Dark Sky, one of the most popular mobile weather reports on the market, is out today with a full update of the app, which has now been written back from scratch, says the company. The biggest change is the introduction of a new unified timeline that combines both the forecast forecasts Dark Sky is best known for and the forecast is all on one page. This makes it easier to view all critical weather information in a single view without having to flip to different pages.
The app's design has also been updated.
First, a simple line will show you the Forecast forecasts for the day ahead, with the rainfall to the right of the time blocks. With the new release, this graph has been replaced by an animated chart that instead has the precipitation percentage shown in a circle that flares out to the right of the line, with higher percentage points farther to the right than the lower. This allows you to better visualize the ebb and current of rainfall over the coming hours.
Combined with the map of the chart, you can get more of a sense of today's rain patterns ̵
The only nausea we have about the changes here is that today's tall and low temps are now given less prominently – they are in italics over the animated chart, making them easier to miss.
The same animated rainfall chart can be changed to show the temperature of the day, "feels like" the temperature and the wind (mph) in the same way by pressing these options at the bottom.
In addition, you can see these charts for any day of the week by scrolling down to the daily forecasts and pressing the day you want to display.
It's also a smart, if not always practical, "Time Machine" feature on the bottom that can show you the weather goes back decades. Just enter the date you want to see and press "jump." This can be more fun for real safer than for everyday use, but it is worth noting.
Another big fix and one requested by feedback from users was Dark Sky's lack of support for stored locations. It is now up to this new release, where you can manage places from the search screen.
Another nikk to weather nets is available from Search also – it will show you "interesting storms" from around the country in case "your weather happens to be too dry," the company says in its announcement. However, this can be useful if you check in on friends or family on your way to a big storm or hurricane.
Although there is no weather app, Dark Sky is able to report the weather on-site, which helps improve the app's hyperlocal forecasts. This means that the app may appear to be more accurate in places where there is more consumer adoption. If you live somewhere rainy, there's a good chance that a number of Dark Sky users are nearby because of the app's main focus on rainfall forecasts.
The updated app offers an enhanced set of notifications so you can turn things off like next-hour rainfall, daily summary, serious weather forecasts, umbrella reminder, sunscreen reminder or your own custom alerts, based on other conditions something for you – for example, UV index warnings, for example.
Iconfactory designed new hotterts for the updated app, which has also been completely rewritten to load faster, be more responsive and stable.
The company did not have to improve Dark Sky – the app was pretty good as it was and was almost always the No. 1 paid Weather app on the App Store as well as ranked in the Top 50 Overall. Today, however, it is ranked No. 1 in Weather, and has shot up to No. 4 in top paid charts, as a result of the update.
Current users can download the update for free. The app is a free download on Android (with purchases in apps), and a $ 3.99 paid app on iOS. It is available in the United States, UK and Ireland. The company also earns money through API licensing, used by organizations like Yelp, CityMap, Microsoft, Runkeeper, DuckDuckGo and others. Since the API is updated with more functionality, they come to the app in the form of new features, we are told.