BBC News Mobile and WeatherLive get updates with UI changes

Nothing like a few solid updates for some of our favorite apps on Windows Phone. First up is BBC News Mobile. We mentioned a few weeks ago they had a new beta version in the works and now that update has gone live. Changes include mostly how the app looks and speed:

  • Background Cache Service
  • Better Live Tiles
  • Faster Loading
  • Reworked GUI
  • Picture quality improvement

Definitely some nice improvements though some bugs did get into v2.9 so expect a fix-update soon to address those. You can read about those issues here. Pick up BBC News Mobile v2.9 here in the Marketplace for free.

WeatherLive has also been bumped to 3.5 with a big change to UI and information layout. It still has all the same information, including hourly, trends, moon phases, radar, maps and web cams, but you may have missed them in earlier versions due to being buried within the menu system.

Now, you can just swipe left-right and go to each section individually, resulting in a much more fluid interface. It is certainly more Metro with this panoramic view though it does veer a little from some Metro standards (font size). Still, we like the change. Grab WeatherLive here for $1.49 or free trial.

QR codes for both after the jump...

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • my live tile doesn't seem to update every hr....anyone else have that issue?
  • If you are talking about WeatherLive, I am definitely having the issue. It worked for me one time, for about an hour. I'd sure like to know what the secret handshake is to getting the blasted thing to work! (I paid for the app just to get Live Tile functionality, so feeling a bit cheated.)
  • For me, it seems to have to do with changing locations. It doesn't follow me around like it is supposed to (yes, I checked the settings). If I open the app when I get to work it updates the location and the live tile works. If I forget to open the app then it doesn't. Same thing when I get home.
  • I was able to fix the live tile update for WeatherLive. It's now updating hourly. I guess the first configuration city on your list is the only one that updates.  So, if you have a "config this location" entry at the top of your list, you'll need to be sure that is edited to  be your home location. 
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