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Big Windows Phone 8.1 update coming to Weathr, join the beta today

Weathr 2 Beta

The Windows Phone Central Forums is a great place to visit when you're in the mood to chat it up about Windows Phone. One area of the forums that is always full of surprises is the Developers Beta Testing forums. You can get a sneak peek at what apps and games are in the works or sign up to beta test these Windows Phone titles.

One app caught our attention the other day and while it's yet another Windows Phone weather app, Weathr is being re-written to take advantage of new Windows Phone 8.1 features. There is a current version of Weathr available in the Windows Phone Store but the developer wants to put the new version through the ringer and needs beta testers to help identify bugs, glitches and areas of improvement.

Weathr 2 Beta

The main pages for Weathr cover your current conditions, an hourly forecast, a maps page, a five-day forecast page and a weather alerts page. The app supports forecasts for your current location as well as a host of worldwide cities. Additional features for Weathr include:

  • Beautiful local images from Flickr based on your current weather
  • Support for all three sizes of live tiles, either transparent or with local images from Flickr
  • Support for detailed status on lockscreen, so you can easily check the forecast without unlocking your phone
  • Full screen radar and satellite maps
  • Adjustable background update times, from 15 minutes to 12 hours

Weathr taps into both Weather Underground and Forecast.IO for its forecast information.

In just tinkering with the beta version of Weathr for a short period of time, it has a good bit of appeal and should be able to hold its own against the top Windows Phone weather apps.

If you're interested in signing up to be a Weathr beta tester, head over to the WPCentral Forums discussion linked below for all the details. Just keep in mind you need to be running Windows Phone 8.1. The current version of Weathr is available for Windows Phone 8 devices for $1.99 with a trial version available (512MB devices supported).

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Toast notification just gave me a heart attack ... But....

F3rzz says:

My heart skipped a beat too, man

With you on that one...

akks says:

Yeah., exactly

justin071894 says:

I got so excited!

RaRa85 says:

We all got Punk'd!!lmbo

HotJava says:

Effective title in getting us to click but the content disappointed. Hmmm, we all know what happened to the kid who cried wolf too many times :)

IceDree says:

Same here lol

I also read "Big Windows Phone 8.1 update coming today!" :/

Lol same here. I was so happy for a sec and then it all died out after reading the title properly. ;)

DaveGx says:

Click bait with that notification wording

Jim_MAY says:

George must live in Mountain Brook.☺

Bedirhan1474 says:

Tapatalk update

Savinati says:

The toast notifications got my hyped for nothing. Lol.

Slovenix says:

That tasty toast notification ..

anadi1984 says:

Does it have the animated screen ala the amazing weather HD app?

pan_ani says:

Halfway while reading the headline, I almost thought a windows phone 8.1 system update was on its way. Damn.

Me 2 :( , I think it will be available to download on Friday

I was also bit shocked...for official update we need to wait...

roguecroce says:

Can someone tell the author that starting an article with 'Big Windows 8.1 update,' should only be written WHEN the WP8.1 UPDATE is actually ready for the device, not yet another weather app on a platform awash with weather apps!

fahad kazi says:

Big update on my toast and I was tempted to eat it lol

Jf.Vigor says:

I see what you did there

sephiroth111 says:

i thougt windows phone 8.1 gdr1

sayan676 says:

We all got trolled

rockstarzzz says:

Isn't WP8.1 update expected this week too?

Yeah , "expected"

Jf.Vigor says:

Nice try George, trying to get more hits n stuffs. It worked >_

SACRIFICE_84 says:

Off topic..

Can anyone tell me some fighting games like wrestling anything...

RaRa85 says:

All I saw was "big Windows Phone 8.1 update" on the toast notification and then...the rest.lol

IceDree says:

Got excited for a minute.

Aashish13 says:

Man the headline made me excited

Tluck619 says:

That Excitement!!!! I can't even explain....

emjey says:

Damn! I read it as win 8.1 coming update coming! Aarrghhh!

Son1ccoders says:

Well played wpc

ahmadcrofton says:

Foreal... Stupid weathr... Peed my pants

Richard_Indy says:

I can't recall the last time that the Weathr made me mess my pants ;)

Yeah, the toast notification got me so excited, I thought an update to wp8.1 dev preview or something about update 1. Totally misleading headline

That toast notification made me skip a beat. Heart break reading the full title

DVELOPinc says:

Used to love riding my bike around Vestavia Hills. :)

Aashish13 says:

How it is compared to Bing weather

roguecroce says:

Exactly good point! Although I used Vieather after reading about it in the comments section of yet another weather article.

MDMcAtee says:

Well...I read the whole title of the post and knew what it was about..lol

This beta is awesome and the developer is working hard on it.Right now though,it's fully functional and works great for me..and am looking forward to what he is adding to it soon

How to get this beta version of weathr on my Lumia 625.i m running developer 's preview on my phone...

roguecroce says:

Too many weather apps on this platform lets have some diversity please... Non of our apps look like Accuweather Platinum on Android, which is £2.99 in the UK, but beautiful... #AndroidEnvy

Will try out..just 1m.b. App if goes good will be great(trial)..

F3rzz says:

And that day nobody have a Fuck about weather.

Segmentality says:

First sentence: change "your" to "you're".

Suhasa Su says:

Nextgen Reader also to be updated in a week. As per the developer.

lubbalots says:

Cortana and bing does the job for me.

Aresjr21 says:

Too many weather apps for my taste. Wish for more diversity in other apps like fitbit or a polar tracker.

dalydose says:

Go write to fitbit and Polar. Complaining about someone else's work won't bring those apps to you.

Aresjr21 says:

Oh I have. The same with jawbone. Sometimes it takes the presence of a third party app to show just how much interest there is on a platform for a product.

slopeyvilla says:

Ha, and on the eigth sentence change "ringer" to "wringer" while you are at it

Hmm... I'm willing

Well, the beta is done. The realease of the 2.0 is out. So we have to pay for it now. I support developers and apps and I pay for them, but It's feel awkward after helping with the beta.