BBC Weather

Simple UI, Holo design language and ease of use make the BBC Weather app worth checking out

The BBC has released its BBC Weather application on Google Play -- and it's actually one of the better weather apps available for Android. The BBC Weather app keeps things simple, while paying attention to Google's application design guidelines. By default, the app shows you weather conditions wherever you are, based on telemetry from the UK's Met Office, and you can view more places by searching for them. A new-style slide-out menu bar allows you to view conditions everywhere you've searched, and individual entries are easy to re-order and delete.

The main view consists of several scrollable areas that let you change location and view forecasts for hours or even days ahead. UV and pollen levels, if relevant, are shown too, as are sunrise and sunset times, and wind speeds and directions. On the whole, the app is able to shown a great deal of information without becoming cluttered. There's also an attractive 4x2 widget that shows you current conditions and a four-day forecast, along with lock screen widget support. NFC forecast transfers are supported too, and there's even a DashClock plug-in that'll bring the BBC's forecasts to the popular third-party clock widget.

You can find the BBC Weather app for Android at the Google Play link above; it's available for devices running Android 2.2 and above. (Update: Unfortunately for those outside the UK, it looks like this app is limited to British users only.)


Reader comments

BBC Weather app now available for Android


Very nice app, would be nice if it had an icon in the notification menu to open the app as well.

Anyone else here in the UK finding the Google Now weather card is appalling? I don't think I've ever seen the correct forecast on it!

yeah it's awful!
hopefully somebody makes a dashclock extension for BBC weather, its easily the best weather app i've used

Especially since the new update. It is a really nice app in addition to having some of the best information. I wish the Wunderground app was better.

I'm from the US, but would have liked the app for the times I'm in the UK. Does anyone know if I'd be able to use it the next time I'm there?

It's very nice. I like the way the background changes with the different weather outlooks. Only thing that would be handy in the widget would be the current temperature rather than just the daily high and low.

Bit pointless when you've got The Met Office app for your weather seeing as The BBC Weather app gets it's data from... The Met Office. Or am I missing something?

God bless the Beeb, this app is beautiful and actually picks up my village or the next one over. With the dreadful Google Now it could not get anywhere near where I live, it was always at least one Town away, often two or more. Great to see it work with the brilliant DashClock.

So the British Broadcasting Company is American. No wonder my license fees are so high and there are so many repeats. ;-)

Seriously though can't see any point in using this when the official Met Office app is so good.