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“Ah, widgets. I’ve mentioned them time and time again – you’re probably bored of hearing it – but I love Android’s widgets. They provide you with all sorts of real-time information right on your home screen. You can view live sports scores, breaking news stories, your website’s statistics, the weather forecast, your email inbox, and lots more without opening a single app. And with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, you can add widgets to your lock screen, so you get all of this information without even unlocking your device.
I know widgets aren’t perfect; some are ugly, some consume too much data, and some will drain your battery life. But once you start using them and you begin to rely on them, you wonder why other smartphones don’t have them. When I use my iPhone now, it annoys me that I have to find and open an app for basic information – such as the weather forecast” (Killian Bell, How I Fell Out of Love With My iPhone and Fell In Love With The Nexus 4).
In part 1 on Killian Bell’s appreciation of Android (called “The Things I Love, Pt. 1), I stated that Bell liked Android 4.2 and the ability to move around icons and allow pictures on your desktop to be displayed without icons covering up the photo. This article will deal with Killian Bell’s appreciation of widgets, a feature that Bell says most users cannot live without.
Widgets provide you with necessary information without opening one app. With iOS, you have to open the weather application to find out the weather for the day. With Android weather widgets, you can view the weather right from your lock screen as well as your main screen after unlocking the device by swiping from left to right.
If you want to check your email in iOS, you have to download a Gmail app for Google mail. Once you log into your email account, you can then access your email. On the other hand, Android users can access their email by adding a Gmail widget to their main pages on the Android smartphone. The email widget allows you to check your email simply by tapping on the Gmail icon. Unlike the iOS app, you do not need to log in to access your email with an Android email widget.
Widgets make the smartphone experience easier and more accessible than smartphones that lack widgets. One thing that Android 4.2 does (which I believe Killian Bell likes most) is the lock screen widgets that you can add to your Android lock screen. While the weather and information lock tickers are lock screen features that you can access in Android 4.1, Android 4.2 takes even greater advantage of the lock screen than in previous updates. If Google has its say, Android 4.2.2 may come with a new “Google Now” widget that you can access before you swipe to unlock your smartphone. While iOS’s voice command (Siri) can tell you sports scores, there is no other way to find out unless you download a free sports app and view it from your iPhone desktop.
It is a different experience with the two phones: one has an open OS (Android) and gives admin privileges to its users, while the other OS (iOS) is closed and extremely controlled – almost to the point where it starts to sound silly, as Killian Bell mentions in his article:
“Android has folders, too, but they’re not limited to just 12 apps. I’ve never understood why this is the case on iOS; having to make numerous folders because you have more than 12 games installed is just silly” (How I Fell Out Of Love With My iPhone 5 And Fell In Love With The Nexus 4).
In iOS folders, you can only have 12 apps; in Android folders, however, you can have more than twelve. At the moment, I have a game folder on my Galaxy S3 that has 14 games included. And, I still have room to add at least another two games on the current folder row (which makes the folder capable of holding at least 16 games). I’m sure there are other Android users who have more games than me; you may even have more games in one folder than I).
If you are an individual who wants to try an experience worth having, it doesn’t get any better than Android widgets. I doubt after you try them that you will be able to return to iOS the same user you were before.
Developer: Pantelis Zirinis
Price: free Download
In a move to make an app that provides kite-surfers with weather forecast, Paz Labs introduces KiteSurf PRO, its breakthrough new app for iPhone that takes weather forecast to the next level, by providing personalized advice on how to get the best weather conditions.
“Where to go kiting on Monday at 11:00 am?”, “Can I use my 7 meter kite?” are one of the most typical kitesurfer’s question. Conventional weather forecast applications cannot answer them, KiteSurf PRO was made for them.
Using traditional generic weather forecast applications that only provide you the wind speed and direction of a spot, kitesurfer had to make calculations, on what kite size to use, at what time and locate the best spot. KiteSurf PRO does all these calculations and gives advice on the best time to go kiting.
Using the premium upgrade (in-app purchase $1.99 USD) it gives advice on the best spot to go kitesurfing for the time provided. It compares weather forecast for multiple spots and creates a list with the best spots. The information provided is personalized for the user preferences.
KiteSurf PRO 2.0.1 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Weather category. This app is available worldwide in the English language. An iPad version is under-construction and other languages will be introduced soon. Review Promo Codes for free premium upgrade are available upon request.
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“KiteSurf Pro with weather forecast available on the Apple App Store” originally appeared on AppCraver.com.
Widgets are one of the easy ways to take a boring homescreen and turn it into something tasteful and useful to look at. A new widget that has been taking control of my homescreens is Zooper Widget. It allows me to add tons of info right on my screen like a weather forecast, battery stats, calendar, [...]
