As a passionate Android user, I tend to get pretty excited anytime apps that I use frequently see an update. A perfect example of this was when I found out that Earth Networks had updated the WeatherBug for Android app! On August 27th, the WeatherBug for Android app had been updated with some very cool new features.
- 10-Day Forecasts: While other apps provide weather data that’s up to an hour old, WeatherBug reports truly live, local conditions every 2 seconds from our very own network of 10,000 neighborhood-level, professional-grade sensors — the largest local network on the planet. Now WeatherBug provides the extended 10-day forecast — based on neighborhood-level data and fine-tuned algorithms — to help you plan for the weather ahead.
- New Hurricane Center: Know Before™ and be prepared for the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season. Track the latest storms, watch animated satellite views, and check the radar within the app’s Hurricane Center. Investigate past hurricanes or read related stories to help you prepare for what’s ahead. With one click, tablet users can also read news updates from the WeatherBug Meteorology Team.
- Spanish Language Support: ¿Hablas español? Sí? Well, WeatherBug does now too. Users can select Spanish as the default language for current and extended forecasts!Plus, you can customize your app’s look from a deeper array of backgrounds that include beach and rain drop designs.
Now let me break down:
First of all, the new 10 day forecasts are a welcome addition. Knowing what the weather is shaping up to look like well into the following week has done wonders for me planning out my time outdoors.
Despite the fact that I don’t personally live in a hurricane affected location, I have family who are often in the “hurricane zone” when a new threat arises. So even if those family members don’t have access to an Android phone, I do, and can keep them up to date on the latest even when I’m on the go. The new feature known as t he Hurricane Center provides me with mobile access to real time events happening in areas directly affected by any hurricane threats going on at the time.
And finally, there’s the new language support for those who speak Spanish. I think this is a great feature, since English may not be the first language for all WeatherBug users.
Download WeatherBug for Android
If you’re interested in testing out these new features, I recommend heading on over to Google Play and installing/updating your copy of WeatherBug for Android today. If you already have the application installed, then all you need to do is update the software with Google Play.
If you use Android, chances are you’re using a weather application to keep track of the latest weather events taking place in your immediate area. And out of all of the weather apps for Android that are available, it’s the WeatherBug Android app who recently won Best Weather App Ever. The award is offered by 148Apps and Steel Media Network in order to celebrate fantastic mobile applications, considered best in their class.
For those of you who haven’t yet tried out WeatherBugor WeatherBug Elite for Android, allow me to share some of the reasons why I believe you’re missing out.
Local weather vs Airport only weather – The WeatherBug weather station network is massive and far more inclusive than the typical NOAA weather stations by themselves. The WeatherBug network takes advantage of both what NOAA has to offer, in conjunction with using a school based network of professional grade weather stations. For example in my area, the NOAA weather data comes from the airport, which is about 13 miles away.
Using the WeatherBug network, I can select my nearest weather station with is either the NOAA station or the station located 3 miles away at a local middle school. In a county with varied weather conditions, hyper-local is vastly more accurate.
The Features not found elsewhere - WeatherBug offers extras like live weather alerts and real-time lightning detection/warnings which help to put WeatherBug ahead of the class. These features, bundled with daily pollen data, live cams and a daily WeatherBug video forecast make this app the best in the business.
The user interface is fantastic – WeatherBug’s latest release for Android has raised the bar for other weather apps to follow. To be blunt, there’s simply no contest in overall flow in navigating the app. Immediate, hourly, or 7 day forecasts are available at the touch of the screen.
Interactive maps matter – One of the most sought after features offered by WeatherBug is the interactive maps. Whether it’s zooming into a specific location or adding various radar overlays to see what the weather is actually doing at any given time, WeatherBug offers solid functionality in this space.
Today I’m thrilled to report that WeatherBug for Android and WeatherBug Elite for Android users will find there is a brand new update available for their phones. Even better than that, this update isn’t merely a few bug fixes or a couple of new features — it’s a complete facelift over the old application as you once knew it. This release of WeatherBug for Android is faster, easier to navigate and the new layout is really quite exiting to use!
