New features added to the popular iOS and Android weather app

If you’re like me, you probably have several weather apps on your phone. Why do we do this? Well, we could write it off as a weird app obsession, or maybe deep down we hope that if we don’t like the local weather forecast, we’ll find a better one somewhere else. Or maybe it’s because my Pixel 6 Pro has 512GB of storage and I want to justify the extra expense.

The most popular free weather apps available for Android are The Weather Channel and AccuWeather. Both have generated over 100 million installs from the Play Store and include free radar and widgets.

The Weather Channel gets its weather information through a partnership with IBM. AccuWeather is a service used by many commodity traders who base their investments on fundamentals (as opposed to charting). Of course, this information does not matter whether you are trading currency futures or financial futures. But if you buy and sell corn or rice contracts, the weather for the next few months might be good to know.

9to5Google has spotted some changes to the AccuWeather app, which are now available for both iOS and Android users. First, in Android 13, AccuWeather supports a theme icon feature that changes the color of the icon to match the colors taken from the wallpaper. To enable this, go to settings > Wallpaper & style. Scroll down and enable theme icons.

By default on iOS and Android, the app now displays a horizontal graph that tracks the current temperature and the hourly forecast for the next four hours. You can see this by tapping the Hourly tab at the bottom of the screen. Make sure the button in the upper right corner of the screen is set to Graph. At the bottom of the screen you can see the current temperature, what it really feels like when wind chill and other factors are taken into account, and what it really feels like in the shade. Select List to see the hourly forecast in a list view.

AccuWeather has also added a “Watch Live” option to the app. Tap the three-line menu icon in the upper left corner of the screen. In the Video menu, you’ll see a list with a red pill-shaped icon with the word “LIVE” in white. Tap it and the stream will appear at the top of the screen.

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