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Developer: Emir Fithri Bin Samsuddin
Price: $0.99 Download
Independent app developer, emirBytes is pleased to announce today that Clock Stand for iPad is available to download in the Apple’s App Store. The app is created specifically for the iPad platform, utilizing the touch interface. Clock Stand for iPad was created with simplicity in mind, but with many features that are very useful as a sleep companion and as your work desk companion.
The app features a very useful two-mode operation – Awake and Sleep mode – which can be switched by using the Apple’s famous “Slide to…” control. Among the useful features of the app is the automated Weather Forecast (which auto-detects your location and requests the forecast for a place near you). The latest version brings a new weather forecast service since the previous weather service by Google was shutdown by Google sometime in August.
Finish reading “Clock Stand for iPad – A Unique Desk and Sleep Companion” and see screenshots for the app on AppCraver.com.
Developer: Martin Dodd
Price: $1.99 Download
Egg Moon Studio today is happy to announce that their first mobile app, Scope Nights, is now available exclusively for iPhone and iPod touch. Most weather apps don’t focus on night time conditions, and so Scope Nights was developed to provide a quick & easy night time weather forecast for telescope and binocular owners. Accurate weather data is gathered direct from national weather sources and weather conditions essential to stargazing are analysed and rated to show which nights will have the best stargazing conditions.
“As an amateur astronomer myself I’m extremely pleased with this initial release of Scope Nights; I’m sure stargazers will find it an indispensable tool and a welcome relief from sieving through conventional weather apps for clear skies. It’s designed to be quick and easy to use whether at home or at an observing site, and more features will be added in future updates, so it’s going to get even better.” said Martin Dodd, founder of Egg Moon Studios.
Finish reading “Scope Nights: The First 5-Night Stargazing Weather Forecast for iPhone” and see screenshots for the app on AppCraver.com.
Google has gone and pushed out a pretty nice looking, 'interactive weather visualization' for weather searches on tablets. Bearing more than a passing resemblance to the new Google Now service introduced with Jelly Bean, searching for weather in a particular location in Google on your tablet, now brings up what we see here. It was rolled out to smartphone searches a few weeks ago, so it seems only right that tablets aren't left out.
You'll get to see a pretty detailed snapshot of current, and upcoming weather information for your area. There's an hourly forecast to scroll through, equally there's also a ten-day forecast too. And, it looks pretty darn good. After all, who ever said that looking at the weather forecast had to be dull?
It works — as you would expect — on Chrome, but we've also verified that it works too on the stock Android browser. Go ahead, give it a try in your browser of choice.
And, for a little pro tip, why not add a weather search for your home, work, whichever chosen location, to your bookmarks in the stock browser on your device. Add that bookmark to your homescreen, and you've got yourselves a pretty powerful local weather forecast, right at your fingertips.
Developer: NIKOLAENKO ALEKSEJ
Price: $0.99 Download on the App Store
Trip Weather – Forecast for Every City of Your Tour 1.4 for iOS is a new app which provides you with a weather forecast of any place around the world. It is very useful if you are planning to travel to different cities or countries as it gives you the whole forecast for all your cities in one view. The app uses the most reliable weather content provider for businesses and travel industry. The full weather forecast is shown for two weeks, if you want to see more the monthly average temperature will be shown.
It has user-friendly interface. The best thing about this app is that you see the all forecast for different places and dates no matter how many of them you choose. It is very easy to use: you need only to type in cities, arrival and departure dates of your journey and the whole weather forecast is formed at once. You can save your trip and the forecast will be renewed every five minutes if the Internet is available.
You should not take a lot of luggage and baggage with and pay extra-money for it, because you will know what to expect. And you will not feel any lack of things, if it is drizzly, rainy or too hot or too cold.
The little peek at the "Share to Google Drive" wasn’t the only good stuff that was on show during yesterday’s Android Developers’ Friday Apps Review. One of the three apps discussed, Weatherwise, really caught my attention.
What does it do?
As you’d expect, it provides the weather forecast for the locations of your choice. There’s quite a bit of information available, including a week’s forecast and a detailed 24-hour forecast.
What sets it apart?
First and foremost: the graphics. The animation is really beautiful, with several varying conditions (the developer said around 20) ranging from a thunderstorm to a nice, quite sunset. It also has a neat little parallax effect, so if you move the phone a bit, you see the bushes moving more than the tree at the back.
The developer is also monetizing it using in-app purchases of themes (there are five available currently, priced at $0.99 each). What that means is no annoying ads to spoil the experience (as is the case with 1Weather, another beautiful app).
The widgets are pretty decent, too, certainly a lot better than 1Weather’s (IMHO). You have two to choose from: a 4X4 and a 4X1 option.
What improvements I’d like to see?
First off, and this is, as mentioned in the Hangout, the most requested feature: a live wallpaper. This is a gorgeous app, and I’d love to have the option (though I barely ever use live wallpapers).
