Dark Sky finally brings its down-to-the-minute, hyperlocal weather forecasts to Android


Google's Play Store is chock full of weather apps, but few are as good as a certain weather app that was exclusive to Apple's ecosystem until now - the essential Dark Sky.

The exceptional weather app is a personal favorite of many, including us, and is now finally available for Android devices in the US, UK, and Puerto Rico. What makes it so good? Well, the forte of Dark Sky is its ability to provide timely hyperlocal weather alerts. Its next-hour notifications will promptly notify you if precipitation is expected in your area in the next hour or so, or if the temperature is expected to drop/raise significantly. Additionally, the to-the-minute 24/7 weather forecasts are extremely useful. 

Dark Sky also has doppler maps, which is as cool as it's nifty. Home screen widgets naturally made the cut either, allowing you to check out the weather forecast for the next hour, day, or week straight from your home screen. 

Unlike its iOS counterpart, which can be yours after a one-time payment of $3.99, Dark Sky will be available for free on Android. The catch? The free version only comes with 24-hour and weekly forecasts. You will need to shell out $2.99 per year for the premium version, which comes with the full suite of features. This is an experiment on Dark Sky's developer end, but fortunately, a free two-week premium trial has been thrown in, allowing you to test the full functionality of the app before you jump on the train.

Worth it!

Download: Dark Sky (Android | iOS)


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12 Comments

1. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Tried it for about 2 minutes and Uninstalled it. It had my house on the road behind me and yeah it gives you a free trial but you have to pay for it first.

2. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

The weather from the house behind you and yours won't be too much different, and it's a 2 week trial, then charges you if you don't cancel the subscription, standard trial stuff really. It's an extremely awesome weather app

5. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Yeah, awesome how you need a paid subscription for what you can get from Accuweather for a one-time upgrade purchase.

11. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Maybe he meant his house was located wrong on the map.

3. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

Yeah, the weather difference could be drastic between your house's actual location and the road behind your house. /s

7. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

I personally like Accuweather app better.

4. xocomaox

Posts: 201; Member since: Dec 14, 2015

Interface was poor. Uninstalled it.

6. InJuxHurYlem

Posts: 28; Member since: Oct 07, 2009

This is basically the exact same thing as Arcus Weather. Same layout and same source data. But one of them supported the Android community a couple years before the other.

8. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Yep and the other one want you to pay yearly when accuweather is a one time fee for premium version..

9. techguyone

Posts: 214; Member since: May 18, 2013

Arcus is a good go to app for weather

10. Rocky1978

Posts: 41; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

I never liked the app on ios. I'm definitely not getting it on Android. I already have 5 weather apps on my phone that work better. This app has always been very overrated.

12. HildyJ

Posts: 342; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

How do they get their "hyper local" data? I use Weather Underground which allows me to select from numerous private and school operated weather stations. Also it features hourly temperature, probability of precipitation, and wind predictions. The radar maps offer a variety of overlays including storm centers (with their predicted motion) and weather station temperature, wind speed and direction, and current conditions. Plus you have user reported conditions (e.g. tree down, power out, flooding).

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