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Big Windows Phone 8.1 update coming to Weathr, join the beta today

Weathr 2 Beta

The Windows Phone Central Forums is a great place to visit when you're in the mood to chat it up about Windows Phone. One area of the forums that is always full of surprises is the Developers Beta Testing forums. You can get a sneak peek at what apps and games are in the works or sign up to beta test these Windows Phone titles.

One app caught our attention the other day and while it's yet another Windows Phone weather app, Weathr is being re-written to take advantage of new Windows Phone 8.1 features. There is a current version of Weathr available in the Windows Phone Store but the developer wants to put the new version through the ringer and needs beta testers to help identify bugs, glitches and areas of improvement.

Weathr 2 Beta

The main pages for Weathr cover your current conditions, an hourly forecast, a maps page, a five-day forecast page and a weather alerts page. The app supports forecasts for your current location as well as a host of worldwide cities. Additional features for Weathr include:

  • Beautiful local images from Flickr based on your current weather
  • Support for all three sizes of live tiles, either transparent or with local images from Flickr
  • Support for detailed status on lockscreen, so you can easily check the forecast without unlocking your phone
  • Full screen radar and satellite maps
  • Adjustable background update times, from 15 minutes to 12 hours

Weathr taps into both Weather Underground and Forecast.IO for its forecast information.

In just tinkering with the beta version of Weathr for a short period of time, it has a good bit of appeal and should be able to hold its own against the top Windows Phone weather apps.

If you're interested in signing up to be a Weathr beta tester, head over to the WPCentral Forums discussion linked below for all the details. Just keep in mind you need to be running Windows Phone 8.1. The current version of Weathr is available for Windows Phone 8 devices for $1.99 with a trial version available (512MB devices supported).

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Big Windows Phone 8.1 update coming to Weathr, join the beta today

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Effective title in getting us to click but the content disappointed. Hmmm, we all know what happened to the kid who cried wolf too many times :)

Halfway while reading the headline, I almost thought a windows phone 8.1 system update was on its way. Damn.

Can someone tell the author that starting an article with 'Big Windows 8.1 update,' should only be written WHEN the WP8.1 UPDATE is actually ready for the device, not yet another weather app on a platform awash with weather apps!

Yeah, the toast notification got me so excited, I thought an update to wp8.1 dev preview or something about update 1. Totally misleading headline

Exactly good point! Although I used Vieather after reading about it in the comments section of yet another weather article.

Well...I read the whole title of the post and knew what it was about..lol

This beta is awesome and the developer is working hard on it.Right now though,it's fully functional and works great for me..and am looking forward to what he is adding to it soon

Too many weather apps on this platform lets have some diversity please... Non of our apps look like Accuweather Platinum on Android, which is £2.99 in the UK, but beautiful... #AndroidEnvy

Oh I have. The same with jawbone. Sometimes it takes the presence of a third party app to show just how much interest there is on a platform for a product.

Well, the beta is done. The realease of the 2.0 is out. So we have to pay for it now. I support developers and apps and I pay for them, but It's feel awkward after helping with the beta.