Apple’s surprising move to get popular “hyperlocal” weather app Dark Sky and pull it from the Play Store left many Android users scrambling to seek out a replacement, and Overdrop could also be the new app of choice for a few. I recently spent some quality time with Overdrop (which incidentally still uses Dark Sky’s API together of its weather service providers) and located it to be a promising though slightly flawed alternative.
Why “hyperlocal” and Dark Sky’s removal from the Play Store matter
Before I’m going into more detail about Overdrop, I’ll explain what the term “hyperlocal” refers to and why it makes the loss of Dark Sky to the Android community so significant. As defined by Wikipedia, and as applied to GPS-based mobile apps, it means the mixture of constant mobile Internet access and constantly-running GPS location services provides the user with information that automatically updates supported where the user is found. within the case of weather apps, it means the present conditions and forecast are going to be different whenever the user opens the app during a different location, and not just during a different city, but within it also.
For a private example, when I’m in inner-city Philadelphia the present temperature and temperatures forecasted will usually be warmer than when I’m within the suburbs, and if I visit, say, Harrisburg and open my weather app there’s an honest chance it’ll also show differences in cloudiness and precipitation. Dark Sky was never the sole hyperlocal weather app available to Android users but it had been one among the foremost popular, which is why many Android users were stung by Apple’s actions. As my colleague Arol Wright described it in his article, Apple doesn’t necessarily pull an app from the Play Store whenever they purchase the rights thereto, which can indicate plans to integrate Dark Sky into its native weather app during a future iOS release.
Overdrop shows promise but could still use some improvement
As I previously mentioned, one of the most important draws for Overdrop is that it still uses Dark Sky’s API together of its weather service providers (at least until the API expires in 2022). this provides users almost another 2 years to seek out an appropriate replacement weather service while still enjoying Dark Sky’s data during a different package. therein vein, Overdrop offers some attractive visual percept, both in its main app and within the many widgets that look straight out of the KWGT playbook. you’ll see the vivid presentation of weather data within the app within the gallery below.
By purchasing the professional unlock, users get access to exclusive app themes, a complete of 51 unlocked widgets, and therefore the ability to settle on AccuWeather as a service provider (the free version offers Dark Sky and Weather Bit as service providers). it’s recommended to get the professional to unlock from within the app because it offers the choice to subscribe for a month for $0.99 or a year for $2.49 whereas purchasing directly from the Play Store only offers a lifetime subscription for $8.99. The gallery below shows the themes available and the way the app looks using my favorite theme “Space”.
As I previously mentioned, Overdrop Pro unlocks 51 KWGT-style widgets. The gallery below shows all of them, and therefore the one I chose for my home screen.
I also had acknowledged previously that I found some areas where Overdrop could use some improvement. My usual go-to app is Weather Underground, which allows you to see hourly forecasts for every subsequent ten days, while Overdrop only allows you to see hourly forecasts for the subsequent two days. Of course, Weather Underground has offered just one bare-bones 2×2 widget since its 6.x update, in order that definitely outweighs the aforementioned hourly forecast limitation in my opinion. One other minor quibble I even have is that the lack of natural-looking weather icons within the widgets. While I’m a lover of fabric Design, it’d be nice to ascertain a natural-looking sun or moon or clouds on my home screen widget. Nevertheless, I’m strongly considering making Overdrop my daily driver rather than Weather Underground (I’ve already bought the lifetime Pro subscription).
Source: XDA Developer