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Yahoo has redesigned its weather app, and now it is back in the Google Play Store. What immediately strikes the eye even before you get down to the features are the stunning images in the background. The weather forecasts are superimposed on the images taken from Flickr. The crisp, utilitarian layout comes close on its heels. The Android app follows the iOS version which was released in April this year. The design got its due share of rave reviews all around.

The Android app, which is available internationally on the Google Play Store, continues with the same typography aesthetics as the iOS version – clean and crisp. The Flickr images in the background are specific for each location and also match the time of day, and current weather conditions. Simply swipe across the screen for all the weather information. You have hourly forecasts, 24-hour forecasts, and also an outlook of the next ten days. Severe weather alerts are also displayed. Maps come in different flavors – radar, satellite, heat, and wind maps – for a complete overview. Animated sunrise and sunset times add to the sense of interactivity. Humidity sensor, UV index, and chance of precipitation numbers should please the more hard to please users. You can set your favorite locations and access the weather app with new home screen widgets.

Yahoo Weather App

You can check out some of the user contributed photos which the app uses at Flickr’s Project Weather. The Yahoo weather app seems to be getting glowing reviews (and a rating of 4.4), so the sun if definitely shining on it. But what’s your take?

Source: The Verge | Image Credit: Christian Frausto Bernal via Compfight cc

  1. Lemmy Caution
    August 21, 2013 at 4:26 am

    True - Yahoo weather is beautiful and in many ways superior. BUT, the location data is not granular enough if you're in an area with microclimates.

    My work is in Beverly Hills, CA - My home is near the beach between Marina Del Rey and LAX. But it's listed as "Los Angeles" 84 degrees with 3mph wind out of the east.

    When I look up my zipcode in NOAA weather, it's there. 62 degrees with fog, and no wind, Los Angeles is a large diverse area. Giving one data point for the entire region is just BS and completely inaccurate.

    I know you folks in the Bay Area know what I'm describing. The weather in Santa Rosa is one thing - the weather in Jenner - another.

    Yahoo really needs to make its data points more accurate.

  2. Hildy
    August 16, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Very pretty and, once you click through, very detailed. But widget customization could be improved. I would like to be able to specify more details on a 4x2 widget.

    • Saikat Basu
      August 18, 2013 at 5:15 am

      Thanks for a user review. I guess widget design is always a problem considering the fragmentation of devices and screen resolution in Android.

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