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WeatherBug has been a big name in online weather forecasting for a number of years, and it was one of the first full-featured weather apps on Android. The problem, however, is that the app looked like it was designed by inebriated orangutans. Well, no more. The WeatherBug app has been updated with new features and a streamlined (not ugly) UI.

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The new app has Holo-style tabs up top along with a drop-down for your locations. It also uses the left side slide-out menu system many apps are implementing these days. It still does all the usual weather app things like updating the current conditions, multi-day forecasts, and animated radar maps. New features include push alerts for severe weather, lightning strike tracking (which is pretty neat), high-resolution current condition icons in the notification area, and a photography section.

The revamped app fits in much better with Android as a whole, and the slate-gray action bar is particularly nice if you use a Sense phone. The free version of WeatherBug still has ads, but the Elite edition is just $2.99. That's actually $1 higher than it used to be, but still competitive with other weather apps on Android.

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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  • RedPandaAlex

    FFS I JUST lost my patience with weather bug and switched to accuweather. damn it!

    • http://tinyroar.com Cats-R-Friend

      AccuWeather still looks much better

  • theineffablebob

    Still kinda ugly (colors and design style are all over the place) but it's better

    • fixxmyhead

      Nope looks very nice.

  • Steve

    My ONE problem with accuweather is why it forces me to show some dumb outdoor forecast on the main page - that space would be put to such better use if I could select a 3 or 5 day forecast to be shown.

    • http://katzmatt.com/ Matt Katzenberger

      That's what drives me crazy about weather apps like this. I don't want photos or "outdoor forecasts", I want the damn weather. I can decide for myself if it's too cold to go outside.

  • Adam

    They killed the radar widget. Jerks.

    • duke69111

      It was added back in the latest update.

  • Patrick Holdridge

    looks like they did away with the radar widget with this update too. Sucks that its gone, but they updated UI was worth it

  • Кристијан Ристовски

    "Let's just put some tabs here and there, slap some blue color everywhere and call it #HOLOYOLO" is becoming a trend on the play store.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1525850281 Josh Eck

    Still looks ugly...

  • http://twitter.com/ElectroGadget ElectroGadget

    That looks fugly. Is it that hard to make an easy-to-use app? Do we really need to cram everything into a tiny space?

    • Nreeldeep

      Why don't you give app making a try?

  • http://katzmatt.com/ Matt Katzenberger

    It's still pretty bad. Why is it no one can build a good weather app. Eye In The Sky has the ideal look, but has almost no features. Accuweather is probably the closest to a well designed weather app, but it's kind of awkward on tablets...

    • jpfrasier

      I really like 1Weather

  • http://twitter.com/GutterIsATool Chilli

    I'm kind of pissed that they took away the radar widget. That was the main reason I stick with WeatherBug over other weather apps.

    I think they took it away instead of fixing it. The radar widget didn't scale correctly for the high-res screen on my DNA. I imagine that it was doing this too on the S4, so instead of fixing, they just removed it.

    Does anybody know of any other weather apps that have a radar widget? Living in tornado alley, I like to keep an eye on the radar, especially in the spring...

  • http://twitter.com/bobarune Blake Martin

    Wow. Been using the elite version for a while and it says the new update is incompatible with my device. HTC EVO 4G LTE running 4.2.2 Carbon Rom

  • Rob

    I downloaded the updated version of WB Elite from Amazon appstore and it looks completely different than this version; in fact, it's not even close. (oO) Is it possible that Amazon gets a different version than what is offered on Google Play?

    • squiddy20

      As far as I can tell, they (Weatherbug) just haven't updated their app on Amazon. Give it a couple of days. For most app developers using both stores, the Play Store often takes priority. That's the main reason I stopped using the Amazon Appstore.

  • fast freddy

    Makes me mad they did away with the radar wiget. Please put it back!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Heuser/100000600565675 Steve Heuser

    Take a great app and turn it into a bunch of fluff!!

    Before the big update I could get all the weather info on one screen now I have to flip though many screens to get the same info.

    I will no longer be telling my friends about it.

  • Andrei Dumitrescu

    I like this app because its the only one that displays pollen maps and counts. But I am not terribly fond of the new update. Any other weather apps that display pollen counts?

  • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

    Does anyone really need a stand alone weather app in this day and age?

    Personally my phone already has Beautiful Widgets, cLock, DashClock, The Google News Widget, Google Now, Car Home Ultra all of which give me the weather quickly and easily in my face.

  • FrillArtist

    I haven't really found much use for a weather app since the days of my G1. Ever since then I've just used the simple weather in the News and Weather widget or Google Now. No need to download a huge, clunky app JUST for weather alone.

  • http://twitter.com/TheHammer401 Amar Patel

    Wow, this looks pretty nice!

  • duke69111

    I'm not getting any notification sound on an alert and I have it set up correctly. I'm running carbonrom, anyone else having this problem?

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