BBC launches free Weather app for iOS and Android phones

The BBC is something of an institution, both at home in the UK and around the world, enjoying an enviable reputation among viewers, listeners and users across the globe. Its network of domestic and international TV channels and radio stations reaches hundreds of millions of people, and demand for its content continues to grow, with users increasingly accessing its services online and through mobile apps. 

Today, Auntie Beeb announced a new addition to its suite of apps, with the launch of BBC Weather for iOS and Android smartphones in the UK. Using meteorological data from the UK's Met Office, it provides a five-day forecast, along with other details such as sunrise/sunset times, pollen count and UV intensity. 

The app will automatically detect a user's location on launch, providing an immediate summary and forecast. Additional global locations can be easily searched for, and detailed through-the-day weather details are also available.

While the iOS and Android versions share the same design, the latter also allows users to add a widget to the home screen, along with NFC support, which enables users to share locations by touching two compatible handsets together. 

James Metcalfe, Senior Product Manager for Weather at BBC Future Media, said: "We're making BBC Weather truly mobile with the launch of our new app. As so many of our audiences access BBC Weather from iOS and Android devices, we can now offer them an even better way to keep ahead of the weather on-the-go." 

While many iOS and Android users will no doubt be rejoicing at the news, Metcalfe's words offer little comfort to Windows Phone users. The BBC launched an iPlayer app for Windows Phone 8 last month, but the Corporation has made it clear that its primary focus must be on those platforms with the most users. In January, a BBC spokesperson told Neowin: "The Android and Apple platforms account for approximately 75% of the UK smartphone market. Apps are costly to develop and maintain and, as a publicly funded organisation, we have to prioritise our development around the areas and platforms where we will achieve the greatest reach of users at the lowest cost."

Don't be expecting a BBC Weather app for Windows Phone - or BlackBerry 10, for that matter - any time soon then. Still, for iOS and Android users in the UK, the app is available now, free from the App Store and Google Play. The app is currently only available for smartphones, and no details have yet been shared regarding plans to make the app available internationally.

Source: BBC Media Centre

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Nope, Richmond is not sunny. It's dark and gloomy. Yes, there was a time when things were very different. But it all changed...

It's not as if the BBC is the only media company & app vendor to ignore Windows Phone.

Where's 4oD and ITV Player for WP? Strangely 4oD is on Windows 8 and there is an STV Player produced by the Scottish branch of ITV.

Actually, regarding my reply above it wouldn't make any difference if the design was more in-line with what I like; the fact that it is restricted to the UK for now means there wouldn't be any point in me getting it anyway.

Change the design and open it up for Europe and we'll talk, BBC.

The problem with the BBC is that they are quite disjointed in pretty much everything they do. You put both the BBC News and Weather widgets next to each other and they look like they are made by different companies.

glen8 said,
The problem with the BBC is that they are quite disjointed in pretty much everything they do. You put both the BBC News and Weather widgets next to each other and they look like they are made by different companies.

Lol ironically your probably bang on the button there probs two diff sub-contractors.

Looks nice! I like how Androids design is actually nice these days.

BBC JUST MAKE ME A NEWS APP ON WP THEN ME HAPPY.

If not, don't ducking request other really good community developed apps to be taken down.

Iridium said,
Looks a lot like Microsofts Metro

Agreed. Although for me that meant that I saw the flat look of the app and thought, "nope. I won't bother." I like my current weather app more.

Seeing as the WP iplayer app was only developed when MS tossed in some dosh I guess Auntie is waiting for the same thing again. But have you seen the weather apps available on WP? WP users are not missing anything app wise, I can assure you.

Have to admit I've been hoping they'd do this for a while! A few months back I deleted the standard weather app and replaced it with a link to the normal desktop BBC weather site... app seems to work well.

OH MY LORD, I WAS WAITING FOR THEM TO DO THIS, NEVER THOUGHT IT WOULD HAPPEN. MWAHHHHHHH XXXX LOVE U BBC <3 but you need to stop dat dere brainwashing bro.

Thanks Andy Weir for making a brother aware of this great news. May God shower you with His blessings. Amen.

This is a waste of time and money, there are no end of weather apps to use on any platform. Not to mention that Non-iPhone Non-Android users are effectively subsidizing ths by having to pay he BBC Tax.

The BBCs remit is to bring their services to the widest audience possible - and this aids them in doing that. Moreover, you don't "pay the BBC Tax", you pay the tax to the government, a percentage of this is put towards the BBC.

Deviate_X said,
This is a waste of time and money, there are no end of weather apps to use on any platform. Not to mention that Non-iPhone Non-Android users are effectively subsidizing ths by having to pay he BBC Tax.

Always thought that about ANY weather app of any kind, whether for a phone or a computer!

I dunno, maybe if you travel, or want to make plans?

But desktop widgets that show you the weather where you are right now... WTF? Where's the point in that!

subsidising this with tax....wtf u smoking lol anyways, good job BBC certainly nicer than the default weather widget in Android, with extra relevant information presented in the app.

Mando said,
subsidising this with tax....wtf u smoking lol anyways, good job BBC certainly nicer than the default weather widget in Android, with extra relevant information presented in the app.

_Everyone_ who watches _any_ UK TV has to pay for an expensive "BBC License". This is a Tax. Its the law of the land

If you only watch 2 hrs of BBC TV (not to mention all other services they supply) per week that costs you £2.90 (£1.45 per hour) you tell me what other media (no adverts) or entertainment you can do for that price, putting sex aside.