13
May
brightweather

Let's speak some truth here right out of the gate: weather apps are a dime a dozen in the Play Store. With the volume of apps designed to tell users the weather, it's really difficult to put out something that stands out in the crowd. Fortunately for LevelUp Studio, it has quite a bit of experience in that field thanks to its incredibly popular app Beautiful Widgets. If you're into informative, yet minimal apps, then the company's newest offering, Bright Weather, should be right up your alley.

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Ads.

LevelUp claims that Bright is the "most comprehensive weather app available on Android." I can't personally say whether that's actually true or not, but I will say that Bright offers up quite a bit of info on just a few screens. And it does all this without being overwhelming. The app's primary screen is a very simple readout with the current temperature and a sort of flowing line chart that displays the temperature in a 32-hour window, highlighting both low and high points. A quick swipe to the next page shows a more detailed look at the current conditions, along with a easy-to-follow chart with what's expected for the day. Below that is sunset and sunrise times and a quick look at what to expect for the next several days. Finally, there's a radar image along with UV index, moon phase, and some high/low averages.

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No ads.

While the interface and displayed information is essentially the same, the app combines the info from the last two pages of the phone app and displays it all in one panel on tablets, so it's even easier to pull in a full day's worth of weather at a glance.

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Lastly, there's a neat option at the top to launch the camera and snap a picture with the current conditions and forecast embedded at the bottom. You know, for sharing on social networks. Because people love weather. No, I'm not being sarcastic. It's cool.

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Check out the size - it's Instagram ready!

Bright Weather is free in the Play Store, but there's the option to remove the ads for $2.79. That's a little on the pricey side, but the ads really kill the experience in my opinion, so it's worth buying LevelUp a cup of coffee for a cleaner experience. Hit the widget below to give it a shot.

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.

  • Frank Lopez

    I will never understand the logic or popularity behind weather apps in both the app store and google play.

    Some android homescreens are customized around the whole time and weather and it is (personally) so unnecessary when you have google now weather card or the notification informing you of the weather conditions or the status bar with the time.

    +those ads ruin the look.

    • Sports Illustrated

      Say, aren't you the guy who called Kate Upton "disgusting"?

      There are lots of things you don't like huh.

      • http://about.me/jovanphilip Van

        Oh. THAT guy.

      • Frank Lopez

        I didn't say I did not like this app. I love android. And I SAID she had a cute face and nice jugs. Not ugly but no curves. And to me no curves on a women = not attractive. Personal opinion

        • Vladimir

          OK, a had to look her up. No curves??? What's wrong with you man???

          • jj14x

            You had to look her up?? What's wrong with you man??? :)

          • Vladimir

            I realized that I only forgot her name :)
            Thanks for worrying for me :)

          • Dominic Powell

            I think he meant no Lower curves... She has some serious upper curvature, but here lower curvature leaves one wanting.

        • NinoBr0wn

          It's not only your opinion.

      • bearballz

        Oh snap!

      • unsivilaudio

        Well she's clearly only a '7'. [/s]

    • wicketr

      I sometimes like to see the hourly forecast to see if it's going to rain around a specific time at night. Google Now doesn't show that directly. I'd have to open Google Now. Find the card. Click the card and then browse the data via webpage.

      And on top of that it doesn't have a map.

      As for the above app being minimal, it's not even close. There's way too much junk going on. Background image? Yuck. Bizarre menu system? Not surprised. Random unnecessary pictures from some photo website tacked onto a weather app? Why not?

      I have to use two separate apps to get "minimal". The HTC Weather app for forecasts. And Raindar for radar information.

      • thermoplastics

        Have you tried 1Weather:Widget Forecast Radar?

        https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.handmark.expressweather

        It's minimal and retains all the info one would need including radar.

        • wicketr

          I have before and just re-installed it to check it again. The thing I don't like about it is the navigation. The root pages are on buttons on the bottom (or via swiping). Others pages have tabs at the top and to navigate you may have to go from the bottom of the screen to the top of the screen to finally drill down to what you want. It just seems clunky...and isn't a standard HOLO interface either. Where is the hamburger menu??

          Also if you're a swiper, if you swipe to the graph page to get to the map and try to swipe again, my thumb often times ended up on the graph scroller instead of actually swiping the page. Just poor placement of the scroller.

          The 4 things I care about the most: Now/Extended/Hourly/Map are too many swipe and button clicks away from each other and I can't configure the interface to have those easily accessible next to one another. But yes, this is a decent app that exceeds almost all others.

    • Brandon Smith

      There's a lot more to weather than whether or not it's sunny outside and the temperature. People want radar, storm warnings, 10 day forecasts, wind information, and more. I'm not exactly in that demographic, but you're anecdotally dismissing a market.

      • My name is….

        That is a very small market they are missing

    • Just_Some_Nobody

      Fortunately for you, you don't _have_ to understand it.

    • Js__

      My logic behind it? Rain ruins my day, at the cost of millions of dollars. I need to know exactly when it will rain, and when it will stop. I've customized my home screen to this exactly.

      The weather card is not accurate enough for me to use.

      • ReturnOfTheMack

        Just out of curiosity, what field are you in that is effected so much by the rain?

        • Js__

          Shipping industry, mainly wood products. Rain and thousands of tons of product don't mix.

      • seancaldwell

        Try arcus. Its one of the better "rain startingin x minutes" apps...similar to dark sky on iOS.

    • Satan’s Taint

      And I will never understand dicks like you who think something makes no sense because you don't use it. Go to Apple with that attitude.

