Live tiles are the flagship feature of Microsoft’s latest operating systems and while they are handy in displaying info at a quick glance for a lot of different types of apps, they particularly shine when it comes to weather apps. Microsoft’s own weather app has a rather simple live tile, but there are many fancier options available in the Windows Phone Store that utilize live tiles to the max. Usually live tiles get updated after an hour or so, which is fine in most cases. However, if the weather of your city is really unpredictable and has the tendency to go from sunny to stormy in a matter of minutes, even live tiles can’t do enough to forewarn you. That’s where SkyMotion can be of assistance. This new Windows Phone app provides minute-by-minute weather updates, and can tell you about a coming onslaught of the elements that might slip under the radar of an ordinary weather app.
SkyMotion is based upon such a great concept that a lot of Windows Phone users are gonna love to have it on their devices right away. Unfortunately though, the app only supports locations from US and Canada for now, and while you can install and use it anywhere, you will not get any weather data for locations outside the US and Canada. If you are living in one of the supported locations though, SkyMotion is one of the must-have apps. It automatically locates you on the map and shows the conditions of your area under the ‘My Current Position’ heading. Other locations can be bookmarked by hitting the ‘+’ button and searching for the desired place.
To personalize SkyMotion, head to the Settings menu, where you get to change the temperature unit, refresh time and live tile settings. It is possible to pin individual locations to the Start screen directly as well, allowing you quick access to them in the app rather than having to navigate to them after launching the app.
The weather reports presented by SkyMotion are termed ‘nowcast’. The summary page of the nowcast has a nice graphical and text representation of the weather conditions, along with the current temperature. You also get to see the estimated time till the next change in the conditions is expected. The tiny ‘Next Forecast In’ timer counts down to the time remaining till the nowcast gets refreshed. In order to view the weather forecast in the thorough SkyMotion style, swipe rightwards to the ‘details’ section that lists the expected upcoming changes in conditions.
To get the most out of SkyMotion, you must use its live tile since that increases the app’s usefulness by a long way. SkyMotion supports all the cities in North America, and works on Mango as well as Windows Phone 8. You can grab the app for free from Windows Phone Store using the link below.