Dark Sky Update Brings Significant User Interface Update

The popular weather app Dark Sky has a new update rolling out that brings a much needed User Interface update along with a handful of new features.  The update is version 2.0 of the app and if you already have the app installed, you should have the update already or very soon.

The bulk of the changes in this update to Dark Sky are around the apps interfaces.  For example, there is no a unified forecast tab with the next 24 hour and week forecast.  You can also save up to six locations in the app to swipe between so they are always available to you.

The biggest new feature is Time Machine.  This feature allows you to look at the weather of a previous day so you can get an idea of what the weather will be like in the future.  It can be handy if you are looking for trends for a place you are visiting and the feature allows you to go several years back to see what the weather was like on a particular day.

Dark Sky v2 User Experience
Dark Sky v2 User Experience

As you would expect, there are also a lot of performance improvements in this update along with all the UI changes.  Here is the complete change log:

– Unified Forecast tab with next 24-hour and week forecasts
– Save up to six locations; swipe left or right to switch between
– Historical forecasts with Time Machine
– Additional current conditions; tap the current temperature to see more details
– Expanded timeline option; long press on any timeline hour to toggle between 12 and 24 rows
– Landscape support
– Refresh button on widgets
– Support for notification channels & app shortcuts
– Background service improvements
– Bug fixes

The app itself is free in the Play Store and there is an in-app purchase of $2.99 per year for the Premium version that gives you things like notifications and persistent notifications of the weather.  Given the quality and the information in the app, it is well worth that $2.99 in my opinion.

Dark Sky Persistent Notification
Dark Sky Persistent Notification (Premium feature)

To check out the app, head over to the Play Store.

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