Must have app Amazing Weather HD updated for Windows Phone 8
One of our favorite weather apps around here, Amazing Weather, just got bumped with some Windows Phone 8 support to version 4.0. Now appropriately titled Amazing Weather HD, the app weighs in at an impressive 80MB. Reason? It’s all of those fancy high-resolution animations.
Amazing Weather HD features what can be best described as subtle animated GIFs (though technically they are HD videos) in the background of the weathercast. For instance today we have a pile of leaves, some of which are twitching slightly in the wind. On other days you will have rain falling or light snow blowing—it’s some very pretty stuff. But if photo-realism isn’t your thing, the developer has also embraced two Metro UI themes in dark and light choices. That style is flat with just the “just the facts, ma’am” approach Windows Phone users are used to...
The Live Tiles also now come in three sizes: tiny, regular and doublewide, in addition to having their graphics up-scaled for the new higher resolution devices. Text and imagery are now much sharper looking with the updated Tiles.
Unfortunately for this release, developer EizSoft did not go for lock screen temperature, billboard forecast, or lock screen wallpaper. We’re sure that’s probably coming down the road but you won’t get those coveted WP8 features in this update.
Other than that, Amazing Weather HD has the usual gambit of options: location-based weather that always updates based on your GPS coordinates, multiple pre-defined locations, notifications for severe weather, animated weather maps (radar, satellite IR4, visibility), hourly weather and charts. Launch time of the app hedges right at 2 seconds from tap to viewable forecast, which is quite fast in our books.
While there are some other great forecast apps out there, Amazing Weather HD is easily our top. You can pick it up in two versions free and paid ($1.49). Currently only the paid one has the update though we expect ‘Lite’ to get it as well.
Amazing Weather HD will work on Windows Phone 7 and 8 devices. Highly recommended.
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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.
In my book this is not a must have app due to this exact reason
it might sound silly, but when you have watched 24h clock, like most of us are used to, it's weird to use any other.
In the meantime, it's a GREAT update. I've been previewing it for a few weeks now and love the speed on the 920.
Again thank you very much for your support, don't forget to review the App.
PS: The animations are HD videos not just GIFs !
Dude, I hope your speaking for yourself with this comment, because I find the small-size to be totally great!!! Most of my tiles are the small tiles. They are absolutely useful to me!!!!
If this is the only app that can do that, it is reason enough to select it over the competition in my mind.
I would like to see a version without the HD animations that has a smaller footprint. I don't need the fluff, just the functionality ;-).
This app has some exclusive features & work put into it....I gladly spent the extra 50c to do my part for the WP8 dev community
I know this is mentioned in other spots in this thread but I thought I would bump how to set it. I love this app. First paid app for me and worth every penny.