If you are like me, one of the first apps you install on your handset is a weather app and one of my favorites is WeatherBug. Thanks to YouTube we get a sneak peek of this popular application running on Windows Phone 7. The Windows Phone 7 version demoed in the video is impressive. The app has a clean interface, smooth transitions, and appears as feature-rich as WeatherBug’s Android and iPhone version. From the video, we can glean the following features:
- a Live tile that displays the current temp and supports push updates, interval updates and a badge for alerts
- a Now view with the current temp, a forecast overview for the day, and a 5-day forecast
- a Forecast view that can display the full week, an individual day, or an hourly forecast
- a Map view powered by Bing maps with radar, satellite, and temperature layers. support for static or animated maps
- a Camera view which displays all the local camera images as scrollable thumbnails
- support for multiple locations and a Locations view that provides you with the current weather for all locations on one screen
- support for detailed weather alerts
Getting an app like WeatherBug in the Windows Phone marketplace is a big win for Microsoft’s new mobile OS. When Windows Phone 7 handsets land in the hands of the masses later this year, new owners will be combing the app store for their old favorites. If people can find polished versions of apps like WeatherBug, Dropbox, or Evernote, they will respond positively to this new platform. If apps are lacking, then Windows Phone 7 could head down the same road as webOS and BlackBerry.
Check out the Weatherbug video below and let us know in the comments what you think of this version. Is it promising or as stale and dry as yesterday’s donuts?