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The built-in weather reports in Android are still a bit basic, Google Now notwithstanding. That's probably why the Yahoo! Weather app has more than five million downloads: a combination of solid weather stats, multiple cities, and a variety of widgets have won it plenty of fans. Today the app gets a significant update, adding a handful of new features and synergistically bringing Yahoo's Flickr property front and center.

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Curated Flickr photos were available in the app before, but now they're the main attraction, expanding to fill the screen in just about every part of the interface. Yahoo! Weather will pull relevant and contextual photos from Flickr's Project Weather based on your location, or the ones that you manually set for alternate cities or zip codes in the main app or homescreen and lockscreen widgets. The UI has been tweaked to make them more visible at every point, though the weather information itself is still quite readable. The popular and varied widgets get the same spit and polish, including the lockscreen widget, with temperature information in big friendly digits.

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The weather itself gets some nice updates, including extended 10-day forecasts, hourly predictions over the next day, wind and pressure, sunrise and sunset, and phases of the moon, for when you really need to know that it's waxing gibbous. Pull up from the weather view to access advanced information, or pull down for a manual refresh.

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The app also includes some less fun features, like links to all the Yahoo! apps in the sidebar menu, and I wish it had an option to display the notification bar in the main interface. But overall, it's an undeniably snazzy way to check the weather. The updated version will be published in the Play Store today, and should be distributed among all users over the next few days.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • skitchbeatz

    I hate when you download the app because of a new update and get the older, less attractive version.

  • Matthew Fry

    It apparently comes bundled with the legacy menu button too.

    • nawa

      No button on my N7

  • Lorenzo Faccini

    APK?

  • ProductFRED

    That side bar makes it look like an iPhone app. Not complaining.

    • miri

      It is an iPhone app. Am complaining.

  • Kevin

    I downloaded 1.0.13 and it looks nothing like the screenshots here. So the Play store doesn't even have the newest version yet. :(

    • Marco Wirasinghe

      Version 1.0.14 was published at 8am PST. I'm sure it takes a little time to make it appear in the store.

  • MrJigolo

    Software keys kill the look of the app on my Galaxy Nexus. C'mon Google lets us make it gesture based so we can have full screen apps on Nexus devices.

    (Yes, I know this is possible with PA but should already be baked into stock Android)

    • Jeremiah Rice

      If you want it on stock Android, you can combine this GMD app:
      https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gmd.hidesoftkeys

      With the LMT PIE app:
      http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1330150

      I use that PIE app on every Android device, and the GMD app lets me keep stock 4.3 on my N7 for testing purposes. I highly recommend both.

      Edit: the only reason that the navigation buttons are in those top screenshots is that LMT PIE is still a little buggy with the CM 10.2 keyboard, so I have to re-enable the buttons from the power menu every once in a while.

      • MrJigolo

        Thanks for the tips. But I am not one of those people who root their phone. I like things the way they are in stock Android (for the most part) and I don't really like to mess with the phone by installing ROMs, updating when new builds come out, and like you said PIE is a little glitchy with CM right now and I don't like to worry about things like that.

        I'm lazy, yes.

  • Guest

    @a28a8364d7f9c23ff14a4dc35f6fa014:disqus @skitchbeatz:disqus - it takes a little time for it to propagate through Google Play. Check in a little bit :)

  • Guest

    @skitchbeatz:disqus @a28a8364d7f9c23ff14a4dc35f6fa014:disqus - it takes a little time to propagate in Google Play... its should be there soon.

  • docnok
    • CoreRooted

      People still use Go products? Wow... Go has always looked cartoony.

      • xHabeasCorpusx

        It cracks me up whenever I see someone that uses a go proudct. Why is my phone sooo slooow. Their NEXT browser actually is really good so I don't understand what's going on with their "go" line

        • CoreRooted

          Back in the 2.2.x days, Go WAS the launcher to have... But now, all of the crap just takes way too much resources and looks like a badly drawn cartoon compared to modern launchers. Plus that whole "spam" thing they started doing recently. Meh.

          I tried NEXT. Figured, what the hell, maybe they've reclaimed that former glory. I was impressed for about 5 minutes until I saw the price tag. Pass!

          • xHabeasCorpusx

            NEXT isn't bad but it is kinda hideous and overpriced. I was referring to NEXT "BROWSER" try it. I think you will be surprised.

      • docnok

        I use the Next launcher with the Go weather widget on my S4. The phone is so fast that I don't notice any lag at all. I love the transition effects.

  • Adrian Meredith

    Looks nice, but has an awful frame rate and the menu button of shame

    • Adrian Meredith

      Looking at 4.3's profiling stuff the overdraw is regsitering dark dark red. A potential overdraw of 6x! No wonder the framerate is so bad

  • sourabh

    what is the device in the second set of screen shots?
    xperia/Some ROM?

  • http://twitter.com/erikbates Erik Bates

    This is beautiful. I love the flow, the images. The widgets. Jesus, I sound like a Yahoo! fanboy.

  • Eureka Local

    Nice to see the Eureka shoutout!

  • miri

    And not a Holo UI element in sight. Appreciate the update, though.

    • MeCampbell30

      Uhh what? It's a transparent card style layout with a side out menu bar. This is Google's recommended design language to a T.

  • Andrew Tan

    Awesome! Using it now!

  • shopnopoka

    How can I get the New Home Screen Widget in Symphony W125 (Jelly Bean)? I installed the app, but I can not find the widget!