When it comes to weather apps, there are a ton to choose from. When it comes to Android, Sunshine isn’t one of those, simply because it’s only available on iOS. Sunshine today announced that they are buying PressureNet who does have an Android app, and that Sunshine will soon be available on Android. PressureNet, for those that haven’t heard of it, uses the Barometer sensor in your smartphone to predict the weather in your area. One of a select few apps that do that. Most others get the weather from sources like Accuweather, or The Weather Channel. Sunshine actually works pretty similar to PressureNet, and hence why they have been acquired by Sunshine to combine their efforts into one.
To be more specific, Sunshine actually personalizes weather reports. The app gathers data from users to see what’s going on their area as well as allow users to provide feedback on how the temperature feels to them. Instead of sticking with a “real feel” equation to figure out how the temperature feels, like AccuWeather does. It’s pretty neat actually, and definitely isn’t your typical weather app for your smartphone.
PressureNet is a bit unique because it does use the barometer in your smartphone. Other uses for the barometer include getting better GPS location, as well as your elevation level. It has helped make GPS better than ever, even when you don’t have a wireless connection on your smartphone. PressureNet has a decent looking app available for Android, it’s not material design, but it does look pretty similar. The app also lets you send feedback on what’s happening outside, similar to Sunshine.
As part of announcing the acquisition, Sunshine announced that they will be developing an Android application, and bringing Sunshine on over to Android – which is currently iOS only as mentioned beforehand. PressureNet will likely be brought over to iOS as well, since it’s only available on Android right now. The two will be integrating features from one another, into each others apps over the next few weeks. You can sign up for the Sunshine beta now, simply by sending an email to email@example.com. Hopefully the app doesn’t stick around in beta only for too long.