Weather apps are a dime a dozen on the Play Store, and since so few offer screenshots of their widgets, it can be tough to know what they actually bring to the table. This is why I took it upon myself to compile a list of the better weather apps out there that offer useful widgets, going so far as to take screenshots of these widgets so that everyone can see exactly what they're getting. This is a running list that is continually updated, and today I've added four new listings for 2021.
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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?
Android Police maintains a giant list of apps that are participating or have participated in Google's Play Pass program — where users pay a low subscription fee to remove ads and access premium features from said apps. But it's a finicky list to maintain because every addition is manual and it's extremely difficult to track any subtractions without a public database. Well, we can report on at least one departure that will take effect soon: AccuWeather is leaving Play Pass on September 20. If you use the weather app, you might not like the reason why.
Carrot Weather, an app that tells you the forecast while also being mean to you, is now in pre-release beta on Android. The jokes the app delivers are hit or miss, but with weather data from Dark Sky, a clean interface, and some pretty nice illustrations, it's very usable overall.
There are many weather apps to choose from, but the average ones are bloated, confusing, and sometimes even annoying. Today Weather, named one of the Play Store's best apps of 2017, strips away all the clutter and provides a great deal of information in a clear, elegant way. And to entice you to check out their new and improved radar functionality, you can get Today Weather's Premium features for $2.49 for a limited time, a $2 discount.
We all need a weather app. The tricky part of developing a weather app is giving users the right amount of information. Too much and it's overwhelming and a pain to use. Too little and users will be looking for that info in some other app. Today Weather, a new app from a two-person, independent development and design team, strikes this balance perfectly while being easy on the eyes at the same time.
Sunshine, a popular and unique weather app for iOS, is making its way to Android. The app specializes in providing useful, rather than detailed, information while crowdsourcing for more accurate weather data. While there hasn't been an official announcement from the developers, the app is now open for beta testing.