Weather Live Review

Weather Live Review

Jan 2, 2013

Probably one of the most organic uses of a smartphone is using it as a personal, portable weather keeper. Android, as a platform, is blessed with many, many weather-related apps; Android users are a tad spoiled, and to be noticed, it takes some moxie.

Weather Live from, Apalon, might just have the gumption to pull it off.

My first impression was the clean-looking interface, and how it looked placed against the background animation. The stark white worked well to project the information, and the two blocks of data complemented each other nicely. On hand, I had access to my local weather, with visual and text representations of the conditions in the top half. There were notations for precipitation, pressure, visibility and humidity and wind direction, as well as high/low, average temperature and a current “feels like” reading along with the date and time. The bottom half showed me the current days weather in three-hour intervals, and a 4-day high/low temperature and generalized weather conditions.

The settings had display and layout options. Using them, I could change units, play with look of widgets and even toggle “Nightstand Mode” from there. There was a reasonable degree of customization, but I felt it could use some more.

As noted, the app comes with widgets, and offers them in three different sizes. Each retains the clean, functional look off the app itself.

I would have liked added functionality in the widgets, like transparencies and the ability to open other apps from within Weather Live. As noted earlier, this specific niche is clogged up, so added on functionality would be very welcome for folks looking to be wowed. I also would like to see even more widgets, and maybe some themes.

All in all, I thought that Weather Live was a gorgeous software application with plenty of upside. As-is, it does provide great functionality, and I am eager to see if the developer is looking to add even more stuff.

Free App Recap October 23rd: Android Weather Apps

Free App Recap October 23rd: Android Weather Apps

Oct 23, 2012

Mother Nature is fickle. One minute she is all sunshine and birds chirpin’, the next she is raging rain storms and tornadoes. To keep tabs on what she is up to, this week will showcase 3 weather apps for Android. One is a weather widget and the other two apps have more specific uses.


RadarNow!


RadarNow! is a really great application for the outdoorsy people who don’t really need to know the temperature so much as what the precipitation is doing. Need to know if that big storm will roll right over the soccer game? RadarNow! is the perfect Android weather radar app for that.

Download RadarNow!


Simple Weather Alert

I haven’t had the pleasure of going through an earthquake of any magnitude but not a Spring goes by when a tornado touches down near where ever I am. Since I am not a regular radio listener or television watcher, getting notified of impending weather is a challenge. Simple Weather Alert is a great app to have as a warning system. Notifications come across for all types of bad weather. Be safe knowing Simple Weather Alert monitors the official National Weather Service alerts for the area. The new warnings appear on the status bar.

Download Simple Weather Alert


GO Weather EX

The GO Dev team make some super awesome apps. The GO Weather EX widget is no different. Like all of the other GO applications, the GO Weather EX widget can be customized with different themes. Like a good weather widget, both the current conditions and forecast are easily accessible. As the weather changes, so does the background of the widget.

Download GO Weather EX