Prognoza, an attractive and simple Windows Phone 8 weather app
Prognoza is an attractive Windows Phone 8 weather app that delivers the basic forecast information to your phone. The app recently won the Windows Phone Challenge in Bosnia/Herzegovina this year and while we have plenty of weather apps in the Windows Phone Store, Prognoza does have a certain level of eye-appeal.
If you're looking for a basic weather app for your Windows Phone, Prognoza is worth a look.
Prognoza generates forecast information based on your Windows Phone location. You can override this by entering a specific city you need the forecast information from. The main pages for Prognoza include:
- Now page that outlines your current weather information that includes temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, wind and sunrise/sunset times.
- Hourly page that will break down your forecast in three-hour increments.
- Daily page that includes a general forecast for the next seven days.
At the bottom of the page, up under the three-dot menu, you will find three control buttons that will establish your forecast based on your current location, refresh the forecast pages and allow you to enter in a specific location for your weather information.
You will also find links to Prognoza's settings and information pages. Settings are rather healthy with Prognoza and include:
- Design: These options cover how you want Prognoza presented and include themes, icon options, units of temperature and whether or not you want to hide the application bar.
- Live Tile: Here is where you can choose how you would like your Live Tile to be presented.
- Lockscreen: Prognoza includes support to display your weather forecast and background image on your Windows Phone Lockscreen.
- Notifications: Prognoza also includes Toast Notification support to alert you on a wide range of weather conditions including storms, fog, snow, and rain.
- Other: This settings page contains options to turn on or off your Location Services, Background Agent, Developer Notes and Background Task Notifications.
The two themes included with Prognoza includes a Real Theme that will present a background image representative of the current weather conditions or a Modern Theme that has a Modern UI feel about it. Icon options include an alternative (realistic) icon or you can go with the Modern UI styled icons.
Prognoza's Live Tile will display the current conditions on the front and a four-day forecast is on the backside. Live Tiles for Prognoza can be transparent.
Prognoza is a nice looking weather app for Windows Phone 8. The Real Theme background images are nice and while opting for the Modern Theme will remove a lot of the app's vibrance, it's not too shabby either.
While Prognoza lacks weather radar it does a nice job as is. There is room for improvement though. I would have liked to have seen multiple city support in some shape, form or fashion. While you can enter a specific location to be forecasted, once you return to using location services for your forecast Prognoza forgets that city. In the least, you should have a "My Locations" page to make it easier to bounce between locations.
I did find a few stability issues in using Prognoza. It was nothing that will cause you to run screaming from the room but noticeable. There were times forecasts refused to load or the app crashed.
While Prognoza could stand for a little fine-tuning and may not have all the bells and whistles other weather apps have, it is an attractive weather app for Windows Phone 8. And before we begin to see "not another weather app" type comments, we agree that there are plenty of weather apps in the Windows Phone Store. Plenty of quality weather apps that are brought to our attention that we think are worth sharing. Plus, having a choice is not always a bad thing.
Prognoza is a free app that is available for Windows Phone 8 devices. The developer does note that with low-memory devices not all of the features are available such as the back Live Tile.You can find Prognoza here in the Windows Phone Store.
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P.s. Dont blame MS too, its these kind of limits which make the OS non-laggy and non-hanging like lagdroid.
A) can you instead make it keep just 2 images instead of 4 for low memory devices on the live tile, then do a check whether the lock screen is enabled or not, and if it is not enabled, then you can allow a back tile ? I'm asking as i use advanced weather hd and it displays and updates the live tile nicely with a back tile. I dont use lock screen by weather apps. Please can you try this ? (maybe keep it optional)
B) the headers, now, hourly, daily, they don't get highlighted properly, sometimes I'm in daily and instead, hourly is highlighted and so on.
C) can you provide a better weather source which gives hourly instead of 3-hourly forecast ?
D) can you provide 'last updated' info on the tile (optional) like advanced weather does ? I really have to have this thing as i dont have a proper internet.
E) not a big deal, but can you put a more colourful/flowing colour kind of splash screen ?
Thanks in advance, please reply whether these are possible or not.
I didn't ask you to constraint lock screen, i asked you to do a check when the live tile is set, so that if lock screen is disabled, then back tile should be enabled. But anyway, you may be right about azure, and i dont blame you, you seem to have struggled a lot with this issue, i understand you've put in a lot of work :) so it's okay :) I'll give it a shot then ! ;) (thanks for being here and interacting)
And sorry, i hadn't noticed the last updated info, yes it is there. I dont need to know the server updating time, so leave it :)
If you could try a fix for headers, that would be great ! :)
Lastly, great work ! :) hope to see more apps from you soon ! :) good luck :)
P.s. Please read my next comment too, and answer it please !
One last list of things:
A) i noticed that the temperature shown is 28 degrees here in Punjab, India in my city, which is big enough. But the max and min temperature shown is ALSO 28 degrees !! Fix it please !
B) the time, please write a few line of code to adjust the times zone for the sunrise and sunset. Its not much, just a few lines of code. You can ask the user to provide his timezone on first launch.
C) fix the headers please, somehow. I know you're doing your best, but still try to fix them soon, they're very annoying.
Other than that, BEAUTIFUL app ! :)
And please allow whole day max and min please !
And last, the live tile, there's a lot of space to the right of 'prognoza', can you display the daily max and min temperature there ? Maybe make the prognoza font a little smaller and display the daily max and min there ? It would remove the need of a back tile for me. I just needed backtile for daily max and min temperature.
But this bug has nothing to do with the abilityof deleting or installing the app, you should be able to uninstall it and install also. The last update has just an minor bug fix for sunrise/sunset times.
Pozdrav :). Just replying in the devs' native language ;).
Great app though, will love using it :).
You can contact me for more feedback..thanks for the app..
I hope I'd get such an 'honour' too when i start developing apps in a while hopefully.
Like the devs of the facebook app they can not change what's on your feed. And users can not blame facebook if some of our friends post thing that we dont like... The same is with weather apps, we display just the data we get. We are not the source.
Downloaded it the other day after getting tired of the non-transparent Bing weather tile. Super simple layout with all important info shown and a really cool weather prediction engine, check it out!
Prognoza is a really nice app, especially considering it's for free, but would love it more if they got rid of the huge "prognoza" text within the app. Takes upp valuable space, and if they insist on branding their own app, they could go about it in a more subtle way, IMHO.