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Apple buys Dark Sky, immediately announces removal from Android

Dark Sky is one of the best and most popular weather apps on both iOS and Android. Soon it'll be an iOS exclusive.

Published onMarch 31, 2020

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Dark Sky is one of the most popular weather apps for Android. It started life on iOS and came to Android in May 2016. The app offers some excellent weather features including one of the most unique radar views of any weather app. Enjoy it while you can, because you won’t be able to for much longer.

Dark Sky announced its acquisition by Apple in its blog for an undisclosed amount. The developers also outlined the future of Dark Sky and, well, the outlook is cloudy with a 100% chance of closure. The iOS app isn’t changing at all. It’ll remain available in the Apple App Store. However, they are removing both the Android version and the Wear OS version on July 1, 2020.

The app will continue to function until the deadline and any subscribers at that time will get a full refund of their $2.99 yearly subscription. In addition, the website is also closing down. We would recommend some weather apps that use Dark Sky’s API, but that is also closing down at the end of 2021. When it rains, it pours, as the old saying goes.

I hope everyone was wearing their thunderwear, because Dark Sky closing is snow joke. It will be mist.

Dark Sky is a beloved app for Android users, even after its rocky start as being one of the first weather apps with a subscription cost. Still, it’s a bit of a surprise, as 9to5Google points out that another recent Apple acquisition, Shazam, not only still operates on Android, but is getting regular updates.

In any case, this is a blow to the weather app ecosystem on mobile. Dark Sky was reliable, cheap, and effective. Those looking to migrate away can check out our best weather apps for Android list to find alternatives. This whole topic is depressing so let’s end with a joke. What’s the difference between weather and climate? You can’t weather a tree, but you can climate. Like Dark Weather, I’ll show myself out. Let us know what you think in the comments.

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