AniWeather is a beautiful new weather app for Android focused on animations and simplicity
AniWeather, like its name suggests, is an animated weather app developed by one of our community’s legendary Substratum themers, XDA Senior Member llevo3. If by any chance the word “animated” conjures up images of tacky whirling lights or flashing graphics from a 1996 Geocities homepage, there is no need to worry – there is none of that here. The animations strike an excellent balance between subtlety and adding to the user experience. Another outstanding feature of AniWeather is its simplicity – there is no complex labyrinth of settings within settings or any cluttered array of obscure weather data.
When you open the app for the first time, you’ll be greeted by a prompt asking you to grant permissions access to your phone’s location. Then you’ll see a simple two-step tutorial: The first step will show you how to access the settings by tapping on the umbrella icon and the second step will show you how to access the forecast and weather chart panels by swiping to the left.
When you tap on the umbrella you’ll see the easy-to-use settings screen from which you can select between metric, imperial, and universal (Kelvin) units. If you want to entertain your Fahrenheit-using friends on social media, I suggest sharing a screenshot with units in Kelvin so the app will indicate the temperature in your city is around 300 degrees.
When you open AniWeather for regular use after you’ve set your preferences, you’ll be greeted by a current conditions panel with the forecast for today and the next two days on the bottom, though you can actually swipe left on that bottom strip to see the next seven days. One swipe to the left on the main panel leads to an hourly forecast for the next 48 hours (swipe up and down to scroll). The hourly forecast includes basic weather descriptions for each hour, wind speeds, and temperatures. One more swipe to the left takes you to a more detailed forecast for the next seven days, which includes the aforementioned data sets from the hourly forecast and adds barometric pressure, UV index, and humidity levels. Swiping left from the seven-day forecast panel leads to the last available panel, which includes charts for temperature, precipitation, and wind speed.
What really sets AniWeather apart from the myriads of weather apps available on the Google Play Store is the simple, uncluttered design, the easy access to relevant data, and the stylish artwork from a once-prominent Substratum themer. Also, while Google does list the developer’s email for feedback and feature requests, I’d recommend using the app’s thread in our forums where you can also see teasers of upcoming features.