Dark Sky, since it was released, has been an exclusive iOS app, but finally, after 4 years, now it’s available for Android OS at the Play Store for free, but to use the full features like a 24-hour local forecast along many other things it’s just $2.99 a year.
The main feature that makes this weather app one of the best is its minute-by-minute weather reporting and notifications for precise locations that include the ability to see whether it’s raining in your area without depending on the zip codes or regions. This app is so precise that it could even notify when a storm is moving out of your area or when the rain is going to stop.
The Android version of the app use a few home screen widgets to make checking current or forecast conditions easy without opening the app, making it a better and accurate option when checking the weather on an Android smartphone.
Dark Sky features for Android
Navigation between the various app tabs with the options of “Today”, “Week”, “Map”, “Alerts”, and “Report” that has been transferred and mixed into a single bar at the bottom of the screen, rather than hiding it behind left-swiping and right-swiping just like on the iOS. Dark Sky makes use of Android’s back button and text font.
New home screen weather widgets help to show the current conditions, along with a seven-day forecast, and a chance of precipitation. And the app’s free … with a catch.
Dark Sky on iOS is priced for $3.99, the Android version of the app is available for free, but without featuring like the minute-by-minute forecasting or the daily weather summaries.
To have access to those features there is a $2.99 annual subscription, one for which Dark Sky’s offering a two-week free trial for anyone interested in this widget app.
Why charging for an app like this? Adam Grossman, the co-founder of Dark Sky explained that the team thinks that the app is more of a service than an app. The other option involved ads on the apps but it might be “less attractive” for customers and there’s a benefit for Dark Sky that Grossman described as the accelerated development in the form of “new and expanded” features.
Source: PC Magazine