  • Trent Russell

    Holy invasive ads batman! The app is definitely pretty though

  • Hunter Nye

    I love how they ripped most of the ideas from atmosHere Weather.

    They also missed a ton of key features for a weather app... No widgets, DashClock extensions, severe weather alerts, etc. Chalk it up to another typical weather app from the "big names" who always get coverage.

    • Hunter Nye

      I lied, has 2 widgets. Still seems to be lacking features IMO.

    • Trent Russell

      There are severe weather alerts. Settings > smart weather notifications. They're on by default as well.

    • Steve Secor

      Widgets will be obsolete in a few weeks anyway. :-)

      • heath

        no widgets? why?

        • Paul Faraday

          Apple have bought Android.

  • Trent Russell

    Does the radar appear non-functional for anyone else? It's currently showing me weather over Dallas that doesn't exist.

    • David Hodge

      It uses OpenWeatherMap for radar data, which is a free service. I find this extremely odd as it looks to be using Wunderground in other parts of the app and they also provider weather data. OpenWeatherMap isn't bad, it just isn't updated as frequently as other weather data providers.

      If they were looking for free radar data, there are plenty of other options. I implemented a few of them in atmosHere Weather. Surely they could have done a bit better job than one guy.

      • Trent Russell

        Looking into it more, does OpenWeatherMap actually provide live radar? Their site seems to indicate they provide "Precipitation Forecasts" but i do not see any live radar imagery. If that's the case, using OpenWeatherMap for radar in the app is useless.

  • Faisal Hussain

    Yea, there are definitely ads.

  • Brad

    not gonna lie, i like the camera thing... not worth the download, imo, though

  • Markus S.

    That's a lame rip-off of Yahoo Weather: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.yahoo.mobile.client.android.weather

    Yahoo's is 100% free, has zero ads, and has widgets in various form factors.

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

      Thanks, man I actually love something Yahoo has done. I just linked this into my Beautiful Widgets and it's perfect.

  • JayEvans

    Tried it and found the screens almost unreadable on my S4. Everythings way too small. Bairly acceptable element sizes on my Note 8.0. Not for me.

  • Christopher Robert

    looks like a rip off of 1Weather to me..?

  • http://blog.artesea.co.uk/ artesea

    I've got a custom setup using Tasker, Autolocation, Zooper and the Forecast.io API, which results in my homescreen having the next hour forecast whenever I unlock the phone.
    So right now I get "16:54 Light rain stopping in 45 min." allowing me to workout if I should leave now, in 20 minutes or just take an umbrella.

  • Mayoo

    There is an option to "Use Bing wallpaper" ... well that's a first.

    • Markus S.

      Yahoo Weather can fetch photos from Flickr from your town that match the current weather conditions and local time (e.g. a local landmark under a starry sky when it's night and it doesn't rain).

  • Mayoo

    1Weather widget is way better. I'll pass.

    • bearballz

      1Weather is great, so is HD widgets.

  • Aooga

    Not getting the whole blurred background thing. That's an iOS 7 design trait, why bring it to Android? It's not like it looks that great anyway.

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

    I kinda like it. Not to many good apps have a decent radar view. The ads are fairly bad though. I'd probably buy it if it wasn't an in app purchase. I'd like to put it on my phone and tablet.

  • joser116

    More apps should use transparent navigation and status bars.

  • Matthew Fry

    Cameron are you in Rockwall TX?

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

      Indeed.

      • Matthew Fry

        My Mother lives in Rockwall. It's kind of a tiny town so I was surprised to see it. It's a beautiful area.

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

          Absolutely. I love it here. It's close enough to DFW that there's always something to do, but far enough away from the city so the stars are still visible at night.The people here are generally friendly, also, which makes it an overall nice place to live.

          Let me know if you're ever in the area and we can get together for lunch or something.

          • Matthew Fry

            I definitely will!

  • thelionk

    Seems from the comments that this app stole from every single other weather app ever.

    • http://www.scottcolbert.com/ ScottColbert

      Yeah there's so many different things they can do. *eyeroll* By that logic, every artist is a thief because they share the same genres, themes, or ideas.

      • thelionk

        I was actually sarcastic. I thought it was funny how one guy says it's a copy of iWeather, the other says it's a copy of Yahoo Weather, someone else is enraged because they stole HD Widgets, etc.

        I think once you're accused of stealing from every other weather app, you get the point that a weather app is a weather app, and they are all the same, so much, that everyone think this stole from their own beloved weather app.

  • didibus

    The picture thing is cool. Would be even cooler if it sent the picture to their own server, and other users of the app could look through pictures of where they are.

  • kstagg

    Hey Rockwall! McKinney here.
    Personally - I love the 1Weather app. Really "minimalist", beautiful design. No ads either.

  • Jamie Hyde

    I much prefer atmoshere Weather.

    Cleaner, card UI, plenty of options and plenty of information.

    Dashclock support too.

  • JackPackage

    Would be a really cool app, but the notifications ("weather alarm") are super annoying and are even present if I disable it in settings... Terrible as it makes my phone go nuts on 2 drops of rain...
    I also don't like the way too crowded style of the widgets...

  • NinoBr0wn

    Does it have info in the notification window?

  • PuzzledObserver

    Beautiful Widget has a crappy weather feature. I would expect LevelUp to improve it with a better weather part. Which is not too demanding for a $3 app. Instead they release another app! What a band of scammers! I prefer to pay $2 for 1Weather which has very good weather readings and a very decent clock widget.

  • RonD

    I would say MINIMAL is the key word here. Very little detailed info about the weather.