Android 30|30 - 1Weather

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1Weather by OneLouder Apps

Let me start by saying I have never been a huge fan of "weather apps" in general. I have lived a great deal of my life feeling like if I wanted to know the weather, I'd look out the window. I do, however, have a family and making plans any number of days out is pretty much impossible in the state of Florida without checking the 3-day forecast for impending tropical doom. I saw tons of weather apps in the Android Market, and simply had no desire to install any of them. Beyond trying out a few skins for the weather component of Beautiful Widgets, I had never really found anything that made me want to look at the weather on my mobile device.

That all changed when I saw the 1Weather app interface. The screenshots below will say everything needed about how amazing this app is, however, I'll touch on a few of the features that have won me over into believing that pocket meteorology is not just for every day beach-goers. The app offers the ability to setup severe weather alerts, view live updating radar feeds, view weather photo gallery shots and will even let the user view weather related tweets from the area based on location. All of this is offered in one of the best UI presentations that Android has seen from any app, regardless of purpose.

The only suggestions that I would have requested from the initial release have been added with a recent update. The app now allows you an in-app purchase to remove the ads (which intelligently promote the developer's other app offerings) and change the background of the interface. All around amazing is the best way to describe how checking the weather feels when using this application.