Tuesday, 28th May 2013
What is the weather today ?
The Weather !
It is amazing how often working people check the weather every day. A
quick look out the window on waking up; putting the radio or TV on while
getting about showering and maybe grabbing breakfast; using the results to
work out what to wear for the day; maybe a quick check on the Internet on
the home laptop/PC just before stepping out, just in case; a quick look
out the window at lunch time before going out for lunch; talking about it
at work, to other commuters on the way to work; checking it mid-afternoon
to decide if you might go out with friends or your partner after work;
checking it again just before going home; checking what the weekend
weather might be to see if the barbecue can come out or maybe a trip down to the
beach; etc.... And all of this does not even take into account
those of us for whom the weather is critical to their jobs : truckers,
farmers, fishermen, salesmen, mobile computer technicians, and others....
It never ends — we check the weather all the time !
It is no wonder, therefore, that on most Android phones, across all Android phone manufacturers, the most prominent app on the Home screen is the
Time and Weather app. In 9 phones out of 10 that app is either from AccuWeather, or is written by the manufacturer's app programmers but uses an AccuWeather data feed.
Typically the app will show on the Home screen the current time and the weather at your current location. You can then click on the time to access the various time features such as alarm, stopwatch, timer, or you can click on the weather information to get detailed weather information, such as the forecast hour by hour over the next 24 hours, the forecast for the next 5 days, and you can usually add additional towns around the world that you want to monitor for weather information (because, for example, you have relatives living there, or they are your favourite holiday destinations).
I changed my phone recently. I used to have an HTC Desire S and the stock Time and Weather app that came with it (data feed from AccuWeather) was good enough for my requirements. On my new phone, however, an HTC One X+, the stock Time and Weather app missed something. Initially I thought I could do without it, but after a while it became an irritation. Soon after it changed from irritating to annoying. And pretty soon after that it became unbearable
— I basically decided that it really did matter to me to know that whilst the official temperature outside was 4C, that it actually felt like -3C because of the wind chill factor (AccuWeather calls it RealFeel). Yes, 0C in a sheltered train station is completely bearable, but -8C out in the streets because of 30mph northerly winds is no fun at all, and yet HTC had for some inexplicable reason decided that it was OK to remove AccuWeather's RealFeel temperature from the Time and Weather app on my new phone.
Who on earth do they think they are to .......???%$£&**??
OK — I calmed down and remembered that there is always an alternative on the Android market....
So, over the next 4 days I tried every single Time and Weather app available on the Android Market ("Google Play" as it is called these days!) in search of
the perfect Time and Weather app.
Believe me — there are many !
Some are unbelievable. I mean unbelievably bad. In today's constantly moving world, for someone to produce an app where you can get reliable weather information only on US cities, or only Australian cities, or only Chinese cities, is beyond bad
— it is appalling. In 2013 there are too many of us with relatives or friends (sometimes they are only Internet friends) in other countries for someone to think that it is somehow OK to produce an app which is only "national" in its range of weather coverage.
Some apps are good, others are very good.
But out of all those Time and Weather apps, there was only one which was
absolutely Truly Excellent. There was only the one :
Android Weather & Clock Widget by
It's simple : get the app, install the 4x2 widget on your Home Screen, configure it— you will never have made a better Android smartphone decision !
This is the best Weather Clock for all the following reasons :
- Widget : Clock + Date displayed
- Widget : Graphics of what the weather is like outside (sun, snow, partial clouds)
- Widget : Feels Like displayed (so so so so important)
- Widget : Today's weather summary in words
- Widget : Humidity displayed
- Widget : Wind speed displayed
- Widget : Current Location displayed AUTOMATICALLY (so so so so important)
- Widget : Today's Highest & Lowest temperatures displayed
- Widget : You can force a weather update/refresh straight from the widget's screen
- Widget : You can scroll through your favourite cities' weather right from
- Widget : the widget's screen
- Widget : Tapping on the Clock portion of the widget is customizable as to
- Widget : which app it starts — by default it takes you into the Alarm / Stop Watch /
- Widget : Timer app
- Widget : You can customize the colours, look, and feel of the widget
- Widget : is uncluttered, clear, easy to read
Devexpert.NET clearly understand what is really important to be able to see in a 4x2 widget all in one go without needing to go into the weather app itself. There is not a single other weather app out there that has got all of those features implemented in their widget.
- App : Shows your exact CURRENT LOCATION down to street level !!!! Unbelievable
- App : — BRILLIANT !
- App : Has all the Widget information + 5-day forecast + 10-day forecast
- App : You can add other locations around the world (a must must must must)
- App : Hourly forecast
- App : You can configure to C (Celsius) or F (Fahrenheit)
- App : You can configure to kmh or mph for the wind speed
- App : You can configure the update frequency
- This App is FREE although, personally, I would have no problems paying for it - it is that good !
Want to see what it looks like, see below :
Are you still reading this ????!!!!!
Get off this webpage and go straight off to the Android Market to download Android Weather & Clock Widget by
Devexpert.NET. You're wasting ........ time !
Ciao and Enjoy !
—— (TUT) SpaceMan