A brand new UI
Once you’ve updated your WeatherBug or WeatherBug Elite application the Google Play Store, you’ll notice how everything is completely different looking. Gone is the old design, we now have a crisp and clean user interface allows for a customizable experience. Customization options such as arranging the order of the tiles at the bottom of the screen down to selecting a background of your choosing. It’s clear right away that many hours of thought and care went into this latest release as it’s simply stunning to look at and use.
Three of the first things you’ll notice differ from the previous Android version of WeatherBug are the following:
Tiles – The new dynamic tiles at the bottom of the home page give you instant access to your most commonly used WeatherBug features.
In-app navigation – Access all of your WeatherBug features and settings without ever needing to leave your home screen.
Semi-transparent overlay – Because not all backgrounds are created equal, WeatherBug for Android provides you with the option of select a background that you prefer.
Brand new features for a brand new app
Now it’s important to realize this is just the tip of the iceberg. In addition to the above visual changes, important new features have also been added as you’ll see from feature list and video below.
•NEW! Slide-side navigation – Get all your forecasts, conditions and alerts with our new one-touch navigation right from the home screen!
•NEW! Spark Alerts – Spark, an exclusive WeatherBug feature, turns your smartphone into a personal lightning detector. Only WeatherBug can bring minute-by-minute, mile-by-mile lightning strike alerts to you, in real-time, based on data from the WeatherBug total lightning detection network!
•Push notifications – For severe weather alerts in the US.
•NEW! Photos Section – We’ve collected magnificent photography from our users for your viewing pleasure. Come see what others are sharing and enjoy the scenery!
• NEW! Enhanced Pinpoint Hourly Forecasts for Domestic and International Locations – 25% more accurate forecasts for the next 24 hours when compared to other forecasts! Know Before™ you head out!
•NEW! Current Conditions Icon – We now update the icons more frequently with a higher resolution model, so you get the most accurate depictions of conditions. That’s especially critical when weather conditions are quickly changing.
•NEW! Home Screen Customization – Customize your home screen with new background themes and rearrange your live tiles to get the info that matter the most to you at-a-glance.
•Pin-Point Visual Forecasts – The industry’s most accurate current, extended and hourly weather forecasts for your community in an easy to read, at-a-glance format. Only our network updates this information in real-time.
•Exclusive DTAs & Severe Weather Alerts – Minutes Matter. Our Dangerous Thunderstorm Alerts (DTAs) provide you 50% faster warnings to severe weather than the competition’s weather alerts. Plus, you get National Weather Service (NWS) warnings and watches to stay informed of severe weather conditions at all your current and saved locations.
•Enhanced Interactive Maps – Press and hold anywhere on the map and drop a pin to view current conditions from our exclusive network of weather stations. Enjoy multiple map layers such as Doppler radar, humidity, pressure, wind speed, high/low forecast, traffic, satellite imaging and more!
•Lifestyle Forecasts – Can I take my family to the beach? Should I cancel tomorrow’s picnic? Our new Lifestyle Forecasts identify and analyze specific weather parameters to advise you on how best to stay comfortable and have fun!
•Live Weather Cams – View live images from over 2,000 weather cameras across the U.S. to get a better picture (pun intended) of the weather at destinations near and far.
•Social Sharing – Knowledge is power, so share current conditions, forecasts, live cam images and severe weather alerts with your social network to empower your friends and family with meaningful weather information so they can make the right decisions.
•My Location – Automatically updates your weather information based on the closest weather station to you in your neighborhood through GPS.
The Features I love
For myself personally, the two biggest new features that stood out to me were the slide-slide navigation and the new Spark Alert notifications. In addition to that, I was equally happy with enhanced forecast information being provided. Greater accuracy is always awesome, especially where I live!
Features carried over from the previous release were still offered and in my opinion, only made better with the new user interface. Maps, Live cams, and Severe Weather Alerts are at the top of that list.
Where to get WeatherBug for Android
You’ll find two options for WeatherBug on your Android smart phone. The first is the WeatherBug free app, which is ad supported and the second app is the full-featured WeatherBug Elite app. Both of these titles are available for instant download from the Google Play Store.
In March, I shared the news that WeatherBug for the iPhone had graduated to its 3.0 release. And to be honest, I’d suggest it was one of the most compelling releases for the app I’ve ever seen. Streamlined, tons of new features, the app had it all. But the folks back at Earth Networks felt like there were a few additional improvements they wanted to make. Today, I’m thrilled to introduce WeatherBug for iPhone version 3.0.1.
