AccuWeather has become one of the best choices for a weather app on Android devices following the death of Dark Sky at Apple ‘s hands. Today, AccuWeather released a new beta update that debuts the Wear OS app and improves the app on your phone, too.
Let’s start with the new in-app. AccuWeather has added a new tropical storm / hurricane tracker to your phone.
You can now see on the “Radar” tab the projected path of a storm, expected rain, wind, and storm surge, as well as a danger to life and property. As seen in the GIF below, the same section of the app allows for easy access to each of the different layers. Right now, however, there are no storms going on so it’s not completely obvious what the UI would look like.
If you live in an area frequented by tropical storms or hurricanes, this will be a handy offering beyond traditional radar, particularly with the looks of the 2020 season.
In addition, AccuWeather has made its debut on Google’s Wear OS. The app is very basic, but it incorporates the “MinuteCast” feature of AccuWeather in a very important way. That allows users to see when in their immediate area they can expect precipitation. However, given MinuteCast ‘s look on Wear OS, I ‘d love to see AccuWeather turn it into a full-on watchface too.
AccuWeather is available on the Google Play Store, but the beta program requires you to be in. Pretty bad news? The beta is now full. But, you can still sideload.