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If you've given up on the official app of The Weather Channel in lieu of other, better-looking solutions, it may be time to give it another shot. The app has received a major update today that finally modernizes its previously-dated UI, bringing it up spec with the Android design guidelines. You know what that means – it's Holo, baby!

Not only is the app 4.0+ optimized, but it also brings a new tablet-friendly interface, as well as a killer new feature that will tell you the exact time rain (or other less-than-ideal weather conditions) are going to hit your area. That's slick.

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Past that, the all-new app includes faster maps, more detailed forecasts, a refresh button, sharing capabilities, and a "better selection of videos." Basically, forget everything you knew about The Weather Channel's app, because for all intents and purposes, this is an entirely new thing. And it's fantastic.

As always, The Weather Channel is free – hit the widget to give it a shot.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. 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-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • RedPandaAlex

    Very nice redesign. I have exactly three problems with it:

    1. Who releases a whether app without a widget?
    2. I would pay money to get rid of the ads, but I don't seem to have the option.
    3. Forecast and Video need to be reversed in the tabs. I'm much more likely to want a forecast than to see videos.

    • Lexster

      There are three widgets for the new app that I can see.

      • RedPandaAlex

        I see them now. Weird. They didn't show up until I restarted.

        • Lexster

          It's an Android thing. I've had that happen with various apps where the widgets don't show until after a reboot.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

            You can also kill the launcher and re-open it.

  • Clinton Hammond

    So far I'm liking it...

    But the map... is it supposed to be "live"? Cause I don't see it change at all... and the "traffic" layer doesn't seem to add anything either....

    How can I turn off the Notification in my Status Bar? Or is that supposed to be instead of a widget? (I think I'd rather have a widget thanks)

  • Imran

    crashhhhhhhhhh

  • Taylor

    No notification widget?

    • Kevin Wong

      There is, but it requires a couple extra steps:

      Go to the first tab, Map.Then Add a Location.

      You can then either select Add a Location or Follow Me.

      The next screen will let you choose if you want to have Notifications for Temperature and Alerts.

  • Robert Hicks

    Like the design but hate seeing ads for Toyota. I'd buy a paid version.

  • Mike

    Its about time!

  • Mvil

    I can't even open the app without having a crash notification on my Nexus 7...

  • asianrage

    Forget about the app, I want that fake device.

  • squiddy20

    I love how they've got this new "mPOINTS" thing (which isn't even mentioned in the changelog), and when you click "How It Works" in the settings expecting an explanation of what it's all about, you're only greeted with "start earning" or "sync account". The only way to get any info about the new service is to hit "help" from the dropdown menu and go through what is basically an FAQ. Pitiful.
    Also, the full screen Toyota ad as a background on the main page makes me like this app a whole lot less. Thinking I'll be sticking to Weatherbug for awhile yet...

  • RedLexLee

    They're trying to keep up with the Joneses... rain starts at 3:15? Skymotion much?