Yahoo! Release new version of Android App
Yahoo! have today launched an update of their weather application for Android and I have taken a quick look at what it offers. From the opening screen you are informed that you can sync your settings across devices by using your Yahoo! account. This does mean another account if you are not already a Yahoo! Member but if you are and use multiple devices then this is a nice feature.
The settings screen is simple and elegant, you can pick from °F or °C. You can opt-in for notifications of weather alerts (useful to know if you should bring the umbrella with you!). You can set to receive the weather related images over wifi of all data connections and can clear the photo cache.
The app will automatically pick your current location (if location settings are enabled in the device settings) and give you the weather for that location.
Using the app
When you have a location (or more) setup, the first screen shows the current weather and temperature. Behind this is an image hopefully of the local area that relates to the weather conditions. In my case a nice wet street in Ipswich town centre.
Scrolling down the screen will bring up further weather information including:
- Forecast for the next 6 hours
- 5 day/10 day forecast
- Details (Feels like, Humidity, Visibility and UV Index)
- Weather map
- You can expand this to show cloud cover, heat index and Wind index
- Wind & Presure
- Sun & Moon (Sun Rise & Sun Set with Moon Phase)
Scrolling across the screen with take you to any of the other locations you have set up, making navigation easy and straight forward.
The design of this application is elegant, clean and very easy to use and understand with the fine touches you would expect from a big company and I feel it is one that will stop me using the BBC’s weather App very quickly.
If you like the sound of this app, you can download it now from Google Play