Yahoo weather app is updated, showcases Flickr photos as background images

August 15, 2013
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Yahoo Weather app

A gorgeous Flickr photo of NYC is shown as the background of the Yahoo! weather app

As weather apps go, Yahoo’s has always been really nice; reliable, and pretty nice to look at. With the company in turmoil, the app stagnated a bit. Still a good option for the weather conscious, it just didn’t bring anything new to the table.

As Yahoo! turned itself around, then took over (and updated, giving out a full terabyte of storage for users) Flickr, it appeared Yahoo! had a larger goal in mind. It was clear to just about everyone that Yahoo! was making a push to get people to switch to their service for photo storage.

Now we find the marriage of the two, with Yahoo! weather being updated to further showcase stunning Flickr photos. Flickr has been involved in what they call “project weather” for a while, but this update brings those photos front and center.

For those unfamiliar with project weather, it’s pretty simple: Take photos, tag your location, and give weather information. That info is matched to what Yahoo! weather picks up, and features the photo (if it’s a good one) in the app. Now that the project has been going on for a while, it seems Yahoo! and Flickr are comfortable they have enough good photos to make it a central part of the app.

That’s not the only thing the revamped Yahoo! weather app brings. From the Flickr blog post:

The app is sleek and powerful, featuring an intuitive design that brings you more data than ever before. 10-day and 24-hour forecasts, chances of precipitation, wind and pressure measurements, moon phases, UV patterns, sunrise and sunset times, an interactive map, a new widget for your lock screen; all of these features are right at your fingertips.

It was already a great app, but this update should push it over the edge a bit. If I weren’t such a Google Now junkie, I’d probably be apt to switch to Yahoo!.

Do you use Yahoo! weather? Do you have the update? Let us know in the comments section!

Comments

  • Hothfox

    I downloaded it. I have, and actually use, three weather apps now. Google Now provides me a nice card in the Google Search app and a notification in my shade. Weather Eye is a homescreen widget and a Dashclock Extension that I use for a quick look at what’s going on now and soon. Yahoo will be my detailed weather outlook.

    The new update is very nice.

  • Valtheus

    Not a bad weather app. I don’t like it that it takes all the screen space horizontally. Remains to be seen how accurate it is…

  • End in sight

    Would you describe that photo as “mostly cloudy”? I would say “scattered clouds” only. Maybe the image is not supposed to reflect the actual weather?

  • DrinkinGinNJoking

    I wish the full forecast / map slider worked in landscape.