- Last update: 2 years ago
- Version: Varies with device
- Size: 8.68M
- Compatibility: Varies with device
- Author: Media Applications Technologies for the BBC
- Content rating: Rated for 3+
- Package name: bbc.mobile.weather
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BBC Weather: It's Always Sunny Elsewhere Review
They say the British always chat about the weather, though English weather is predictably foggy and rainy. Oh, really? Then there would be no need for apps like BBC Weather. Install free app and enjoy the precise forecasts, even if you’re outside Britain; though there are some benefits for English users only.
When we say “British mass media”, we mean first of all BBC. Its weather reports need to be as exact and precise as can be, so it is on TV and so it has to be online. A special weather app is what most users need to know the weather forecast from the source they trust.
As of September 2016, BBC Weather has 5+ million users. The app collects mostly positive reviews. So we may conclude that the service does its job.
It’s all about the weather (what else to expect?), and “all” is the word. When you start the app, it detects your location automatically and displays the current weather conditions, temperature, wind speed and direction, sunset or sunrise time. The detailed forecast for today shows the control point each 3 hours, with conditions, temperature and wind information showing. The forecast covers 8 more days, starting with tomorrow. If you tap on any of the next days, you’ll get the same detailed view. However, for obvious reasons, the forecast will never be as precise.
The developers have concentrated on exact measurable values and decided to avoid subjective figures like “Real Feel”. For some it may be an inconvenience.
You can set your favorite locations and switch them from the list hidden behind the left edge of the screen. As the weather updates, it applies to all the locations you have marked.
If you need more data, you can activate additional displays. The notification system is flexible: when it comes to ultraviolet level, pollen or pollution, you can set these panels up, so they only appear when the values are moderate or above. Other options include “Always show” and “Never show”.
UK inhabitants have more care from the main British corporation than the others. The app displays alerts about bad weather in Britain, especially flood alerts important for islanders. There is even a special line in the menu giving access to all recent flood and bad weather warnings. Another bonus for UK dwellers is hourly detailed forecast for the next 24 hours, with the rest of the world not covered that firmly. Theres always data for Pressure, Visibility and Humidity data as well as the temperature and the wind.
No matter if you use this app on the phone or on the tablet, the app uses the screen in the most efficient way, so it only takes one glance to read the most important data from BBC Weather. Android users also benefit from widgets, informative enough and available in different size. An update button is present both in the app itself and in the widget.
To suit the stereotype, the app looks conservative and strict. The background is a bit dull, the fonts look classic, the pictograms are symbolic and not looking like those messenger stickers. So the app is well-readable and informative, though it’s no eye-candy at all. But it’s no bug, it’s a feature.
The only thing to complain about is language. When in England, speak English and act English, yes, we know.
Weather BBC app displays all most people need on its home screen, so it saves your time. There’s no need to tap on the screen unless you need some more specific data. Android users also get the widgets for the home screen, with adjustable transparency and automatic refreshing every 4 hours by default, but it's also adjustable.
Unfortunately, the developers haven’t bothered about companion apps for wearable devices, so you cannot glance at your watch even as an alert appears. Of course, there’s no automatic alerting at the update as no one does that, really.
The app settings are much richer than you may think. In addition to saving favorite places, you can select the measurement units for the temperature or the wind. The toggles of secondary importance like UV, pollen or pollution settings are also available here.
The developers also have done their best to save the phone’s power. The app has a moderate appetite, so it won’t drain your battery unless you set too frequent update rate.
Even if the app is not officially available in your country, it still will work if you bootleg it to your device somehow. BBC Weather download is available through numerous third-party sites. Of course, you won’t get it translated into your language, but if you need such an English app, you must know enough of English to get with it.
Cross-platform use 8/10
The app is available for iOS and Android. Though Windows Phone has more success in UK than in other countries, BBC didn’t bother about Windows app. Anyway, those devoted Lumia users still have their browsers, so they can visit the site. So it is with BlackBerry users and other minor platforms audience.
Generally free, Weather BBC app has no hidden functions or premium paid accounts. The ads that get so annoying in other apps are absent too. All the app may require from you is your personal data for statistical usage, but it’s also voluntary. If for some reason you prefer not to take part in this program, even anonymously, you can untick the box not to have your data sent to BBC.
Weather BBC app is a great one, but if you want to get the full benefits of it, you should live in Great Britain (or at least happen to be there for a while). For other regions, the tastiest part of its functionality is cut, so the app doesn’t outrun its famous rivals like AccuWeather.Collapse
If you live in England and speak English, this app is a great choice for you; otherwise you may prefer some of its rivals covering the whole world.
Pros : Exact and detailed forecast;
Flood alerts (for Britain dwellers).
Cons : Not available officially in most countries;
English interface only;
Too moderate design (though some may like it);
No “Real Feel” temperature displayed;
No companion app for Apple Watch or Android Wear.
Cross-platform use 4.0