With changing seasons, it is difficult to keep a tab on changes in weather. You might have spent hours in your office or at home and suddenly when you step out, it rains. Avoid getting stuck in such situations and starting using the amazing weather apps available for Android smartphones.
Few apps offering weather information come at premium cost, and these are strictly meant for those who depend on the weather every day. Meanwhile, enough free apps exist on the Google Play Store for getting the best possible information on the upcoming hours and days. Here is a list of five weather apps that provide comprehensive information and a decent user interface.
WeatherBug boasts of a large sensor network that provides ample weather information. The default home screen of the app shows details about the local weather with a variety of specifics such as temperature, humidity, wind and pressure, and it also provides weather alerts for the area. One can always check the forecast in daily, weekly and monthly formats. The app boasts of accurate weather information to the extent that it can also alert the user of lightning strikes. Whether it is local or international location, the app provides comprehensive information along with alerts for Thunderstorms, and bad weather alerts via push notifications.
The app also packs several fancy features such as Live Weather Cams, Photos, Social Sharing, Interactive Maps, and Lifestyle Forecasts. One of the most comprehensive weather information apps (with ads) is available for free from the Google Play store. The paid version basically removes the ads and costs about Rs 160.
The Weather Channel
This app integrates TruPoint forecasting technology along with the expertise of over 200 meteorologists to provide accurate weather information. In fact, it offers hourly weather updates and also predicts the exact time when severe weather will strike. The forecast periods include hourly, 36-hour forecasts and 10 day forecasts. The app also shows the past and future information as radars presented in localised and fast maps. A large team of meteorologists works on the information that is presented in the app and it also allows the users to save places as favorites. Widgets and notifications always provide the latest noteworthy changes in the weather.
Detailed forecasts and a good selection of videos is one of the plus points. The Weather Channel app is available for free from the Google Play store.
Most Android devices with custom user interfaces come with a weather widget powered by AccuWeather. There is also a standalone application, though certain features such as push notifications are limited only to the US. AccuWeather app has an easy to adapt user interface for smooth navigation. The daily forecast includes a variety of information such as pressure, winds, humidity, visibility, UV index, sunrise, and sunset. With such information, one can easily estimate the weather outside.
The menu option offers to switch among local weather radar, weekly forecast and even hourly forecast. Apart from information, the app also collates news articles related to the weather and videos from the AccuWeather.com website. Users can always add more locations to the app manually and thus swap between cities to get relevant weather information. The information is updated every 15 minutes to provide local weather forecasts along with summaries for the next couple of days. Get the free AccuWeather app from Google Play store.
This service has been made available since over a decade and now the app offers it too. Those seeking a beautiful and pleasing presentation layout of a weather app should pay attention to this app. It shows a nice image with minimal information like the temperature, weather situation and rises as well as dips in the temperature. Swipe down if you wish to check out the detailed information, which also includes a detailed forecast of the current location, five day forecast, weather radar, if rains can be expected and information about the sun and the moon.
The images shown in the background are pulled from the Flickr image sharing service and keep rotating throughout the day. Try out the Yahoo! Weather app for free from the Google Play store.
This very neat looking and customizable app comes from the Go For Android team. The GO Weather app brings detailed weather information in a very simple yet neat looking layout. The free version arrives with ads, which can be removed by paying for the premium version. The background of the app and the widget can be dynamic while displaying the weather details.
Thanks to auto-refresh, there is always new and updated information. The app shows a five day weather forecast along with accurate location positioning. Also, you can check the trends of the rise and fall of the temperature. This is a very neat and amazing app, and well worth trying. Get the Go Weather widget from Google Play store.
Indian Meteorological Department has released an Android app as well but it is unusable. We hope that scientists catch up with the new Holo Design guidelines and release a better looking Weather App for India.