AccuWeather is a famous weather forecasting service provider and one of the most reliable sources to keep you updated on local and international weather changes. The Android client of said service, which has been around for quite some time, has just been updated to with some handy new features; the most commendable of which is the integration of social media sharing, customizable color schemes and interactive maps. Moreover, detailed hourly weather forecasts, notifications for severe weather, improved navigation and search features and the option to save/favorite locations for quick access are some of the added features worth mentioning.
Frequent updates are not something that one normally associates with AccuWeather. Their web interface didn’t get a facelift up until just recently, and the Android variant also begged a much anticipated update, which has eventually happened with this recent update. The app now allows you to share snapshots of weather updates of your preferred location from within the app with your online friends. On the graphics front, there are as many as six different color schemes that can be applied to the app skin.
Enhanced support for locations lets you search for your preferred locations, save them as favorites and access them for a quick weather update within the app. The newly added support for notifications allows you to stay alert of current weather for a region of your choice. Pop-up notifications help you with knowing if the weather situation around you is going to get worse/severe. In case of a severe weather alert, you have the option to either head over to the official AccuWeather website or dismiss the notification altogether.
As mentioned above, and the above screenshot (left) portrays, the app now not only lets you snap images of the weather conditions of a selected location, but also allows you to post them to your Facebook Wall, supplemented with a custom message. Users craving for some more eye candy can rejoice the addition of multiple visually attractive themes to the mix. On the downside, though, users might still have to deal with a few force close instances. For example, the Lifestyle segment of the app that depicts exact weather ‘feel like’ for various outdoor activities doesn’t always work as desired. Same applies to the News section of the app that might force close as soon as you head over to a particular new story’s page.