The Met Office iPhone and Android app gets an update

29 11 2012

The Met Office iPhone and Android app has been updated and is now available to download in the App Store and Google Play.

As well as bug fixing, the Android and iPhone update has taken on a lot of user feedback and enhanced the customer experience. There is a lot more information on the front screen, including wind speed, UV levels and sunrise and sunset times. Previously users would have had to delve deeper to gain access to this information, but based on user feedback, it was decided to bring this information forwards.

To make sure users receive a consistent experience, the look and feel of the app has been brought closely in line with the Met Office’s website. This includes new weather icons and graphics and also new icon-based weather warnings. New locations have also been added to the iPhone & Android app based on user feedback.

Below is a quote from James Tipler, Mubaloo Account Manager for the Met Office app:

“The Met Office has monitored customer feedback since the launch of the first iOS and Android app, and key trends in feedback have been listened to and addressed in this update. As well as bug fixes, this update makes a number of enhancements to the app which we believe will improve the user experience.”

The Met Office app has been a huge success since its launch in February. The iPhone and Android app was downloaded over 1 million times within its first two weeks of launch and during the cold weather in February, it was used over 6.5m times in one weekend – that’s 35 times every second. The Met Office app is the 14th most accessed in the UK and was voted number 1 weather app in the Independent. Current downloads to date are 3m for iPhone and 887,000 for Android.

Mubaloo, the producers of the apps on behalf of the Met Office have created a full Met Office Android & iPhone app case study.

 

This blog post first appeared in Mubaloo‘s blog





Met Office iPhone App makes it into The Sunday Times top App List

20 02 2011

Today  The Sunday Times publishes the second part of their definitive App List.    Today their selection includes both Science and Weather and the Met Office is delighted that our iPhone App is included in the list of the top 500 apps out there.

Increasingly, with rapid technological change, consumers demand instant access to weather information, and for it to be continuously updated. We take seriously our responsibility to provide the best possible service to the public, and this requires us to continually develop our scientific excellence to ensure we continue to provide the best advice possible in ways that meet the increasing demands of our customers. We are responding to this challenge: for example, our weather forecasting models now allow us to provide accurate forecasts for nearly 5000 individual locations across the country, helping to make our iPhone app one of the top five most popular in the UK, with over one million downloads.

As the UK’s national meteorological service, the Met Office provides accurate and reliable weather forecasts on TV and radio, in print, and online. Now, you can get our forecasts wherever you go with the free Met Office iPhone application. The app gives you access to:

  • Five-day forecasts
  • National severe weather alerts
  • Daily national and regional weather maps
  • UK rainfall radar and satellite imagery

The iPhone application is free and available from the Apple App Store .

 

 





Met Office iPhone app tops one million downloads

21 09 2010

More than a million people have downloaded our iPhone app, making it one of the most downloaded non-social media or gaming mobile phone applications in the country.

It is believed that its popularity now ranks it within the top five most downloaded apps for the popular handset in the UK.

Charles Ewen, head of web business at the Met Office said: “The iPhone application was one of a number of projects undertaken to help make weather information available to the public for free and the costs for many activities, including data services and design, were shared among them.

“We have just received the latest figures regarding downloads of the Met Office weather app and they now top one million. Due to its success, we are currently planning more work to make weather information available across other mobile devices, as well as upgrading the iPhone version.”

The application allows users to access the latest weather forecast for the next 5 days for their chosen location, gives severe weather warning and access to the latest UK rainfall radar imagery.








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