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The popular Dark Sky weather app just got a big redesign on both iOS and Android, as detailed in the company's blog. Co-founder Adam Grossman characterizes this as "one of the biggest overhauls in Dark Sky's six year history."

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Grossman puts the app's new unified timeline at the forefront; you now get the weather for the following week, the next 24 hours, and the next 60 minutes combined into a single section that you can scroll through to find the info you need. Grossman says that this streamlined approach allows quicker access to the most important weather reports.

Furthermore, these sets of weather data also get some color coordination and generally enhanced visualization. Elements like weather and humidity have their numbers placed from left to right according to where they fall on the meter, allowing you to see at a glance how the weather is expected to evolve over the course of the day.

Meanwhile, the UV Index gets color coding in addition to the horizontal scale visualization, ranging from green to yellow to red to indicate severity.

Despite Dark Sky's polish, Grossman says that users have complained in the past about not being able to check weather at other locations. The redesign adds multiple locations, which you can access by swiping left and right to cycle through them. You can even set your desired locations based on "a list of interesting storms from around the country, in case your weather happens to be too bland."

Dark Sky purports to be the most accurate weather app in the world, with forecasts refreshed every minute so that "you'll know exactly when the rain will start or stop, right where you're standing," according to the description on Google Play. The app's new visualizations are a free upgrade for all users.

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On the Google Play Store, Dark Sky is currently the 15th most popular free weather app, but the second-highest grossing, just behind NOAA Weather Radar & Alerts. Dark Sky is free to use, and you can pay $2.99 a year to upgrade to Dark Sky Premium, which adds severe weather alerts, custom alerts, and rain notifications. New Dark Sky users can get a two-week free trial of Premium from within the app.

You can set up these notifications to be permanently resident in your notifications drawer, and you can enable a home screen widget so that you see the latest info as soon as you unlock your phone. However, the weather info on the lock screen of Android 9 Pie appears to be taken from Weather.com, no matter which weather app you prefer or have installed.

On iOS, weather info is built into the Today widget screen (which you access by swiping left from the home screen), but the data is provided by Weather.com, as it is in Google's news app.

However, you can replace iOS's default weather widget by scrolling down to the bottom of the widget feed, tapping the Edit button, tapping on the red-and-white icon next to Weather, tapping Remove, scrolling down to the More Widgets section, and tapping the Plus icon next to the other app that you prefer.

Replacement widgets will show up at the bottom of your widget feed, but if you long-tap on the hamburger menu to the right of each entry in the list, you can drag around your widgets to create any order that you like. Then tap Done in the upper right for your changes to take effect.

Takeaways

  1. The popular Dark Sky weather app has gotten a big update on Android and iOS to help you visualize your forecast.
  2. The app is free to use, and you can subscribe for $2.99 a year to get extra features.

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Tom is a senior editor at Download.com.