That widgets are one of Android’s most loved features is no secret. They are clearly one of the platform’s biggest assets and a staple on pretty much every home screen. Although most versions of Android come with a decent set of widgets built in, the real power of the widget comes to the fore with custom widgets available in the thousands on the Play Store.
Unfortunately, I’ve found myself wanting for a decent clock widget that did everything I needed it to do. A search that has seen me experiment with tons of options on the Play Store, including the excellent Minimalistic Text widget that I wrote about a while back and have been using since. As things go in the Android world, the app found its biggest new rival in my books last week with the Ultimate Custom Clock Widget – or UCCW as it is commonly called in the XDA Developer circles.
1Weather is a gorgeous weather app created by OneLouder, the minds behind apps like BaconReader and Tweetcaster. Like the other apps in the OneLouder catalog, 1Weather is full of useful features, all presented in a pretty package that adds a bit of class to any Android home screen. Not only does 1Weather show you the weather, it also provides real-time updates and social integration that helps you stay on top of the ever-changing atmosphere.
There are plenty of weather apps on the market, so what makes 1Weather any different? According to the folks at OneLouder, their weather app brings a “unique animation and graphics to create a more stylish experience.” The app is not just pretty (did I say that already?), it’s also packed with useful features and a gaggle of informative content, topped off with an intuitive user interface that just about anyone can manage. As a matter of fact, 1Weather is only available for higher-end devices due to resolution, resource, and animation requirements.
Enough talking about how nice 1Weather looks – let’s take a look at some screenshots.
With it being the time of year where looking out of the window can yield such a variety of results – especially for many of us here in the Northern Hemisphere – it’s often a good idea to have an idea of how conditions will pan out during the day. On Android, there are weather apps aplenty, so it’s a good time to round up some of the better efforts.
Now, you’ll probably be aware that many clock widgets also feature a weather function too. However, I have left most of these out here, instead focusing on more dedicated weather apps. There are few here that tag a clock into their app, but I hope you understand when I leave something out like Fancy Widgets or Beautiful Widgets. So, for some informative, beautiful and useful weather apps, read on…
“What time is it?” A simple question, right? If someone asked you the time, what would you look at? I’m sure that most of you have a watch, but if you are here reading you probably look at your smartphone more often. Like most of our possessions we want to customize it and make it beautiful – so why not make the time and weather more pleasing to your eyes?
The weather has a tremendous control on our behaviour and day-to-day choices. It is the subtle decider of so many things, such as whether to drive or to walk; to go out or to stay in. Some people rely on the forecasts the news offered the night before. Others prefer to look out the window that morning and take a guess. Some still have faith in the barometer on the shelves. But all you actually need for an instant up-to-date forecast is your Android phone.
GO Weather is an application designed to give you an in-depth description of what the weather is like right now, and how it will be in the near future, thereby saving you the need of having to take a guess.
When you live outside the confines of a major city, one of the downsides is that you never seem to be able to get weather forecasts specifically for your town and have to resort to seeing the forecasts of the nearest enlisted location. These forecasts often end up being quite accurate, but physical proximity doesn’t imply that both locations are on the same altitude. When that is the case, more often than not, the other city’s weather is very different from your town’s, and any weather application is essentially useless to you.
That’s where Weather Widgets from Pixelspore comes into play, by using yr.no, one of the most extensive location databases I have seen in a weather application, and adding a wide collection of widget designs to top it off.