Thursday, April 2, 2020

Apple acquires well known weather app and discontinues android support

Dark Sky

Apple has just acquired a very popular weather app called Dark Sky. This is great news for iPhone users because it means their experience is going to get better as it is most likely going to be incorporated into the Apple ecosystem. For Android users, not so much. According to a blog post by Dark Sky, they will be shutting down and ending support for all Android devices.

Apple acquires Dark Sky.
"Our goal has always been to provide the world with the best weather information possible, to help as many people as we can stay dry and safe, and to do so in a way that respects your privacy. There is no better place to accomplish these goals than at Apple. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to reach far more people, with far more impact, than we ever could alone."

For existing users of the weather app on ios, nothing changes. The app will also continue to be available on the Apple app store as it was before and can be downloaded with ease. Android users, however, can no longer download the app from the Google play store  but existing users will be able to keep using the app until the 1st of July 2020, after which support will stop. Those with active subscriptions will be refunded. Their website will also under go a similar change as well.

“Weather forecasts, maps, and embeds will continue until July 1, 2020. The website will remain active beyond that time in support of API and iOS App customers."

For iPhone users, the family just got bigger but if you are on Android and you use  Dark Sky, then its time to find a new weather app.

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