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Unless you live under a rock, everyone experiences the weather — even if they don't spend time outside. Government and private industry spend tens of millions of dollars every year on meteorology and the conveyance of detailed forecasts. All of that flows down to the apps we all use to get a quick look at what's coming up the jet stream. But are you using the right app?
Google confirmed to us via email last night that it pulled down the listing for a Dark Sky ripoff that had been on the Play Store for at least the last week, just hours after we'd reported on it. The URL for that app now directs to a "Not found" page on the Play Store. Google declined to elaborate on the reasoning behind taking down the app, but we'd guess out and out trademark infringement and a plain intent to deceive users were reason enough.
The app itself received surprisingly good reviews, racking up a 4.2 star rating with over 800 submissions from its 5,000+ users.
Excellent weather applications are rare on Android, with many of them having documented privacy issues or poor interfaces. Dark Sky was a favorite among many, thanks to its precise forecasts and clean design. It was revealed last month that the Android version would shut down, following the parent company's purchase by Apple, and the Play Store listing has taken a massive blow in the days since.
Indie weather app/company Dark Sky has just been acquired by Apple. As part of the change, the company is shutting down its Android and Wear OS apps. Soon they will no longer be available to download, and on July 1st, 2020, they will stop working entirely, with subscribers receiving a refund at that time. iOS customers will be able to continue using the app.
Checking the weather is one of the features I use most on my phone. For years, I had a widget dedicated to just that on my homescreen, a layout I abandoned only a short time ago. When it comes to wearables, you have a couple of options in this area. Some watches come with pre-built faces that include weather info, you can build your own in something like Pujie, or install a separate app. Those who opt for the latter now have a new entrant to consider. Dark Sky has come to Wear OS, and it's a free upgrade for all existing subscribers.