Whether it’s a weekend of off-road adventuring through the desert or simply your daily commute, one question that often comes to mind when driving is involved is, “What will the weather be like?” While checking the current conditions in your current location is as easy as poking your head out the window, knowing what mother nature holds in store for the next few hours or days in a different location is a different story.
With the Google Play Store on your Insane Audio products, you now have access to hundreds of powerful weather apps. Many of these weather apps also include a selection of widgets that allow you to add current and forecasted conditions to your home screen. We even found weather radar live wallpaper! Because we’ve always got your back here at Insane Audio, we’ve taken the time to sort through and review some of the most interesting, useful, and hilarious weather resources out there.
This unofficial app uses the National Weather Service API to provide current conditions, as well as hourly and weekly forecasts. Like all of the weather apps reviewed here, NWS Now uses GPS location information to provide info on your current location, or you can input a location you’re interested in.
We love this app because of its clean, bold, easy-to-read design and straightforward layout. Other nice features include an in-depth forecast discussion section that covers topics from snow conditions to aviation. NOAA powered radar, weather, and precipitation maps give you a big picture view of the forecast and a handful of widgets let you view the weather at a glance on your home screen.
Sourced from perhaps the most accurate and trusted provider of weather information on the planet, this NOAA Weather app packs tons of information and functionality into an easy to consume format and fun to use app.
In addition to the standard forecast, current conditions or "observations" and forecast discussion, this app includes all kinds of radar loops, interactive maps, and extras, even a moon forecast!
This popular weather app doesn’t have perfect compatibility with our products (no scroll support in landscape orientation means a lot of info is omitted), but it does offer a quick, clean overview of current conditions, allows you to save a variety of locations for quick access, grabs curated background photos based on conditions and location from flickr, and offers some pretty nice widgets, so we thought we’d give it a mention here.
Fu*** stands for Funny, what did you think it stood for? This weather app offers some standard features you expect, current conditions and extended forecasts, but with a LOT of attitude. While digging through loads of weather apps presenting the same information in slightly different ways, this one came as an unexpected but welcome surprise.
With Fu*** weather, your forecast comes through in a stream of sarcasm, profanity, and dark humor. Loading screens, settings menus and dialogues all follow the theme. Maybe it’s not your thing, but if it is you can thank the folks at ZsuiwaL for brightening your day with a little darkness. And if you’re so inspired, you can even submit phrase recommendations to humor your fellow jaded weather haters.
Dark Sky has been around for a few years. The early versions of their app were all about providing down to the minute precipitation notifications and information in a very visual format. While this feature was cool when there was actually precipitation, it was pretty much worthless during dry times or in dryer places. Dark Sky still offers next hour precipitation alerts and other custom alerts for things like Do I need to bring an umbrella tomorrow, or sunscreen, or will it fall below freezing tonight, but they have built in a lot more functionality these days.
While still cleaner and more visually appealing than most, the latest version also includes features such as hour-by-hour forecasts for temp, precip, wind, humidity, and UV, a weekly forecast, option to add temperature to the status bar, receive a daily weather summary in notification format, slick animations, overall excellent graphic and interface design and absolutely beautiful radar, precip, and temp animated maps. You also have the option to submit conditions at your location to contribute to the accuracy of the data. A free 14 day trial of the premium version ($2.99/yr) gives you access to widgets, down to the minutes rain forecasts and custom alerts.
Straight-forward, at-a-glance weather info that you can add to your home screen. These widgets can also be used as shortcuts to their respective apps. Sound good? Check out a few of our favorites:
Dark Sky Clock and Weather Widget (premium only)
Bastion7 Weather Widget
Fu*** Weather Widget
Yahoo Hourly Weather Widget
Yahoo Weather Widget
Adding a Widget
If you’re new to the android OS, or have just never used widgets before, adding a widget to your home screen is easy, here’s how:
1. Open the Apps Menu by tapping on the “Apps” icon at the middle bottom of the screen
2. Swipe your finger across the screen to the left until you get to the widgets screens, usually three or four swipes depending on how many apps you have installed
3. Select a widget by touching and holding it
You can reposition a widget by touching and holding, dragging it to another home screen or if you don’t like it, just touch and hold on the widget and drag it to the red bar with the trash can icon that appears at the top of the screen. Most apps offer some options for the widget in the settings section of the app so feel free to play around and customize your widgets. That's what it's all about! Some widgets also allow you to resize them by touching and holding, if a white border and round white handles appear on the sides after touching and holding, touch and move these handles to resize the widget.
Resizing a Widget
Bastion7 Weather Live Wallpaper and Radar Livepaper
These live wallpapers offer seasonal landscapes with subtle, soothing animations, snow falling in the winter, leaves falling in the autumn, dandelion seeds floating in the summer breeze, but spring gets no love from these guys. Radar Livepaper lets you set a looping radar map as your live wallpaper, the ultimate live wallpaper for the most hardcore meteorologists.
Bastion7 Autumn Live Wallpaper
Bastion7 Winter Live Wallpaper
Bastion7 Summer Live Wallpaper
Setting a Live Wallpaper
Setting a live wallpaper is easy as 1 2 3:
1. Tap and hold on your home screen.
2. Tap “Live Wallpapers” from the menu
3. Tap on the source of the live wallpaper you would like to use, example: “Bastion7 Weather Live Wallpapers” or “Radar Livepaper”
Check out our previous post Fun with Live Wallpapers for more on the topic.
We hope this gives you a feel for all the awesome resources available to you through your Insane Audio products, and helps you to choose the right weather tools to help you plan your next adventure or just stay safe on the road and trail!
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