Earlier this month a popular iOS weather application, Dark Sky, made its way to Android. This weather app focused on giving users specific and to the moment information. Sunshine, the newest application to be ported over from iOS, focuses less on specific details and more on providing more realistic information based on how people already in the area deem the weather to be.
Sunshine was founded when the creators of the app were fed up with the inaccurate information given to them by other weather applications when they wanted to go surfing. Their logic was that temperatures feel different to different people based on the location itself and the specific weather condition. Basically, 60 degrees at a cloudy beach feels colder than 60 degrees on a sunny day in the city.
When you open Sunshine, you will be given the weather in your current location. From here you can check the three-day forecast by swiping in from the right side or check out your profile by swiping in from the left. To report the current weather around you, simply tap the icon at the topic of the screen showing the current weather information and you will be able to report how it currently is for you. Sunshine will use this information, reports from your phone’s built-in barometer, and other weather reports to more accurately give people the current weather conditions.
All of this creates a social aspect to Sunshine where you can see where other users have been and reported the weather around you but if you are worried about privacy, you can always turn off your location sharing.
Sunshine is currently available for beta testing on the Google Play store. A couple of bugs do seem to be surfacing, but nothing that is stopping the weather application from working properly. Let us know if you downloaded Sunshine and how it compares to your favorite weather applications!