The much-loved weather app known as Weather Timeline unfortunately got removed from the Google Play Store last fall. Due to rising costs, the app’s creator — Sam Ruston — elected to hide the app from new users to keep functionality working for existing installs.
However, a different company ended up acquiring Weather Timeline. That company — the awkwardly-named ACME AtronOmatic — just pushed out a new update to the app, a big step on its way to re-release (via 9to5Google). ACME AtronOmatic also promised that Weather Timeline will be back on the Google Play Store soon in both a free, ad-supported version and a paid, premium version.
Unfortunately, Weather Timeline won’t be exactly the same as people remember it. The biggest change will be the source of the weather data: whereas the original app featured many different sources to give as accurate a prediction as possible for your local area, the new version only uses one source in the United States: MyRadar. That means other sources such as Weather Underground and the popular Dark Sky will no longer be options.
If you’re one of the lucky people who previously downloaded the original Weather Timeline, congratulations: you are grandfathered into the premium, ad-free version of the app. When the app does get re-published to the Play Store, new users will have to choose between seeing ads or paying for the premium variant (which, notably, is what Ruston was trying to avoid).
ACME AtronOmatic does promise that the “new” Weather Timeline will look and function much as it did before, albeit with the loss of major data sources.
We will let you know when the app gets re-published to the Play Store. In the meantime, check out our weather app roundup below: