The Windows Phone Store is packed with weather apps and Amazing Weather HD can easily be considered among the best of what is available. As the Store descriptions suggests, Amazing Weather HD is where beauty meets brains with its eye-catching graphics and extended forecast information.
Amazing Weather HD launches this month's HERO Apps program, which is a promotional campaign for Windows Phone and Windows developers on the AdDuplex Network. The program partners AdDuplex with myAppFree, AppDeals, PluralSight and Windows Central to deliver a host of benefits to the top apps and games each month. Our role in the HERO App campaign is to offer a little exposure to these titles by sharing them with you, our readers, and today we shine the spotlight on Amazing Weather HD.
In a nutshell, Amazing Weather HD is one of the best-looking weather apps available in the Windows Phone Store. The main page highlights your current conditions, a five-day forecast and a breakdown of the weather over the next few hours. The weather information overlays an eye-catching, animated HD wallpaper that illustrates your current conditions.
While Amazing Weather HD makes a nice first impression with its appearance, there's more to the Windows Phone app. Additional key features for Amazing Weather HD include:
- Weather Alerts
- Weather maps that include radar, satellite ir4 and satellite visible
- Live Tile support for nine forecast locations
- Lockscreen support
- Hourly forecasts
- Ten-day extended forecast
- Three app themes that include Dark, Light and Animated
Forecast information can be set to your Windows Phone location services or set to a particular city.
While the feature set is somewhat common amongst your top-tier weather apps, what helps Amazing Weather HD set itself apart from similar apps is the Live Tile and Lockscreen support. Amazing Weather HD has seven Lockscreen layout designs to choose from. Amazing Weather HD's Lockscreen can be set to a specific location or set to your Windows Phone location services and you have your choice of using one of Amazing Weather HD's images or your own as the Lockscreen wallpaper.
If my count is correct, Amazing Weather HD's Live Tile support offers your nineteen different layout designs. Live Tile support covers all three tile sizes, has the option for transparent tiles and almost as many designs for the back of the tile. The app will support up to nine Live Tiles pinned to your Windows Phone Start Screen.
While one may also argue that a Windows 10 PC version is needed, the only nit I have with Amazing Weather HD is that it lacks animated weather maps. It's not a deal-breaker, but it would likely complete what is otherwise a masterpiece of a Windows Phone weather app. We've seen the app grow over the years to add new features and maybe one day we will see animated maps.
Overall, Amazing Weather HD is a solid weather app and a Windows Central Staff favorite. If you are searching for a weather app for your Windows Phone, Amazing Weather HD should be on your short list. There is a trial version available that has ad-support and the full version is running $1.99.
AdDuplex HERO Promotion
AdDuplex is a fantastic resource for the cross-promotion of Windows Phone and Windows apps. AdDuplex has launched a new program designed to help developers promote their apps even further with free access to various tools and resources from AdDuplex.
- Vouchers to advertise on AdDuplex
- One month subscription to Pluralsight Plus
- A featured campaign with myAppFree
- A featured campaign with AppDeals
- A review here on Windows Central
If you are a Windows or Windows Phone developer, you can sign up for the HERO Apps program here at AdDuplex's website. To participate in the program, you will need to apply within thirty days after your app or game has launched on the AdDuplex network.
Windows Central is already partnered with the myAppFree campaign and is proud to be partnering up with AdDuplex with the HERO Apps program. It is another excellent opportunity to help promote both the Windows Phone and Windows platform.
Keep in mind that the HERO Apps are different than what you find with the myAppFree deals. The HERO Apps are free, ad-supported titles that often have the option to remove the ad-support via in-app purchases. The myAppFree deal delivers a paid app or game at a discounted price or for free.