As all Chicagoans know, our weather can be very fickle. So it’s imperative that you know what elements you will face when dashing out of the house. That’s why one of the first things you should do after purchasing your shiny new Android device and completing the initial setup, is to get a good weather app. This is probably one of the first things you will consult in the morning as you rush off to work, and decide what clothes to appropriate from your closet. Most cell phone manufacturers, like HTC and Samsung for example, include some nice weather widgets on the homepage for quick reference, but if your phone didn’t come with one, or you don’t like the one your phone did come with, the beauty of Android is that you can always download another one.
In the Google Play store, there are literally thousands of apps that come up when you search for “weather”, but as with most apps, you are better off sticking to the “name brands” when making your selection. In this case, there are some names you can appreciate, like “The Weather Channel”, “Yahoo”, and “AccuWeather”. When picking a weather app, you should look for features like ease of use, an interface that easy to read, along with a decent weather map. Most weather apps also come with widgets that give local info at a glance. Here’s a list of the better ones you can install right now for free.
AccuWeather is the app that comes pre-installed on the Samsung Galaxy products, so if you envy the AccuWeather widgets that come on their phones and tablets, here’s your chance to get a similar one. The app itself has a ton of information including a weather map, extended forecast, and video news clips.
The Weather Channel
The Weather Channel app just underwent a total redesign, so it’s probably the easiest to read and use out of all the apps listed here. Has a new feature called “Now” that gives you an actual time for the next major weather event, i.e. “Snow possible Wednesday at 6PM”. Also has a bunch of video clips, interactive weather map, extended forecast with hourly details, and some nicely designed widgets.
WeatherBug is pretty similar to the AccuWeather app, but it has some additional features like a live camera showing the weather conditions in your area, and a weather bar that stays nested in your notification slide. It also keeps the temperature placed at the top of the screen in the status bar, which you may or may not like.
Yahoo! Weather is a pretty basic app, that at first glance, just gives you the current temperature and weather conditions, along with an extended forecast. However, if you turn the phone to landscape, then it gives you an alternate view that provides more detail about the current weather conditions, like Visibility, Wind Direction, Etc..Also has a pretty good widget for your home screen.