One of the coolest features included in Android 4.1 was the enhanced notifications. If an app supports the feature, you can swipe down and expand the data being shown. Many of the stock apps do this, but third-party developers have been taking advantage as well. Notification Weather offers its own twist on notifications by adding rich weather forecasts to your Jelly Bean device's notification shade.

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This app's notification comes in two forms. The first is a single line with the current conditions. The other is a two-line block with the current conditions and a 4-day forecast. You can choose in the settings what units you want, how often it updates, and whether it defaults to the expanded or collapsed view. Like many apps that utilize ongoing notifications, Notification Weather uses a persistent icon in the status bar, which bothers some people.

Notification Weather is free in Google Play and it's very clever, so it's definitely worth checking out. You will need to be on Android 4.1 or higher to run it, though.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Plerisei

    I think I may download this. I don't really like the one's built into Roms. They have work usually; and since its an app like any other app, might as well use what works.

  • itznfb

    Just installed this and it looks pretty sweet. Thanks.

  • http://www.dsaif.tk/ Saif

    Great work!

  • Hilman_ca

    Sweet, I was just commenting on a few app review pages in Google Play that they should incorporate this feature into the JB notification area.

  • Daniel Streit

    Design kinda reminds me of Cyanogenmods Lockscreens weather :D

  • Davy Jones

    Well, the app certainly is attractive, but I really don't see the need for having the weather as a persistent notification. I could use a widget if I always wanted to see this informatiom. I would much rather an app use dismissible notifications (like Google Now) so that I could get a forecast pushed to me a few times a day.

  • http://blog.ravrahn.net/ Owen Cassidy

    Another great use of Jelly Bean features. Excited to try this out.

  • spydie

    1weather already does this and it puts the temp in the persistant notification instead of a "sun" icon.

  • bassman418

    BeWeather is the best ,IMO.

    • Brian Menius

      Love BeWeather, but in the sense of Android's open nature, I'm glad to see someone taking advantage of the rich notification features.

      Now's a good time to make like Boost Mobile and ask Pandora, “where you at?"

  • Laborin_HK

    I'm happy with Google now telling me every now and then. Don't see the need to have another app doing essentially the same thing.

  • Tee

    This has been around with AOKP for a while already.