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Most app updates roll out to the majority of users either all at once or within a matter of days, but like a tropical storm, the Weather Channel has decided to take its time with its big 5.0 Android release. The update is currently available to just 10% of users, and it won't be out for everyone until mid July.

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This update brings the Android version of the app up to date with the iPhone release that went out in April. With it, users can report their local weather conditions and help improve the quality of forecasts for everyone. The Android adaptation does have some exclusive features though, including additional map layers, a 10-day forecast module that users can click to view the 36-hour forecast, and multiple widget options. Here are more of the highlighted features.

Update: Actually, no. This update just brings the Android version in line with the iOS one. The previously mentioned features aren't specific to Android, except for those widgets. The list of highlighted features below is also in flux.

  • Find weather faster – A beautiful new design and simple interface makes the app easy to use. The radar map loads faster and is smoother than ever.
  • Discover deeper, more engaging content – With improved navigation, use the pull down list for your saved locations. A vertical scroll unveils current conditions, hourly and 10-day forecasts, radar, video, news and more.
  • Get the info you need – Get in-depth current details – “feels like” temperature, wind, dew point, humidity, visibility, pressure, UV index, and sunrise and sunset times – as well as hourly details out to 48 hours.
  • Become your own weather forecaster – Introducing Social Weather on Android, the app lets you report and share your weather conditions or see what others in your area are saying, or take and share a photo of your current weather.
  • Help improve the forecast – With Social Weather reports, you can help find and improve the forecast for hard-to-predict spots. The Weather Channel includes data points from proprietary models, official government sources worldwide, Weather Underground’s network of 33,000 personal weather stations, and now crowd-sourced weather reports via mobile app.
  • Plan your travel – A helpful tool gives airport delays for all your travel needs.
  • Prepare for pollen, no matter the season – Keep up with the latest pollen counts and information, including direct pollen alerts available.
  • Stay safe in severe weather – During extreme events, your entire app will change to tell you the full story.
  • Be alerted when it matters most – Get notifications for severe weather and high pollen counts. You can also activate an always-on temperature view.

If you're one of the lucky few, you can get your hands on the update right away via the widget below. Well, lucky might not be the right word. Judging from the first wave of user reviews on the app's Play Store page, it might just be a good thing they're taking their time with this.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • GreatNews

    Anybody of the 10% has for me the apk?

  • David Hodge

    lol they basically took ideas from all the other popular weather apps, and yet they still get tons of 1 star reviews. Good job Weather Channel.

  • AbbyZFresh

    I forgot the last time i even went to the Weather Channel app. All i needed was the notifications and the home screen widgets.

  • Mike S.

    Is it OK to share the APK?

  • bre

    It looks much better than its current state. I like it. Tried most of the weather apps on the play store and found TWC to be the most accurate weather app where I live.

  • ddpacino

    DAMMIT! Too many good weather apps. I've paid for about 5 of them, and still cannot find my favorite goto after 4 years. =/ Installing...

    • http://androidintvfilm.tumblr.com/ wade_county

      I'm with you. Now I narrowed it down to Accuweather Platinum (paid) or Yahoo Weather (free)

  • RSerda

    hope they got rid of that annoying MPoints crap..!?!?!? WTH!?

    • Mike S.

      Nope

      • RSerda

        :/

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  • Scott Harris

    And unfortunately, while it looks better than last time, it is still hideous.

    • http://hudsongardner.com/ Hudson Gardner

      First thing I thought was "Oh good, a giant blurry circle!"

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

    Great update.

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    • abobobilly

      Wouldn't you prefer the Google Now's weather updates which are just as easy to see? (Apart from the fact that you need to be online)

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    • Robert Macri

      That means its working.

    • Portzblitz

      Did you wait even just a couple mins for 4:20, or did it just happen that way? Is what i'm asking.

  • twistkill

    If you are lucky, by the time L releases the app will be completely conforming with Kitkat design ethos

  • abobobilly

    "BIG" app redesign and THIS is what they did? So by doing NOTHING, they earned the right to get praise for a "BIG" redesign? Screw them.

  • HolyFreakingCrap

    The persistent notification PISSES ME OFF.

  • http://www.mikestenger.com/ Mike Stenger

    The APKs posted here in the comments I'm not so sure I'd trust. The new permissions are find accounts on the device, and use accounts on the device. Seems a bit sketchy, but apps asking for everything isn't out of the ordinary.

  • John

    I still prefer wunderground's weather app over any others nowadays.

  • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch

    Weatherbug continues to be the only weather app with hourly windchill forecasts, something that is absolutely critical in the Midwest. Nice try, TWC.

    • Robert Macri

      And the only app with the lightning tracker which I like.

  • ajerman

    The Weather Channel is garbage anyway (sorry, snobby weather nerd, haha). I'll stick to wunderground or Accuweather was free the other day on Amazon and decent.

  • Tgv

    Version 5.0.1 was just pushed to fix the battery and location issues