Stunning Weather Flow gets updated for Win Phone 8 and brings lockscreen goodness
Oh we’re in it now. Some of our long time favorite apps are now getting bumped for Windows Phone 8 and we’re really excited about it. Weather Flow, made by Gergely Orosz (who’s also behind such the amazing Cocktail Flow and AppFlow) just hit the version 1.3 marker and it’s primed for the new OS.
The new update, weighing in at a sprightly 9MB, has newly updated graphics, fixed Live Tiles, lockscreen wallpaper and a few other goodies on board. Check our video hands on and see what we think.
The biggest feature we think and for which many of you have been asking is dynamic lockscreen wallpaper. It’s here and it’s done very well. Once enabled, the lockscreen will immediately update with the image of the current conditions. In addition, your location, current temperature, percent chance of rain and even last update are displayed.
We have to give credit here to Gergely as the layout from a usability standpoint is perfect. By that we man your eyes instinctively know where to look for the pertinent information (HTC’s solution, while nice, in our view buries the info too much near the Time/date).
But wait, there’s more! (Channeling our inner Billy Mays). You actually have not one but three options for the lockscreen wallpaper. You can have current conditions, hourly or the weekly forecast displayed—whichever you prefer.
Likewise for the new Live Tiles, which come in the non-distracting Metro look or the more HD “photo realistic” design. With version 1.3 you now get the double wide Tile (though it doesn’t flip), medium and small tiles. Any of those can be selected to show current forecast, hourly or weekly.
That’s a pretty awesome choice because you can mix and match things, should you choose to fully embrace the full weather experience. For instance, on our lockscreen we’re showing current conditions but on our doublewide tile, we opted for the weekly forecast. Result? We instantly know the weather conditions now without even unlocking the device and we know the week’s forecast without even launching the app. How’s that for efficiency?
Anyway, watch our hands on video and if you’re enthralled with the prospect of Weather Flow version 1.3, you can go and download it here in the Store. It fetches for $1.99 with a free trial. Thanks, Chris and Kyle, for the tip!
Windows Phone 8 devices only!
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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.
Too bad they didn't add fast resume, and that the double-wide tile doesn't flip, though...
And since this app has a lot of customization, it'd have been great to add the ability to set the double tile to flip, so that it could show, for ex., the hourly forecast in the front, and the daily forecast in the back :)
THAT would definitely be awesome! :D
I'm still not entirely sure why MS didn't just make this the default behavior.
I'll stick with Amazing Weather for now though, I likes the movements on mah homescreens (double wide) :) Bring on the lockscreen though, AW dev!
gonna have to hold out on this. But this is exactly what I would love
the forecast seem to be way off compared to weatherbug and weather channel.
But the lock screen and the tile options are great with this, i may buy this after trying it out.
1 - The weather information (text) on the lockscreen are not in HD; I can tell cause they aren't sharp.
2- The double wide tile for the 5 day forcast with the rich theme shows "Monday" for all 5 days.
I'm using the trial right now but I'll buy it the moment those 2 problems are fixed.
5 day forcast on wide tile shows all days for me.
The app has always been one of the more useless and slowest weather apps in the marketplace. But Gergely knows design...all his apps have stunning visuals and they are second bar none in aesthetics. I really appreciate how much time they put into making an app breath-taking. But the app has no features whatsoever in regard to weather, switching between cities is a real pain and its the slowest weather app on my L920.
Its installed and has 3 days to prove itself...........
Any idea if they are accessible from somewhere or if the RGB values can be found someplace so I can create my own?
I dont know why developers always go that route. Wunderground data must just be easily accessable and to implement. Developers probably think it is better to use your location and have the closest site to you for your weather.
Another gripe I have is the forecasts change wildly all to often. I do not use Wunderground for forecasts, but maybe they are getting those from there as well. The forecasts are almost always complete garbage as well.
In reality it is not that warm at all. From a reliable weather station on the campus of a univeristy nearby, it is 56 degrees. And from the airport 5 miles away, it is 54. So Weather Flow which used WU data is off by 8-10 degrees. It would be good if this was rare, but is it not. It is common place. Especially on sunny days in the afternoon.
The Wunderground homemade stations are just not ventilated well enough and get too hot during the day.
And it is shame they use that data. Most people dont really pay attention to temperature and what it should be and how it feels to your skin. But I do and this app is garbage (I am an atmospheric scientist for the US Government).
Animated weather radar with history in 5 minute increments and projections into the next couple of hours is a crucial function that all of these apps seem to be forgetting. Well, all except Weather Channel, but the rest of that app stinks. I live in north Texas, which has more tornados then almost anyplace in the country. With that in mind, any weather app I use will have to provide this feature.
Living in north Texas, in the heart of tornado country, this is a must for me in any app I am going to use, or recommend to others.