Skymet is a venture backed by Omnivore Partners and is also a Villgro incubatee, a social enterprise incubator. The company provides weather forecast in more than 7500 locations and in 8 languages including English, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Punjabi, Odiya, Tamil and Telugu.
We checked out the app on our Android handset (Micromax A90S). The app sets the home location by checking location through device’s GPS location or users can set them separately. One can add more than one locations by favoriting the locations to track weather forecast.
On its home tab, the app provides with present day’s temperature, humidity percentage, and gives out forecast terms. The app gives out 7 days of future forecast in forecast tab. Clicking on a day leads to 3-hourly weather forecast for the day. It also provides news headlines and videos as well. It provides news on topics like weather warnings, weather related news and analysis, lifestyle & weather, weather & economy, global warming, water, and air traffic among others and also provides weather forecast videos. Clicking on the news headline opens up the news on the phone’s browser, which opens up to Skymetweather.com’s news page.
One can also share weather forecast through Android’s default share intent option, which enables them to share the information through various apps installed on their Android phones.
The app also allows one to post weather update from their location along with photos, which the company claims will be used to update social media networks and also weather observation for the location.
Design: One of the thing we liked about the app is its design. It’s a beautifully designed app with weather information overlaid on top of a full screen picture that describes the weather forecast for the day. However, the app seems to have a pre-set background picture to display weather conditions for haze, bright, rainy among others. The design of the app reminds us of Yahoo’s newly launched iPhone weather app. However, Yahoo’s weather app loads new pictures in the background from its Flickr photo sharing app.
No weather widget: While the app is good as a standalone app, it does not come with widget support. We believe, weather apps are mostly used as Widgets on homescreen on Android handsets. Excluding weather feature from the app greatly reduced the usability of the app.
Competition: Almost every Android handset comes with in-built weather app or widget. Skymet’s Android weather app will have to compete with these in-built apps, widgets, and various websites that give out weather information on their homepage. However, we believe the app could easily compete on the basis of its local language support.