Knowing the weather is something that we all pretty much need to know. Smartphone weather apps and weather widgets have been steadily improving over the years. They work better, have more detailed and accurate information, and the weather widgets look better with whatever theme you happen to be using. Here are the best weather apps and weather widgets currently available on Android.
1Weather by OneLouder Apps has been around for a long time and is not only one of the most popular weather apps on this list, but also one of the highest rated. It comes with your standard features like your daily and hourly forecast along with access to additional information. There are also some weather widgets available. The design is crisp and clean. It also comes with Android Wear support, weather tracking for up to 12 cities, and has support for 25 languages. All of the features comes in the free version. You can also pay $0.99 to remove advertising.
Accuweather by Accuweather.com is one of the more solid weather apps. It features the basics, including extended forecasts, hourly forecasts, and the like. Other features include radar, Android Wear support, and more. It also includes a MinuteCast feature. It predicts rain on a minute-by-minute basis. The app itself looks pretty good. The widgets are serviceable. It’s one of the better all-around weather apps.
Dark Sky had a rough start on Android. It received backlash for being among the first weather apps to have a subscription. Especially since the iOS version doesn’t. Aside from the small bit of controversy, the app is actually pretty awesome. It features one of the better radars that we’ve seen and it has up-to-the-minute forecast updates. There are also weather widgets if you happen to need those. You can try out the premium version for free and you can use it for free without a subscription as long as you don’t mind fewer features.
Google Assistant isn’t one of the usual weather apps. It can show you weather, though. You simply ask Google for the forecast. You can ask for the current weather, weather alerts, and more. Just click on the weather card to get additional info on the web. It doesn’t have a lot of the features as these other weather apps. However, it’s excellent for quick checks. It’s also entirely free. The app comes pre-installed on most Android devices as well.
GO Weather is among the most popular weather apps available. The app features the basics. That includes forecasts, radar, current weather, wind, weather severe weather alerts, and more. It uses AccuWeather as its service. It boasts over 200,000 locations worldwide. The app also comes with widgets, live wallpapers, and other features. It comes with a decent set of features on its own. There are various pro versions. Each one unlocks a different set of features. You can go all in for $19.99 and get every feature.
Local Weather Widget and Forecast is what the title says it is. It’s a quick, simple weather app. It also has widgets. The features include the basics, including forecasts, current temperature, hourly forecasts, and more. The weather widgets are perfunctory. It also features various themes. Other than that, it’s really not all that complicated. It’s free to download with no in-app purchases. There is a little bit of advertising, though.
MyRadar is a simple app that shows you a weather radar. It has a full range of features, including the ability to play animations so you can see if the rain is coming or going. The app itself is simple but you can buy additional feature as in-app purchases. Some of the additional features include a hurricane tracker and additional radar features. It works best as a combination with a normal weather app. It’s free to download with optional in-app purchases.
National Weather Service is an unofficial, small, and simple app that uses the National Weather Service API. It features the ability to check currently, hourly, and weekly forecasts for a static location (one you set) or a GPS location. It also has a radar, weather alerts, and advisories. There are even weather widgets if you want those. It is a smaller app that uses less resources and network data than most which is great if you need something small. It’s also completely free with no in-app purchases, advertising, or tracking.
NOAA Weather Unofficial is an app that sources the NOAA and National Weather Service for its information. You can find things like the latest weather forecasts, hourly conditions, radar, and more. You can track several cities at once and there are weather widgets to choose from. The only downside is that the app doesn’t support severe weather alerts. You can check those in the app, but that’s about it. There’s a free version and a paid version. We recommend the free one first.
WeatherBug is one of the older weather apps. It features all of the stuff you’d expect from a weather app. That includes weather forecasts, temperature, radar, weather alerts, and more. It also features 18 different weather maps, a lightning alert system, traffic conditions, and more. There are weather widgets to choose from However, they are in a separate app. The free version is more than good enough for most uses. The paid version is rather expensive.
Weather Channel is easily among the most recognizable weather apps out there. Thankfully, it covers all the basics. That includes current temperature, future forecasts, severe weather alerts, radar, and more. It also includes breaking news, lightning alerts, and pollen alerts. There are a variety of widgets, a separate tablet UI, and additional stuff. It doesn’t cut any corners. That makes it less great for those looking for a simpler solution. That’s excellent news. It’s free to download with no in-app purchases.
Weather Underground is one of the more complete weather apps. It features all of the basics so we won’t bore you with those details. Along with the usual stuff, it includes health info such as UV risk, local flu outbreaks, and pollen. It also has weather widgets. The app features hyper local weather. There are person weather stations all over the place. They deliver weather closer to your actual location. The free version has all of the features along with advertising. The surprisingly reasonable yearly subscription removes advertising.
Weather Wiz is one of the newer weather apps. It has the basics such as weather conditions, forecast, and more. It also has one of the coolest looking radars that we’ve seen. There is also emphasis on theming and looks. It’s nice if you’re into that sort of thing. The app also includes widgets, moon phases, and more. You can purchase themes as in-app purchases. Otherwise the app is free to download and use.
Yahoo’s weather app is probably their best app. It features a beautiful design, the essential weather information, weather alerts, a radar, and more. The app can track up to 20 cities. It sources its images from Flickr. You can submit your own weather photos if you want to. That adds a bit of fun to the proceedings for photographers. It doesn’t have Material Design, but that’s ultimately okay. It’s free to use with no in-app purchases.
YoWindow Weather is one of the more unique weather apps. It’s quite flashy. You can move your finger across the UI to see the weather at any given point in the day. It also covers the basics fairly well. It’s not as powerful as some weather apps. However, simplicity has its benefits as well. You can pick up the app for free to try out most of the features. The paid version goes for $2.99. It’s a reasonable price for what you’re getting.
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