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Best Android weather apps (2014 edition)

Posted: , by Victor H.


Three of our favorite Android weather apps, Yahoo Weather, 1Weather, and Bright Weather, from left to right

Three of our favorite Android weather apps, Yahoo Weather, 1Weather, and Bright Weather, from left to right

Unlike other platforms like iOS, Android, the world’s most proliferate mobile operating system, ships with no weather application on board (at least in its pure stock version). To get the weather forecast, you’d need to take a trip to Google’s Play Store, but with over a million apps there and tons of weather applications, you might find it hard to pick the ones that best fit you.

To save you the try and error, we've picked through the myriads of weather apps, looking for the ones that strike the right balance of being informative and good-looking.

After living with many of them, we found ourselves coming back to the brilliantly designed Yahoo Weather. It is a clean and clutter-free app, with no annoying ads. It starts you off with a full-screen image from your area, illustrating the weather conditions at the moment. 

Yahoo Weather brings essential info front and center, with no clutter

Swipe down, and it reveals the weather forecast for the next few days, as well as essential details like humidity, visibility, and the UV index. Scroll further down, for even more settings: a cloud map, wind and barometer readings, chances of precipitation, and moon phases. Swiping left and right switches between cities, and overall, the experience is very clean and modern-looking.

Yahoo Weather is well designed

Yahoo Weather is well designed

1Weather is a close runner-up to Yahoo Weather, lacking slightly in visual flare, but compensating with even more detailed weather information. 1Weather's home screen welcomes you with a picture relevant to the current weather condition (but it’s not an image from your particular region, like in Yahoo Weather), and all essential information available at a glance: you have the ups and downs in temperature, how does it feel outside, the conditions, chances of precipitation, as well as visibility distance, barometric pressure, humidity, wind speed, UV index and dewpoint. This is easily the most informative and yet clutter-free weather home screen of any Android app we've seen.

Where 1Weather particularly shines, though, is in its forecasts: you can see the weather estimate in either an hourly view, a detailed view for eve, night, morn, noon, or an extended view for the next 10 days. Swiping left or right will give you even more information about the chances for rain, as well as an animated map of the weather conditions. The only caveat to 1Weather is that the free version is ad-supported. For $1.99, you can get rid of those ads and fully enjoy the application, something that we definitely recommend you to do.

What we personally like best about 1Weather is how it appears in the notification dropdown, with a three-day forecast that you can easily see without having to open the app itself.

Finally, we give you a few more well-made Android weather apps below - they will provide you with nearly all of the information that Yahoo Weather and 1Weather provide, but with a different interface. We even have one bonus app that brings your weather forecast spiced up with a healthy doze of grumpy humor. Take a look below.

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posted on 04 Jul 2014, 08:25 1

1. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2695; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Yahoo Weather is best.

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 19:22

15. james004 (Posts: 478; Member since: 15 May 2013)

search Eye in Sky. pretty nice widget and provides just enough information. nothing too excessive.

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 08:29 2

2. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3006; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

I use AccuWeather. Tried Yahoo for a while, but the forecast wasn't very accurate and app was quite buggy.

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 08:36 2

6. Victor.H (Posts: 445; Member since: 27 May 2011)

Appreciate you sharing your experience. Put simply, you can't go wrong with either one of the big four: The Weather Channel, AccuWeather, WeatherBug, and Weather Underground. However, on Android, I find only WeatherBug of all four to have put the extra effort in not just providing information, but actually being well-designed. The situation is different on iOS, though, as you'll see in an upcoming article.

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 08:41 2

8. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3006; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

Yeah I agree that the AccuWeather app is not all that good looking. But I found it the best for me.

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 09:07 1

11. ahhxd717 (Posts: 319; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)

Same experience. I really liked Yahoo's app, but it's kinda buggy. Tried AccuWeather and think it's great. I usually just use HTCs weather app for just a quick look, but it uses accuweather as its source I think

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 08:30 2

3. BaffledTruffle (Posts: 109; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)

Grumpy Weather is my absolute favorite.

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 08:31 1

4. user996 (Posts: 187; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)

weather client from new ASUS ZenUI is best.

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 08:32 1

5. AfterShock (Posts: 2812; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

I used to WeatherBug elite, then it went freemium, bad move IMO to those that bought into it.
I like Yahoo weather, clean.

Currently, (as I live in Canada), I use weathercanada app.

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 08:40 1

7. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3426; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)

Yahoo weather FTW. Just note if you live in county or rural areas, its a hit and miss affair.

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 08:53 1

9. Awalker (Posts: 449; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)

I've started using Google Now for weather but I still have Yahoo and Accuweather installed.

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 08:59 3

10. stO_obs (Posts: 6; Member since: 22 May 2014)

Google Now ftw.

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 10:21 1

12. SupermanayrB (Posts: 182; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)

Transparent Clock & Weather is great for me. Very accurate. It updated cities very accurately when I drove from GA to FL. Never had to refresh to get the current city or weather; and it looks cool. I used to use Android Weather & Clock Widget, followed by Beautiful Widgets, One Clock, Dash Clock (not very accurate) & now Transparent Clock & Weather.

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 15:25

13. npaladin2000 (Posts: 134; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)

I actually prefer LG's built in weather app/widgets on the OGP and G2.

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 18:16

14. HildyJ (Posts: 153; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

If you want pretty, these apps deliver. If you want detailed and accurate, go to NOAA's forecast.weather.gov in Chrome, plug in your location, select the page you want to start on (I use the hourly forecast), click the Chrome options, and add it to your home page.

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 23:12

16. roscuthiii (Posts: 1847; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

Very timely PA... Just last night I was looking for a new weather app. I'd been using Fancy Widgets weather widget (gets its info from Accu Weather so all good there), but on a tablet it's 4 by x non-resizable widget just isn't aesthetically pleasing to me.
Any of these apps (or another) have tablet-friendly weather widgets?

posted on 05 Jul 2014, 00:54

17. GeorgeDao123 (Posts: 66; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)

Really? My best weather app is Google Now of Google Search.

posted on 05 Jul 2014, 01:41

18. roscuthiii (Posts: 1847; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

Thought about using Google Now, but... It's ugly. Don't really like the white background. Don't really like the lack of a clock in the widget since I generally hide the status bar that's where my clock goes, and don't really like either having the other cards there or having unfilled space.

posted on 05 Jul 2014, 02:03

19. tahirk (Posts: 23; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)

Well, I've tried quite a few and the standouts were Yahoo Weather & AccuWeather, which provided most accurate results.

posted on 05 Jul 2014, 08:31

20. tiara6918 (Posts: 1447; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

Nothing can still beat htc's lockscreen weather animations. I wish someone could copy that

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 09:52

23. IT_Architect (Posts: 3; Member since: 08 Oct 2014)

Truer words were never spoken. I have a Touch Pro2 with CHT. It's stunning with the clouds, lightning, rain and windshield wiper, snow building up on the bottom of the screen, etc. There have been lame attempts, but nothing that comes close. I has an extra bonus in that it isn't into identity theft. Anybody would pay good money to have that on Android o IOS.

posted on 05 Jul 2014, 15:21

21. andynaija (Posts: 481; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)

Used to use Yahoo Weather and I really love it, but the app has been going downhill with so many bugs, so I uninstalled about a month ago.
I'll reinstall if there is an improvement.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 09:46

22. IT_Architect (Posts: 3; Member since: 08 Oct 2014)

The Yahoo! one looks the best, but is there a nice one that isn't into identity theft? I don't mind paying. Thanks!

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