If you’re a fan of AccuWeather’s app for Windows Phone, you’ll want to grab the latest version, which has just gone live in the Store.
What’s new? We have the full details of the latest update to grace Windows Phone this month.
First launching way back in July 2011, AccuWeather has been a go-to forecast app for many Windows Phone users. The big selling point of the app, which is actually free, is the unique UI and the patented ReelFeel temperature. That last feature takes into account other factors besides straight temps, like humidity and wind speed, to give a more accurate report of how it actually feels outside.
The last time the app was updated was back in June but the big push was for Windows Phone 8 in January. Today’s version bump keeps the look of the app the same, but there’s a lot of under-the-hood improvements. Here’s what new, right from the developers.
AccuWeather version 2.4
- Complete rebuild of the app on top of new AccuWeather API’s
- Inclusion of official Chinese Weather Data for 3000 Chinese Locations with attribution to Huafeng Weather Channel
- Integration of new Radar data sets for Canada, Japan and Europe
- Addition of the AccuWeather Local Forecast Summary text (5 day outlook) to the daily forecast list view
- New Location Search functionality with Auto-Complete (location names appear in list format as you begin typing and are refined until you see the location you desire)
- App now allows addition of unlimited locations (previous limit was 7)
- Simplified Chinese
- Traditional Chinese
- Portuguese (Brazil)
That’s a lot of language localization done for the popular weather service and it should extend its reach into consumer’s hands. AccuWeather previously only supported English, Italian, French, German and Spanish.
In terms of performance, AccuWeather has always been a top performer, but we have to take note on how it flies on our Lumia 1520 now. Whether it’s loading of the forecast or jumping to the detailed radar, the app hums along nicely.
What else do you get with AccuWeather? Lockscreen support was previously added with background images, location, temps and wind. You also have severe weather alerts, radar with maps, multiple location support, multiple Live Tiles and more.
The app is free with ads and it’s certainly worth checking out if you are getting bored with your current weather app. On its own, it’s stand out as a top weather app for Windows Phone 7.x and 8 users.
Pick up AccuWeather version 2.4 here in the Store or scan the QR code below.
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