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.
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).
- Forums Discussion - Weathr 2 Beta Testing [WP8.1 Only]
- Weathr - Windows Phone 8 - Trial / $1.99 - Store Link