Latest features added
Increased our Hourly Forecast from 24 hours to 7 days: This feature alone, is a huge change. With hourly forecasting providing hourly data in this manner, users of the app can plan out their week based on select times of the day.
Added ‘Feels Like’ temperature reading to our Hourly Forecast: Another bonus for fans of the hourly forecast, the addition of the “feels like” temperature translates into WeatherBug users being able to plan on how it will feel once they head out the door.
Increased font sizes on the ‘Now’ screen for better readability: A useful change for those who may prefer to have the text size made larger.
Stay on top of the latest updates
Was this the first you’ve heard about this? You may not be alone. The best advice is to check your iPhone for software updates frequently, rather than waiting to be prompted. This way, you’ll always be among the first to enjoy the latest and greatest Earth Networks has to offer.
And if you own an iPhone and still haven’t experienced the WeatherBug difference, you can grab one of two options. The first option is the free, ad-supported app. The second is called WeatherBug Elite and it’s my personal favorite.
Last year, Earth Networks unveiled WeatherBug for the iPhone v2.0. This release provided a welcome refresh from the old WeatherBug for iPhone 1.0 interface and color scheme, in addition to bundling in improved performance and functionality. Well today I’m excited to share yet another great release of this popular WeatherBug app. This time, the changes are even more visually compelling and of course, Earth Networks is offering even more new functionality with their latest release.
Introducing WeatherBug 3.0 for the iPhone! With maximum customization offered, WeatherBug 3.0 offers its users the following great new features.
Redesigned and Streamlined
Packed with extra content, WeatherBug for iPhone features a sophisticated at-a-glance design that presents in-depth data from the WeatherBug network quickly and easily. The app’s enhanced interactive maps include multiple layers for radar, humidity, air pressure, satellite images and more. View the most current conditions from the largest weather sensor network, get one-touch access to pinpoint visual forecasts, and see live tiles for radar, exclusive live camera images, photos, pollen counts and more. Customize the app’s background themes to suit your mood, change the navigation tiles and check out the new content sections for your game day, family and fitness forecasts to get the information you need faster.
Better Forecasts and Content from Neighborhood-level Weather Data
Other weather apps use data up to an hour old. WeatherBug refreshes data every 2 seconds to deliver current information from 10,000 neighborhood-level,professional-grade sensors – the densest weather network in the U.S. WeatherBug provides more real-time data on current conditions, updated more frequently, from the world’s largest weather network for better pinpoint hourly forecasts for locations in the U.S. and around the world. WeatherBug also delivers data from the National Weather Service, the World Meteorological Society and numerous other sources. And only WeatherBug provides access to over 2,000 live weather cameras and exclusive Spark alerts.
Spark Lightning Alerts
Spark Lightning Alerts are a unique and exclusive feature to WeatherBug, delivering lightning strike information based on your device’s GPS location, your favorite locations you regularly monitor, or right on the spot where your family might be at that moment to help keep them safe. Spark uses readings from the world’s largest and most advanced Total Lightning Network. Whether the nearest lightning strike is on the other side of the world or right near you, Spark provides you with minute-by-minute and mile-by-mile lightning information,with recommendations for when to go indoors and seek shelter and when to stay tuned. To check for lightning at a given spot where your loved ones might be that moment, simply zoom in on the radar map and press the exact location to get information on Spark lightning alerts and all other weather information.
Faster Severe Weather Alerts
Minutes matter. WeatherBug delivers watches and warnings issued by the NWS in addition to WeatherBug’s exclusive Dangerous Thunderstorm Alerts (DTAs).Powered by breakthrough technology and live data from the world’s largest and most advanced total lightning detection network, DTAs can provide warnings to thunderstorms and other types of severe weather 50% faster, on average, than any other weather app — so you’ll know about high winds, hail, heavy rain, lightning strikes and tornadoes even faster.
WeatherBug 3.0 – Free and Elite Editions Available
WeatherBug 3.0 is available in two great editions. The first WeatherBug edition is an ad-supported version which allows you to use WeatherBug for the iPhone at no charge whatsoever. The second edition knows as WeatherBug Elite, is available for $2.99 and is completely ad-free.