6 best weather apps and widgets for Android in 2018
There are hundreds of weather apps available in the playstore. I will be showing you some of the best weather apps you can download on your Android device. All these apps have your standard weather features such as the daily and hourly forecast, precipitation humidity and wind speed. They also have an on-going notification for the weather conditions and live weather radar. Below is the list of the 6 best weather apps for your Android phone.
Weather Live Free (Beta)
The first one is called weather live. When you first open it up you’ll see a basic summary of the current weather conditions in your area. And when you swipe up from the bottom, everything else pops up.
You have your basic weather conditions along with the moon phase and the ability to track the sunrise and sunset. I really enjoy how it can show you the visibility status in your area for a nice or horrible Drive or if you’re into photography you can see when it is a good time to shoot photos.
The widgets are also good. Even though you can barely customize them they do have a wide selection to choose from and still show you a ton of information in a neatly organized manner.
What I don’t like is you are limited to just one weather provider which is weather live and you can’t use the live radar unless you get the pro version which is a hefty $5.99.
Luckily, the developer has a free radar and alerts app called NOAA which in my opinion is a better option as they can bookmark locations, includes weather information and has a cleaner interface than the one found in weather live.
For the design, it has a live weather background and sorts all the weather conditions in a well-organized manner making it really easy to use. The interface itself is not a Material theme but it’s also not a horrible old-school holo so it still looks good.
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AccuWeather: Weather Radar, Live Updates & Reports
These are all great features to have but some of the unique ones that most other weather apps don’t have is mini cast which gives you a minute-by-minute forecast including the rain or snowfall in your area.
There are random videos related to the weather and it supports Android wear. The widgets are also customizable and look clean and simple. The only thing I didn’t enjoy was that you are limited to just four widgets with the first three looking exactly the same just with a different colored background.
And obviously, you are limited to just one weather provider known as AccuWeather. If you get AccuWeather platinum for $3.99 cents you can remove the ads. Also, you can get the additional 48-hour forecast and ten days forecast. Bottom-line, AccuWeather is a great way to plan ahead.
Weather Timeline – Forecast
Animations are stellar, the way it presents its edit locations is very creative and just looks a bit more modern than all the other weather apps span on this list.
I really enjoy how you can change the look of the interface icons notification and the alert sounds. It also supports multiple weather providers, Android wear umbrella warning notifications and has some of the best looking widgets I’ve ever seen on any other app with a variety to choose from.
What I didn’t like is that you can only save up to 7 locations and you won’t get as many weather details as other apps such as weekly forecast. In other words, it’s a simple weather app with an amazing-looking UI but not that many unique or detailed weather features.
Today Weather – Forecast, Radar & Severe Alert (Beta)
Today weather is a bit more feature pack and it’s free while including the standard weather conditions. It also gives you extra details that some other weather apps don’t have such as full-text details on the weather conditions for the next 10 days depending on what weather provider you use graphs the air quality pulling counts and more.
It also has multiple weather providers, plenty of widgets to choose from but is customizable and you can add as many locations as you’d like.
The only thing you may find annoying is that you can’t change the overall theme of the app so it’s always dark and you have to pay to use the library.
As for the design the app presents all of its information on one page. For each location and switching to a different one is done with a simple left or right swipe. The icons and animations are also very elegant and unobtrusive.
Weather Wiz: Accurate Weather Forecast & Widgets
Weather wiz is next on this list and within this app, you’ll have a more googly feel with a cartoonish and animated background that goes along with the type of weather you’re currently having.
It has your standard weather information when you swipe up on the screen along with the ability to add as many locations as you like. But what really sets apart weather wiz is that it has a theme gallery to change the overall look and background.
I enjoy the one titled material the most. I also enjoyed the wide selection of customizable widgets that you can choose from when you download more themes.
Another advantage is that the live radar is the most detailed one yet with a variety of different filters including the clouds temperature rainfall wind and sea level pressure.
Not only that but you can see how big the ocean waves are if you’re going surfing. Or if you’re going paragliding you can see how extreme the wind is and what direction it is going.
The cons of this app are that it won’t give you the rain or severe weather alerts. Once again you are limit to just one weather provider known as IBM weather.
Dark Sky – Hyperlocal Weather
The last weather app I wanted to show you guys it’s called dark sky. This is a great option because the overall theme and categorization make it really easy to navigate and use all the features found within dark sky.
The front page shows you an hourly forecast for the temperature precipitation when humidity and UV index. The next page includes your daily forecast. Then you have live radar which I believe is the easiest one to use as you can see the entire globe. And lastly, you have an alerts page.
What really sets apart the app is that you can get notified when it’s going to rain, severe weather, a daily summary and you can even set your own custom alerts.
What I didn’t like is that the widgets aren’t attractive or customizable. You are limited to just one weather provider and it’s currently only available in the US, UK and Porto Rico.
Anyways that concludes the best weather apps for Android. Let me know in the comments which app you use for your forecast. And make sure to share with your friends. Please come back for more awesome android content.