'Hyperlocal' Weather App Dark Sky Now on Android

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Dark Sky means never having to ask Siri if it's raining, and now the super-localized weather app is on Android.

Dark Sky describes itself as the "most accurate source of hyperlocal weather information. With down-to-the-minute forecasts, you'll know exactly when the rain will start or stop, right where you're standing."

In our review of the iPhone version last year, PCMag found it "unabashedly beautiful...with wonderful design and unique alerts." It made our recent list of iOS apps worth buying, with Wendy Sheehan Donnell, PCMag's executive editor of reviews, saying it "Saved my hide a few times. Seriously accurate weather."

The Android app is free to download for 24-hour and 7-day forecasts, current conditions, and weather maps. Upgrade to premium for $2.99 per year after a two-week free trial for down-to-the-minute forecasts, rain notifications and alerts, daily summaries, and homescreen widgets.

The app, for example, can will display an alert that says "heavy rain starting in 12 minutes" with a graph that shows how intense the precipitation will be over a set period of time. 

In his review, PCMag's Max Eddy said "my experience with Dark Sky's rain alerts continues to be mixed. I didn't receive a precipitation alert when a major storm rolled through overnight, but I did receive an alert a few days later before a storm struck."

"If you're looking for customization, truly crunchy weather data, and a tried-and-tested crowd-sourced weather data, Editors' Choice Weather Underground is still your best bet," he said.

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