NRG MiniWeather for WM Standard: Pretty Awesome

Though HTC were kind enough to add a Weather sliding panel (aka CHome) to some of their latest Snap devices, it does lack a little in detail.  Specifically, you don't actually get a forecast but instead of just an icon + temp.  Not bad, but we want more!

Filling in this gap are a number of "freeware" options by some of the kind folks at XDA, however I've only found one that works with this latest build of WM6.1 Standard--NRG MiniWeather v1.3, designed by XDA member NRGZ28.

Read on for a quick overview of this great app!

The app is easy enough to install:  a simple .cab + a soft reset and you're ready to configure.  Simply launch Settings --> Home Screen to select one of three included setups: MiniWeather Media, TopBar and just MiniWeather.  The media version adds the photos and WMP slides while the TopBar blacks out the top row of icons (seen in the above shot) to give a more clean look.

The third panel down is the forecast which is 10 panels deep for a full week of weather.  Just scroll right to see the forecast for each day.  Very sharp.

You also notice here your right key gets you into Options to config your zip code, auto-update options, fonts (I needed to use the LCD font), F or C units, etc. It is all straightforward and much simpler than the full version of the app (NRG ChomeWeather 3.1) which I couldn't get to work on my Snap properly.

Finally, another cool benefit is NRG's Home Screens make all the panels a bit smaller allowing you to squeeze on 4 panels when docked on the Time/Weather portion (see 1st screen grab above).  For you advanced users, CHome Editor  works just fine, allowing you to re-order or add/remove panels to fit your style.

All in all this is a really cool app as having the current forecast right up there with the time is more efficient and it is more informative than HTC's noble attempt.  The auto-updates work smoothly, battery drain is negligible and it just plain works.

Get NRG MiniWeather v1.3 here (for HTC Snap, etc; earlier WM6.1 devices should be able to use MiniWeather 1.2, found here)

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

  • Looks good. I am using the SPB Shell 3.0 built in weather feature, but if I end up dumping that this will give a great solution.
  • Yep - NRG Weather is great. It really makes the Sliding Panel home screen layout look slick. I have this running on my A4500 (Q9Napoleon). The other app I use to customize my panels is CHome Configurator.
  • Been using this for a while now on my Dash along with NRG's Rose ROM. Great combination.
  • I've tried it several times with my BJII, it's seemed to always run a little quirky and really slows down my phone. Running WM6.1. But hey, developed and given away for free, it's a cool piece of software and looks slick.
  • I am going to try it on my BJII. Most of the cool tools available at XDA-Developers are for WinMo Professional. Nice to find one that works on Standard. Ravi.
  • So thats what NRG has been up to... i've been refreshing the server for his ENERGY Magic rom for the Fuze/Raphael like crazy waiting for a new release! This guy is a machine!
    You should put a link to his "tipjar" so he can get further support! Where would we all be without Xda-Devs?!?!
  • Thinking of buying iphones and G1s
  • Had all kinds of problems on LG Incite. Would not run. Would not uninstall. After uninstall, had to install another app to clear out notification queue to get rid of error messages. Might work ok on some phones, but not mine.