We’ve lost count of the amount of weather apps that we’ve installed over the years, and although the fantastic Palmary Weather PRO remains our #1 fully fledged weather app, the widget wasn’t quite getting our meteorological muse going.
After trawling through the depths of the Android Market and rejecting one hopeful contender after another, we finally clapped our eyes on what has emerged as as our new favourite weather widget: the Aix Weather Widget.
Wonderfully minimalist and taking up just 4×1 of precious homescreen space, the Aix Weather Widget packs in a ton of useful info, presented in a beautifully elegant interface.
Add individual widgets
Users can select their home location, and add as many extra locations which can then be displayed in individual widgets on the home screen.
There’s also options to only update the data when connected via wi-fi, change the update rate and set the app to only update when the phone is awake.
24 hours at a glance
Once installed, the forecast for the next 24 hours is presented via a clever temperature graph which dynamic scales to suit the extremes of temperature, with icons illustrating the weather conditions (cloudy, sunny, overcast etc) positioned every two hours.
Rainfall is shown at the bottom of the graph with each grid cell representing 1 mm, or 0.05 inches of rain. Solid blue bars display the minimum amount of forecasted rainfall with the patterned bars indicating the maximum.
MSLP, hPA and RH. You what?
MSLP values in hPa are listed above the graph (we’ve no idea what they are either but it’s explained here), along with the relative humidity (RH) reading. We weren’t exactly sure what that meant either, so looked it up here and came back not entirely wiser.
The author informs us that the weather data is taken from Norwegian Meteorological Institute but adds, “however, it is made to, and should, work in any part of the world.”
We found the weather info to be as accurate as we might expect, although we’d love to see a 2 day/7 day version.
Beautifully designed in an easy to read and attractive interface, this is certainly the best Android weather widget we’ve come across to date, and priced at free it’s an irresistible download.We love it.
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[Download the app here], [more about the app here] and follow the [author’s discussion about the app here].
4 Comments on “Aix Weather Widget – our new favourite Android widget”
Hasn’t been updated in a while. Try this one instead: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cloud3squared.meteogram
It hasn’t been updated but I still prefer it to the Meteogram one which is a nice app but just seems unnecessarily complex.
It can be as simple or as complex as you like! Just accepting the defaults is very very simple, and you immediately have a widget not unlike the Aix widget. Another immediate benefit is that the widget is resizable, so you can make it whatever size you like on your home screen. And, to make it look a bit more like Aix, just choose the “fully transparent” theme from the Chart Style section… that’s still very simple (just one setting change). Then, if you wish (but not if you don’t), have a play around and you’ll find lots of cool information that isn’t available in Aix, like tide charts, cloudiness, UV index, weather bars, sunrise and sunset information, sun and moon elevation, wind arrows, notifications, alerts, and much more.
Development of Aix has now ceased…