Here’s a look at the best Weather forecast Apps and Weather Widgets for Android smartphones and tablets
Imagine wearing bright sunny clothes and it suddenly starts raining. Or, imagine wearing woollen clothes and the weather all of a sudden becomes hot and bright. To avoid these situations, it is better to have a weather forecast app handy at your disposal.
Weather forecast apps have grown a lot since the good old days and most of them now also include weather widgets for quick reference. With the advent of smartphones, now anyone have a quick look at the weather forecast at their fingertip.
In this article, we bring to you the best meteorological apps and widgets that are currently available in the Google Play Store for Android smartphones.
Weather Timeline has a huge depth of data and compiles a load of genuinely useful and interesting features into a wonderful interface and library of widgets. You can also select what weather service to use, from five options, and there are notifications that warn you of forthcoming weather changes. With the help of moon viewer, you can always know the werewolf forecast, and several radar maps, that allows you to see visualizations of the cloud and rain to come. Additionally, there are also numerous interactive graphs showing data on things like temperature, precipitation and pressure.
1Weather by OneLouder Apps is not only one of the most well designed and popular weather apps, but also one of the highest rated weather forecast app. It’s powerful to use, easy to read, easy to understand, and easy to love. It comes with standard features like your daily and hourly forecast along with access to additional information. There is also daydream support, DashClock support, Android Wear support, and it’s available in more than 25 different languages. The $0.99 charge is just to remove ads so you get the full app experience either way.
“Watch weather with pleasure” says YoWindow when you first load it and it truthfully lives up to this promise: this is a great looking Android weather app. YoWindow displays a cartoon landscape that reflects the real-time weather in your current location instead of using simple icons to represent clouds, sunshine and rain.
The light level and conditions are accurately represented in the app with a fun hourly forecast animation where you can scroll and see the weather. It’s a unique and well-realized weather app, which not only looks good, but is also incredibly easy to use. Comparatively speaking, YoWindow Weather isn’t as powerful as some of the other apps, but it’s a good mixture for those who want something more than Google Now but not something as heavy as The Weather Channel.
GO Weather by GO Launcher EX ranks among the most successful and popular weather forecast app and is a long-time favorite for Android users. In terms of features, it runs the entire scheme with current weather, forecasts, radar, a sleek design, weather widgets, and even more obscure stuff like wind forecasts, lifestyle tips, and more. It also has theming options and a paid version that gets rid of external advertising. Overall, it’s an above average weather app but it may be a little more on the higher side.
WeatherBug is a long-time favorite of Android users and it was one of the first truly full featured weather apps. Today, it’s totally free to use (without in-app purchases) and while that’s made some paid users unhappy, new users get to use WeatherBug free. WeatherBug excels in the design and user interface department, plus it is able to identify the weather forecast, not only to your city, but also your neighborhood. It includes weather forecasts, severe weather alerts, widgets, and even stuff like live weather and traffic cams so you can see the weather to avoid jams and the ability to share photos and albums. There is also a selection of weather widgets as a separate app to beautify
your home screen.
Weather Underground is a very competent weather service that employs the combined services of more than 33,000 weather stations to offer “the world’s most accurate hyper-local weather forecasts” from a widespread weather community.
It is a flexible app in both layout and in settings, providing controls over the forecast source, over privacy in your ads, and even allowing for a choice between a light theme and a dark theme. It also has a quick menu that let’s you switch between the weather and the WunderMap. The WunderMap provides radar, temps, and a slew of user weather reports from both the personal weather stations and from users like you, who can report their current geo-specific conditions right here in the app.
The Weather Channel is the go-to weather app for many Android smartphone users, with up-to-date and accurate weather information. It includes hourly, 36-hour and 10-day forecast options, as well as alerts, current weather, radar, and smaller stuff like wind forecast, pollen, and even Weather Channel videos so you can keep up on the latest weather news. The Weather Channel is one of the most well-known sources of forecast information as well as simple and intuitive to use. Their latest Android app takes out the complicated and makes it ultra-simple to see what you need to see.
AccuWeather is one of the more established weather sites that is available today, and it has a sizable Android following not only because of a simple yet feature-rich app, but also because AccuWeather powers a plethora of widgets and third-party weather apps. It’s usually precise with great information, including the awesome RealFeel index (which suggests what the outdoor temperature feels like, rather than where the mercury stops). It pretty much includes all of the information you need, including extended forecasts, hourly forecasts, and the app itself is also well designed. Other features include radar, Android Wear support, and the MinuteCast feature. It’s a complete app, but some might be put off by its layout – it’s not the easiest app to navigate.
Yahoo Weather features beautiful design and graphics and provides tons of essential information, alerts, radars, and more without ever feeling cluttered. It also features ever-changing backgrounds from Flickr, which always makes it feels fresh. You can track up to 20 cities and even submit your photos by posting them on Flickr with the hashtag #projectweather. There are many sizes and types of widget for your home screen, and you’ll often get notifications in your status bar. It has everything an average user would need without going overboard on professional features.
Google Now has a lot to offer in the form of cards, which you can tailor-made to display the information you need, when you need it. One of these is a weather card, which displays the daily forecast for your current location, work location and travel destinations. The app will send you periodic weather updates, weather alerts, and you can even ask for the weather and it will show you. Opening Google Now almost always puts the weather right on top so you can see it at a glance. Since, it is not a dedicated weather app, a lot of features, like extended forecast or weather radars require a little excavating, but this is a great option for people who already use Google Now that may just need to glance at the weather quickly. It also already comes on most Android devices.
Another available card is for public alerts, which gets you emergency information that comes right from the National Weather Services and the US Geological Survey. As long as you have a Google account, you can get Google Now, and the Google Search app installed on your Android device. Tap on the Google Search app, tap on the search box, or swipe from the bottom up and this will bring you to Google Now.
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