Windows Phone certainly has no shortage of good weather apps. In the past, we have seen the likes of SkyMotion and Bing Weather dazzle users with their neat UI and useful features. While the Bing app has a beautiful live tile, SkyMotion can claim to be the most up-to-date weather app available on the platform. Despite that, breez is a new WP8 app that has shown that there is always room for improvement in even the most crowded categories of the Windows Phone Store. You just have to launch the app once to see why it is unlike other weather apps available for WP8. For one thing, breez is largely gesture-based, and functions almost entirely button-free. The app’s UI is really eye-catching as well, with animations responding to the user’s touch and the tilting of their device.
When it is launched for the first time, breez asks for permission to access the device’s current location. If the access is granted, the first screen presents weather stats from the city you are in at present. To help newcomers, breez displays a few overlaid instructions on the weather screen. If it is currently raining there’s a hailstorm coming, you are really in for a treat. The raindrops shown in breez are moving, but that’s not all they do. Tilt your device and if it has an accelerometer, the drops sway as well! There might be more animations hidden away in breez, but you’ll have to discover them yourself with the passage of time.
To view the forecast for the next three days, simply swipe downwards on the screen. For the expected conditions during the next 24 hours, breez has something more interesting up its sleeve. Slowly swipe upwards on the screen, and the app changes its screen and stats to match different times of the day, like moving on an invisible timeline. breez also changes its background color according to the time of the day and the current weather conditions.
breez can handle more than one location at a time. To add a new location, simply swipe to the left, Another way of going about this is to perform a pinch gesture and then hit the ‘+’ tile from the next screen.
To access breez’s settings, hit the arrow icon just above the location name. From this menu the temperature unit as well as the app’s access status to your accelerometer and GPS unit can be changed. From the location options, users also get to pin any section of the app to the Start screen. The resulting live tile then shows the latest temperature of the area, as well as a brief forecast of the day in text form.
breez is a free app, and even if you are satisfied with the weather app you are currently using on your WP8, do give it a shot; you won’t be disappointed.