Weather Channel Launches Redesigned Android Application [Updates]

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The Weather Channel has just made its biggest update to its apps for Android phone and tablets since 2009. The weather application gets a slick new interface, improvements to maps, and a little bit more in the way of adverts.

The list of features that come with this new update is quite impressive, but the most obvious is the complete redesign of the interface. The new “Now” page gives you a quick feel for what is happening in your area without any extra bells and whistles. The best way to describe the interface is to call it visual. Everything is graphical, and it gets to the point without wasting unnecessary text.

The Weather Channel also designed the application to allow users to get quicker access to information such as severe weather information, hourly forecasts, 36-hour forecasts, and 10-day forecasts.

The app also offers a quick text-based version of what to expect. For example, it might say something like “Expect rain until 4 p.m.” or “Dry conditions will continue”. This is designed to allow users to jump in the app, get a feel for what is happening and then move on with their day.

A cool little visual touch comes from the weather triggered backgrounds. If it snowing, for example, you will see a snowy scene to set the mood (they also use this as an opportunity to show some adverts that fit the theme, but at least it’s tasteful and sensible).

The new update also includes better integration with social networks, so you can share your forecasts on Twitter, Facebook, and other popular social sharing websites.

While some users are not thrilled with the prevalence of advertisements in the new Weather Channel app, it does bring some really slick new features to balance it out. What do you think? Hit the comments section and let us know!

Source: VentureBeat

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Comments (8)
  • Mike

    Read the comments in the Google Play Store before upgrading. Hundreds, if not thousands of negative comments in the last few days. DO NOT update to this new version. Terrible interface, giant ads and looks like it was designed by 2nd graders. And that would be an insult to 2nd graders. The decision makers behind the changes to this app need to be fired.

  • Daphne Prebble

    I have just looked at upgrade on friend’s tablet. Tried to navigate it. This is change for the sake of change. I like my places in a list, all available together. Cannot understand how this can be called an ‘upgrade!’ Will uninstall if upgrade automatic and get a different app; there are plenty. Will not upgrade if optional.

  • Daphne Prebble

    Have just seen upgrade on friend’s pad and I dislike it intensely. I like my places instantly available on list together. I will uninstall and use different app if upgrade automatic; there are plenty. If offered upgrade I will decline.

  • Oliver Costich

    they took a nice app and turned it into ad-ridden crap. I uninstalled it. It’s fallen to the bottom of my list of weather apps.

    • Charles Rachor

      Yes, I totally agree. I thought I was the only one who absolutely hated the new look. I spent 10 minutes trying to navigate the app and get used to it; but in the end I uninstalled it and actually bought Eye in the Sky. Never thought I’d actually have to buy a weather app, but The Weather Channel was not broken to begin with, so why did someone feel like they had to go and fix it?

    • Dave LeClair

      I can see where you are coming from. The ads are definitely annoying. But I like the new look.

  • Sam Insalaco

    I’m a big fan so far. The ads are very obvious, but it’s a FREE app, and the new features are really slick, and the design was done very well. I actually kinda like the way that the ads are integrated into the layout of the app. I haven’t seen it done this way before.

    • Dave LeClair

      They are walking a fine line between intrusive ads and balancing out with cool features. I agree that it falls on the side of the ads being worth it, but just barely lol

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