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Dec
weatherlive

I have a confession to make: I love weather apps. It's not so much that I always want to know what the weather is (even though I do), it's that I just loving seeing all that information on one screen. Current temp, high, low, time, hourly and daily forecast - it's enlightening. Like so many other people, though, I don't just want to see this info in a dry manner. Weather in text form is boring - I want it to be pretty! You know, like weather is naturally.

Enter a beautiful weather app called Weather Live. This app has been exclusive to the Amazon Appstore for the last several months, but it's now in the Play Store for all to enjoy.

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It shows all sorts of information on one screen: current temp and conditions, "real feel," high, low, time (local), date, hourly and daily forecasts, and more. The options are simple and few - just the way a weather app should be. You can add different locations, change temp, wind speed, pressure, and time format settings; as well as control the app's layout according to what info you want to see. 

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The main problem I see with the app is that, for the time being, it's not compatible with some tablets, which includes the Nexus 7. I think the layout would look fantastic on a 7" device, so I hope the developer tweaks the Store listing in the near future.

For a limited time, the app - normally $1.99 - is only $0.99 in the Play Store. Hit the widget to grab it.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Magneira

    Cool, but beautiful widgets with its new version is still better

  • Sqube

    Looks pretty nice, but does it provide any more information than the new Beautiful Widgets weather widget does? That's also pretty and massively informative.

  • JordanMcRae

    Eye in the Sky is much nicer looking

  • moelsen8

    are those bottom two pictures the app itself being open, or LWP's? if those were LWP's, shut up and take my money!

    • Martin Goodlace

      No LWP option :( I purchased the app.

  • Wayne Randall

    Weatherbug got a much needed update and it's very reliable in my area. I doubt Weather Live can compete with Beautiful Widgets or HD Widgets, even the standalone Weatherbug.

  • leoingle

    Beweather >>> all others

    • Rich

      Agree, Be Weather IS the best weather app there is. Period.

  • Matteo Luigi Riso

    No widget? Oh, come on!!!

  • Martin Goodlace

    Somewhat OK .. no home screen widgets available !!! the widgets that are mentioned are for the application itself .. hopefully this gets updated and new features added .. no radar !!! Application in Google Play states Dec 12 2012 version 1.0 .. if this has been out already with Amazon AppStore for the past "several" months (as stated above) .. updates are obviously not a high priority on this !!!

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      Amazon shows an "original" release date of July 30, but a "first available" date of September 13. I'm not familiar with Amazon's particular oddities, so I'm not really sure what the difference is between those two types of dates unless the the "first available" date is related to when the latest version was released.

      As for the version on Amazon, it's listed as v1.5. That's 5 versions in about 5 months (or less). Considering Amazon is fully curated (like Apple's store) and most developers report a 6-10 day wait time for their updates to be accepted, I think they are pushing updates in a pretty timely fashion.

      The thing that does worry me is the choice to mark the version on Google Play as v1.0. Based on screen shots and feature list, they look the same. If they continue that pattern, people who buy it from Google Play and have the Amazon Appstore installed will constantly get update notifications from Amazon insisting that they've got a more recent version.

      On another note, I agree on the lack of homescreen widgets, which appears to be pissing off a lot of people in the Play Store (for an otherwise good looking app, a 2.6 rating is pretty brutal). I can understand why they wouldn't worry about widgets on Amazon's store, some fairly large portion (I've heard it's around 65%) of Amazon's app sales come from the Kindle Fire, which doesn't support widgets. However, I can't imagine why they would even consider launching on the Play Store without homescreen widgets. I also don't understand the lack of support for "some" tablets since the app has obviously been designed to support the 7" Kindle Fire and they've also customized the iOS version for the iPad (though, there's no mention or pictures of the iPad Mini).

      After looking at the developer's website, they are obviously a contracting shop that also does app development. It's pretty clear that their efforts are focussed on iOS and Android is a much lower priority, which I wouldn't judge them for. I suspect they've had so many requests from clients to develop for Android that they finally gave in and hired a couple of guys to do it (which explains some of the decisions they've made so far). Purely based on this, I'm not really sure what to expect from their apps going forward; their Android side might get a lot better and deliver some real winning features, or they could continue releasing apps that are about 80% complete.

  • Ryan Neve

    What if you live somewhere with wind? Why do so many weather apps ignore wind and wind forecasts.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      Wind in the forecast or wind in the current conditions? In almost all screenshots it looks like the current wind is displayed along with direction.

      If you're looking for wind forecasts, I would be surprised if that's going to be anywhere besides a website, just because it's going to be specific to the time of day. Once you include wind in an hourly format, people will complain that there aren't forecasts for pressure, humidity, UV exposure, and everything else that can possibly have a number. I'm not saying somebody can't make that, but there will always be people who aren't happy with the results. Of course, if somebody can point me to a reliable source for that kind of data (that won't turn out to be too expensive), I'd be happy to build that app/widget.

    • G-MaN

      yr.no has wind forecasts and is generally awesome and precise. See Meteogram on iOS. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=no.nrk.yr&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsIm5vLm5yay55ciJd

  • Tee

    So it looks just the same as the iOS version, then?

  • http://twitter.com/LV2355 Laurentiu

    Very low ratings... wrong location, no widgets.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    Update - Weather Live got an update earlier tonight that includes homescreen widgets.

    "You asked, we listened! Weather widgets are now available!" - quote from the v1.1 update

    There are 3 widgets: 1x1, 2x1, and 4x2. There really aren't very many ways to configure the widgets; just the location (with an option for automatic location tracking) and the types of units. There's no way to change colors or styles, and there's no daily/hourly forecast yet. To their credit, this was a really fast response to the criticisms. I imagine that another update or two and they should have some more configuration options and styles for their widgets.

    I included a screenshot with each widget. The 4x2 widget is targeted close to where I live, the 2x1 widget is where I live, and the 1x1 widget is targeted at Fiji (to get a different weather icon).

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      Oh yeah, still no Nexus 7 support :(