Without that, you only really appreciate the looks when you first install it, and when you show it off to friends. Once the beauty wears off, you only want to quickly glance at the forecast when you open the app.
Secondly, and this is something Reto Meier pointed out to the team in the Hangout, the buttons need to be a bit bigger. I have had issues opening the 23-hour detailed information at times.
And finally, I’d like to see the widgets display the time also. I use Beautiful Widgets, and I love the time + weather combo. I’m not going to replace that widget with Weatherwise’s.
There is a large abundance of weather forecast applications in the Play Store. Everyone has their personal preference, but sometimes it is time for a change. A new weather application was just launched to the Play Store from Distinction Ltd. Some of you may know them from their popular Cocktail Flow application that brings a unique user experience to the world of mixed drinks. Staying true to their “flow-osophy” they have released Weather Flow.
The application offers an ICS style to it with a very clean and minimalistic look in both the on-screen widgets and in the weather forecast its self. On the widget front, there are two primary options, a light and a dark version. That simply refers to the background that is behind the widget. You can also alter the current temp, line under the widget and the rain or snow drop colors as Green, Blue or Red. When you tap on the weather it opens up the forecast screen. here you can use a typographic interface which is really clean with some small animations to make it look nice. You will be able to see your hourly forecast and five-day forecast on one screen as well as precipitation and wind speed/direction. You can change that look to a Rich version inside the settings. The Rich look has an amazing panning image in the background that displays what the weather looks like. You get all the same information as the typographic look, with the exception of the hourly and five-day forecasts being switched by taping on the work.
you can very easily set up various locations from around the globe for use inside the forecast section and for your widgets. When adding a widget you are prompted to select the location that you wish it to use, assuming you have set up more than one location. The widgets update every 30 minutes, with no settings available to alter that time frame.
Overall it is a very clean widget with just enough customization to make it your own. You won’t be spending hours sifting through themes or adjusting settings to make it work. After you install it, you should be all set with in a matter of minutes. Feel free to take a closer look at the layout and the various design elements of the application via the YouTube video we did below.
It is a rather nice weather application in our opinion. If you like it too, hit up the QR code below by either scanning it or clicking it to head to the Play Store for purchase. To find out more information about Weather Flow, Distinction Ltd and this application for your Windows Phone 7, direct your browser over to their website.
Developer: Distinction Ltd
Update: Perhaps not surprisingly, Apple appears to have pulled the existing Siri Assistant app from the App Store. There’s also somewhat curiously no mention of Siri at all on Apple’s Canadian website, although the Siri app itself was never available in Canada to begin with. [Thanks to everyone who sent this in]
Looking for a few good apps for your Android device? Look no further. We’re back with another edition of ‘Apps of the Day’ to help you sort out what’s good in the Android Market. Today’s edition comes with a sense of youthful optimism and better living with a weather forecast app that will never let you down, a smartphone take on a nostalgic game, and the latest from Consumer Reports. Read on for more.
Optimistic Weather – Optimistic Weather isn’t like other weather apps. It chucks forecasts aside in favor of an outlook that is always sunny and bright. Don’t download this app if you want to get a reality check including doom and gloom updates of impending bad weather vibes. Optimistic Weather gives you one forecast and one forecast alone: sun, sun, sun! Maybe that inaccuracy makes it a bit more like other weather apps, after all. [Market]
Float - You remember that game we all used to play? You know, the one where you and a few friends attempted to keep a balloon aloft without touching the floor? Float is that game on your Android phone with many more twists thrown in. For as simple as it is, the gameplay can often be addictive. Just don’t let the balloons touch the spikes. [Market]
Mobile Shopper 2012 – Want to get the low down on a product before making a purchase? Consumer Reports has unleashed their Mobile Shopper app to help make buying decision easier. At it’s core, the app might seem like a simple barcode scanner, but the resources to be mined once a product has been scanned add up to much more than that. It’s a bit pricey at $4.99, but you’ll get a one-year subscription to product reviews, ratings, and buying advice. [Market]
SUPPORTbuddy – SUPPORTbuddy won’t be for everyone, but for those looking to find an online, private support group to help deal with their physical and emotional health issues, it could be just the thing. SUPPORTbuddy lets your share your current condition, see updates from other, and join in on discussions about various aspects of dealing with life-changing circumstances such as cancer, depression, HIV/AIDS, and addiction. [Market]
A bit of a joke this. But a good one. Optimistic Weather lies to you about what the weather’s going to be tomorrow. That’s it. It’s not really of any particular use, but looks sweet and amused us for a few seconds just then. Here’s the maker’s description:
You can’t control the weather but you can control your optimism. Optimistic Weather is not a conventional weather forecast, it blows away those swirling charts for nothing but next day sunshine. Accurate weather forecasting is just depressing… let’s look forward to tomorrow!