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Social Media Features Included in New AccuWeather for Android App
AccuWeather has introduced an AccuWeather for Android application for Android phones. In addition to the forecasts updated hourly, interactive Google Maps, and weather in 23 languages, AccuWeather for Android has customizable color themes and the ability to share forecasts via the social media applications users have installed on their Android phone.
Features include the following:
- Accurate and localized forecasts for locations worldwide. Updated each hour, forecasts include detailed hourly forecasts for the next twenty-four hours, plus day and night weather forecasts and information for the next 15 days—all in 23 languages.
- Weather Alarms, for locations worldwide, for weather events including, snow, ice, rain, wind speed/gusts, and the probability of thunderstorms.
- Sharing function allowing users to share the current, hourly, 15-day forecast, or forecast detail view using the social media applications installed on their phone. The share function is part of the Android menu.
- Current weather conditions data updated every 15 minutes and including humidity percentages, visibility, UV index, wind speed gusts and direction, times for sunrise and sunset, and RealFeel—AccuWeather's proprietary weather forecasting system that takes into account multiple weather conditions to determine how the localized temperature actually feels.
- Weather display of North American radar and worldwide satellite overlaying interactive Google Maps.
- Current news and broadcast-quality weather videos with many available in both English and Spanish.
- Storage for unlimited amount of locations along with up to 10 favorite locations. Favorites show current temperature along with a short description. From the “Locations” menu option, long press hold on a favorite location for more actions.
- Choice between metric or imperial units, and either a 12-hour or 24-hour time display.
AccuWeather for Android is available as a free download from the Android Market, https://market.android.com/details?id=com.accuweather.android
Paula J. Hane
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