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.
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.