AccuWeather app, you get a live wallpaper, an animated weather lock screen (where applicable). You get the AccuWeather MinuteCast, that gives you a minute-by-minute precipitation forecasts for the next two hours hyper-localized to your exact street address or GPS location. This includes precipitation type and intensity, and start and end times for precipitation. Though the precipitation data is available only for a select few locations (US and few countries across Europe).
Other regions, however, are not left out. You get global forecasts for snow, ice, rain, wind, or the probability of thunderstorms, you’ll see an orange card with an exclamation point displayed within the location’s current conditions with a brief summary of any alert(s) in effect.
The app comes with a radar that functions with Google Maps. Additionally, local weather forecast summaries that provide an overview of the next five days’ weather forecast along with a description of the most dramatic weather event expected during that time. You can also purchase access to more advanced forecasts (30 and 90 days), but the weather being what it is, is hardly bound to accuracy in this timeframe. You can add a status bar in the homescreen displaying the current temperature for your current or home location.
Based on sheer design and volume of knowledge, Yahoo! Weather app is our number one pick for weather reporting. With much success on iOS, it has fared just as well on Android. You get stunning photos that match the weather outside. You can add forecasts to home screen widgets. It is phenomenally well-designed yet highly functional. You get detailed weather information, including 10-day and 24-hour temperature forecasts, interactive radar, satellite, heat, and wind maps.
Yahoo! Weather also delivers severe weather alerts (globally), animated sunrise & sunset times, and wind & pressure modules, humidity sensor, UV index, and chance of precipitation.