The BBC Weather Android app is now available for you to download in the Google Play Store, provided you live in the U.K.
The app has been built on native code, rather than using HTML5, as a result of user feedback. As well as speed and simplicity, it offers you an easy way of accessing the BBC’s weather forecasts. It will determine your location the moment you open the app, and provide you with the forecast. You can, of course, also search for the location you want.
It includes hourly forecasts with detailed information for the next 48 hours, with details such as pressure, visibility or humidity provided for every hour, as well as a day overview. A widget is also included for those liking their weather on their home screens. If you’re using Android 4.2, a lock screen widget is also available, making it easy to take a look at the weather without unlocking your screen.
The app looks very good, and it even allows you to share favorite locations using NFC (a technology which Sony has been promoting lately), but weather apps are certainly not lacking in the Google Play Store. It’s true that BBC’s has a strong name behind it, but will it be able to take users from the likes of WeatherBug, The Weather Channel and AccuWeather? Only time will tell, provided the app becomes available internationally.
U.K. readers, have you tried the BBC Weather Android app? What do you think about it?
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I use an app called Rainwatch that offers an interactive map with a similar interfaces to the BBC’s weather service. I also hope the developer releases an interactive widget soon.
As for the beebs new app – seen it all before.
This will be more convenient for the user, provide information about the weather.
Smooth app, okay interface.
Not diggin’ the widget. I big blue block on my homescreen? Nu-uh.
It would’ve been nice if they did allow some customization.
Let us rejoice for our Brittish fellow European citizens, they will be in a position not to miss their few days of SUN on their Island anymore, a great breakthrough for them ;-).
From a French fellow European citizen slightly pulling the legs of his neighbours, for once this is in that direction ;-)
And may I add my best wished of recovery for Prince Philip, he has the tough job, among others, to have to cope with the extraordinary longevity of Women in Brittish Royal Family such like the late Queen mother who lived a century, sincere best wishes to him
thank! so much
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