When it comes to checking the weather on your Android phone, the official Weather Channel app is one of the most popular ways. Search “weather” on Google Play; it’s the first app to come up, and it has the most reviews. Unfortunately, it’s never been the best at what it does. Despite its massive popularity, the Weather Channel app has been overshadowed by superior apps for some time now. That changes today.
The official Weather Channel app has been updated today with an entirely new UI, enhancements to almost every section available and a handful of new features. Gone is the clunky old Weather Channel app, and in is a much more enjoyable Holo-themed experience. The full list of improvements and new additions includes the new UI, a refresh button, a tablet-optimized layout, better video selection, maps, radars and forecasts, and an interesting new feature that tells you exactly when it’s going to start raining or snowing down to the minute.
Early reviews of the new Weather Channel app are mixed, with most negative reviews relating to missing the old UI or the invasive ads. The opening page of the new Weather Channel app is one giant ad, with a current weather graphic placed off to the side, and you’re constantly reminded while using the app to sign up for “mPoints” to start earning gift cards and prizes. Still, if you can look past those few faults, the overall experience has improved immensely.
I mainly use a combination of Google Now and Radar Now (no relation, it’s just a coincidence) to check the weather, but the new Weather Channel app may have found a spot on my phone. To download the new Weather Channel app for Android, use the widget below.