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EDIT: I gave AccuWeather a fair chance, but I have to downgrade the widget because it doesn't automatically refresh. I'm baffled by that. Who wouldn't want the weather info on a home screen to be reasonably current? Who would instead want to be forced to manually refresh it by tapping a very small area of the widget?
There are, by my count, 1.3 bazillion weather apps for Android. I've been using 1Weather because it seems to work well and I really like the widget. However, my wife uses Weather Underground (which, ironically, I recommended) and we sometimes get different temperature reports. So, I decided to look at the top apps again.
Searching Google for "most accurate android weather apps" yielded no site that spoke to accuracy. I guess that's to be expected. Who watches the watchmen?
What matters to me is:
- A good widget, showing lots of info in a 4x1 grid.
- A good app, easy to comprehend.
- Limited advertising (and I might buy it).
Below is a matrix of what I found. It's opinionated, and brief, but might help someone other than me. I've switched to AccuWeather because of a couple of sweet features. But...1Weather still has the best widget.
|App||Price||Widget 1-5||Usage 1-5||Sum||Rank||Comments|
|1Weather||F/$2||5||5||10||1||All around really good.|
|Weather Underground||F/$2||4||5||9||2||Widget not resizable (in Now launcher).|
|Today Weather||F/$4||3||5||8||3||Beautiful app, but no widget I like. Best settings. I really wanted this to be #1|
|AccuWeather||F/$4||2||5||7||4||Widget doesn't auto-refresh. That's a deal-breaker. MinuteCast is great! Prepare Your Day sweet|
|Dark Sky||F/$3y||n/a||4||4||5||Widgets only w/subscription. Time Machine sweet.|
|Weather forecast SP||F/$4||2||4||6||6||Pretty. Note both WF apps are effectively the same.|
|Weather forecast GA||F/$4||2||4||6||7||No 4x1 widget. Pretty app.|
|The Weather Channel||F||2||3||5||8||Lots of info. No remove ads. Limited settings.|
|WeatherBug||F/$10||1||2||3||9||Yuck. Ugly, separate download for good widgets, paid version is expensive|