MKB Reviews: The Weather Channel 3.0

The newest addition of the Weather Channel application has been revamped with an updated interface; That’s the main story here, as much of the feature goodness we’ve enjoyed in previous versions is still present. They’re also bringing in a new logo and greater device compatibility. Check it out:

From the description in the Android market: “The Weather Channel for Android adds new features – voice search, type-ahead and an all-new navigation bar among others – while still encompassing the enhanced features of its original version, including fully customizable weather maps, animated radar maps, detailed weather conditions and forecasts, severe weather alerts, and a notification bar with the current temperature and severe weather alert indicator.”

This new navigation bar across the bottom is a unique feature I haven’t seen in any other weather applications. It is a bar of scrollable monochrome icons that you can swipe through without choosing anything. Once you tap on one of the icons you’ll be brought to the page with the information you’re looking for, whether it’s the current conditions, a 10-day forecast, or a list of severe weather alerts in your area.

From the sceenshot you’ll noteice the new version of the app adds voice search for finding locations. This may not work very well for those living in less phonetically named cities but for most it should work just fine. The app also continues the trend of fully immersive maps that work along with Google maps to bring you the greatest amount of information possible. Just like Maps 5.0 for Android you can display layers. These layers aren’t things like traffic and elevation, however; you can decide to display layers like radar, clouds, UV index, rainfall and more.

Widgets are just as interactive and informative as ever, as The Weather Channel has kept all three widget icon sizes [2x2, 1x1 and 4x1] available.

Need I say more? If you already have the app visit the Android market and hit that update button. Don’t already have it? Get downloading – enjoy!

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