One of Android’s best weather apps just got a major visual overhaul

Igor Bonifacic

December 29, 2015 5:30pm

When it comes to weather apps, those of us with an Android phone have slim pickings compared to our peers on iOS. With apps like Atmos, Dark Sky, and Tempo — to name just a few — it’s easy for an iPhone user to find the exact weather app that perfectly fits their taste.

The good news is one of the Android’s best weather apps, Weather Underground, just got a major update. With this latest update, the developers behind the already comprehensive app have not only added new features and user experience improvements to the Weather Underground experience, they’ve also made their app a lot easier on the eyes.

Gone is crowded mess of the app’s previous incarnation; instead, what’s here is now a lot easier to parse. All the useful information that helped set Weather Underground apart is cleanly displayed thanks to a strict adherence to Google’s Material Design guidelines. Weather Underground purists who miss the app’s old look can still use a dark theme; in fact, one of the nifty new features in this release is it’s now possible to customize in what order the app displays information.

On the added feature front is a new a tile that reports weather factors that can have an affect on a person’s health like air quality such as UV index. Additionally, Weather Underground now displays a 10 day forecast where it’s possible to see a breakdown of each day’s weather hour by hour.

An ad-supported version of Underground Weather is free to download from the Google Play Store. A yearly $2.18 CAD subscription removes the ads.

  • Max Fireman

    Would be convenient if link was posted. Thanks

    • mizkitty

      Right Click the app name and choose “Google Play – Apps” from your context search menu…Done.


  • Ira S

    Since the update eliminated snow accumulation from the forecast, keeping only rain info, this app is now useless for anyone living in Canada.

  • Anthony

    does mobilesyrup get paid to post shitty advertisement like this?

  • Ali F.

    Slim pickings! It looks like you never use android phone nor Play Store. It is just like telling readers, don’t expect a good weather app if you buy Android device.

    • Victor Creed

      Not sure why they even bother writing about Android anymore, clearly the site is all in with iOS.

    • Vito R.

      You’re complaining that they’re letting you know about an update to an Android app…

  • Collin dubya

    this has nothing on yahoo weather.

  • Roger

    I’ve tried Yahoo, WU, and TWN for daily use. I keep coming back to TWN for the information it gives. Yahoo Weather win in aesthetics hands down, though.

    • Stuntman06

      TWN is the most accurate. Yahoo is the most aesthetically pleasing. 1Weather has the best widget and radar map. I use all 3.

  • 1Weather

    • Stuntman06

      This app has the widgets I like the most.

  • Victor Creed

    I prefer Weather Timeline

    • Tech Guru

      Weather timeline is amazing.

  • Jon Lee

    Slim pickings on Android?!?

    Weather Post is beautiful, sources its data from Environment Canada, has weather alert notifications and radar maps!

    As this website targets Canadian users, I’d put this weather app at the top of the list.

  • TP

    ?? Is the author from 2010? There are plenty, really uncountable numbers of weather apps on Android. I have tried Yahoo, TWN, Weatherbug, TWC, etc, they are all very accurate and have been eye-pleasing over time as well. Either author doesn’t know anything about Android weather apps, or he is definitely biased.

  • Tech Guru

    NO weather apps on Android? What year is it? Android pioneered weather widgets and apps. I know you guys have that heavy Apple bias to keep up for Mr. Cook.. but at least try to do a bit of research.

    • jndvrk

      LOL Really? Android pioneered weather apps? You know a weather app came bundled with the very first iphone, and apps were available on every single pre-smart-phone smart-phone OS like Palm / WinMo / Symbian.

      Yes… at least try to do a bit of research.

      Sure, the article is pretty dumb, but your comment beats it hands down.

    • Tech Guru

      Diversity in weather apps/widgets has been a staple of Android since the good old days. Apple had the one pathetic weather app all along, sure.. you’re right. But there are hundreds of weather apps in Google Play – take a look. Oh you can’t, because you’re clutching that iPhone of yours with all your might.

  • Unorthodox

    Doesn’t Play store trace referrers? Wouldn’t it be better if devs knew where their user base find recommendations? Would it have killed the author to post a Play link?

  • cartfan88

    Weather Forecast for today: balmy, perfect for Igor to go for a brisk troll.

  • Nahuel1988

    When it comes to weather apps, those of us with an Android phone have slim pickings compared to our peers on iOS… Is this guy r*tarded? He is the definitive proof that natural selection went to sh*t… I am not even an Android user but that line, that very line, is ignorance at its finest.

  • Stuntman06

    So in an article about an Android weather app, you don’t put a link to the app in the Play store and yet you put links to three iOS weather apps. When you write an article about an iOS weather app, do you put 3 links to Android weather apps and not to the iOS weather app?

  • Stuntman06

    Regarding Weather Underground, I am trying it out right now. I am pretty impressed with the app. It actually indicates which weather station around town it is getting the current conditions from. There are quite a number of them within each of the larger municipalities in Metro Vancouver. I also like the widget. I’m using the 4×1 widget that shows the forecast for the next couple of days.

    I’m going to use it for a while longer to see how accurate it is. I also will need to wait for rain to test out the radar imagery. The long range forecast is for sunny skies for the next week, so it may be a while.

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