Friday , June 8 2018

AccuWeather now features Android Wear integration

If you’re looking for a bit more detail about the weather than Google’s Weather cards provide on your Android Wear device, then maybe you should revisit AccuWeather. AccuWeather has had apps on Android for as long as I can remember, and they’ve now added Android Wear integration to their popular Android app (which has been downloaded over 10 million times).

It’s more than just a flash-card though; the new app includes a forecast information screen, details on rain in the last hour, an hour-by-hour outlook for the day, as well as weather advisories.

Unfortunately, some of the other killer features of AcuuWeather aren’t supported in Australia; this includes ‘MinuteCast’ which gives you minute-by-minute precipitation forecasts for the next two hours in a very localised fashion, and weather alerts are generally only supported in the US, as well as weather radars.

So, while it’s pretty cool, and definitely a must-look if you’re an Android Wear user, for a local weather app, you’re probably still better off with PocketWeather. It’s Australian made, for one, and it also uses info from our own Bureau of Meteorology, so it’s a bit more accurate most of the time.

AccuWeather is free, but there’s a premium ad-free version available as well.

Thanks: Android Police (screenshots).

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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