The weather scene in the app world across all platforms has been brutal – Google, Yahoo, AccuWeather and many others have wrestled for almost a decade to gain supremacy. In a flooded weather app genre, it is surprising how the intuitive Dark Sky weather app has not only stayed afloat but sailed through the rough seas. It will be a clear and sunny day for android users today, as Dark Sky is finally being released for Android.
Dark Sky has been a popular choice for many iOS users, owing to its unique design and features, most importantly being its up-to-the-minute weather reports. Harnessing the information from 19 meteorological sources, Dark Sky continues to be among the best weather apps, despite charging the iOS users $3.99. However, unlike the iOS users, Android users will be offered a free version of Dark Sky, along with a paid subscription option.
The paid subscription option will cost $2.99 per year (on iOS it is $3.99 for a lifetime) while the free version of the weather app will offer basic features. If you are really excited about the “hyper-local” weather updates, the free option isn’t for you. The free version for Android comes with weather maps, 7-day forecast, and 24-hour forecast, making it no different from loads of free weather apps already out there.
Dark Sky for Android features Widgets
One way to make up for the four-year gap to release Dark Sky for Android is by providing unique features, and what is unique to Android more than widgets? The three types of widgets available to Dark Sky for android users are – Next Hour, Today, and Weekly.
“Dark Sky has a plethora of notification options, which means bad weather will never catch you off guard. You can be notified of rain within the next hour, government severe weather alerts, and even create your own custom alerts (it’s garden planting season right now, so I’ve created a custom alert to let me know if it’ll be too cold at night for my plants. And my wife has a UV index alert set up to make sure our son goes to daycare with sunscreen).”
Have you been waiting to get your hands on the “scarily precise” forecasts from Dark Sky? Do you think it is fair for you to pay $2.99 per year while iOS users get a lifetime subscription for $3.99? Let us know your thoughts below in the comments.
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