There are a ton of weather apps for the Android operating system, most manufacturers preload some of these in their products, so when you get a new phone, chances are that you will get to see an app or widget showing the current weather. The Google App also offers one card dedicated to showing the current weather and weather forecasts for the days to come, if you tap that card you can get additional information like hourly temperature or forecast for additional days. Of course, users can download whichever one they want based on how the app looks as well as the functionality it brings to their devices. Here’s one option, which happens to be one of the most comprehensive solutions and it has just received a major overhaul.
It’s called Weather Underground, and what makes it unique is that it gets live crowd-sourced data to provide a forecast for your precise location. It also includes interactive radar, satellite maps, and severe weather alerts. The app has been updated to version 5.0 with a whole new look inspired by Material Design, but it still includes all of the most popular features. The new design features improved legibility and now users can scroll through the whole forecast, plus it has been optimized for tablets. There’s a new navigation drawer on the left side, which allows to switch between locations and manage your favorites. While users were limited to one weather station per city, now they can choose from one of the more than 140,000 available ones with the “Refine” map, plus, there’s a new Hurricane tile to keep you informed. The ad is now rectangular and discrete, but you can pay a yearly subscription to remove it. Users can choose between a light and dark theme, plus they can rearrange the tiles.
Other features include the ability to see the temperature and current conditions from the status bar, there are 10 days of forecast, an interactive map shows the personal weather stations around you and the Health tile provides information about air quality, UV risk, and local flu outbreaks. There are also some customizable widgets and you could get push notifications about extreme weather.