AccuWeather gets a slight UI revamp and more in latest Windows 10 app update
When it comes to accuracy in weather AccuWeather tends to get the nod as being the most reliable (also the creators of the very neat 'RealFeel' measurement).
The universal Windows Store app for AccuWeather just received a bump to 10.0.256.0 and with it some well-deserved improvements.
- Feature updates
- Design improvements
- Localization enhancements
- Bug fixes
- Performance enhancements
The biggest shift in the UI is a move away from the 'centered temperature in a circle' design to a slightly larger, left-aligned one with no border. It makes the app certainly fit more in line with the Windows 10 aesthetic, and it looks much better. The individual tile areas for Video, Current, MinuteCast, Hourly, etc. have also been left-aligned instead of centered as well.
Personally speaking, I felt iffy on the original revision to the Windows 10 AccuWeather app when it launched a few months ago, but now I have to say this newer layout is much more pleasing. It could still use some more flair, but it's getting there. One thing I like about the AccuWeather app is that it's very fast to launch and refresh (and the animated weather background is a nice touch too). Their Live Tile is also one of the best I have seen especially on mobile (easy to read at a glance).
While it's an optional $3.99 to remove the ads if you use the app regularly (it syncs across devices via your Microsoft Account, nice touch), it may be worth the investment. Either way, at least you now have the option to keep it cleaner looking. Interestingly, AccuWeather charges $1 more for the ad-free experience compared to Android. However, that difference is likely due to it removing ads on PC and Mobile, which is something not available to Android users.
Weather apps are a personal choice, but if you feel like trying something new maybe see if AccuWeather fits the bill.
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