BBC Weather App on iPad and Kindle

Executive Product Manager, BBC News Apps & Connected TV

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It has been nearly 5 months since the BBC Weather app launched on Android and iOS devices. There’s been a fantastic response with over 3.7 million downloads.

We have received some excellent feedback from users, with the launch generating nearly 6000 feedback emails, and over 32000 store reviews… that’s an average of nearly 260 comments a day. By far the majority of these have been positive, with over 31000 4 and 5 star reviews on playstore.

We have been reviewing and responding to as many of these comments as possible. Thanks to your feedback in true Agile fashion we have been able to prioritise a number of improvements to make the apps even better.

The biggest change is we’ve introduced the ability to rotate your tablet device to view the app in landscape. This is especially challenging for the multitude of Android Devices, so we have focused on a scalable design which one of our UX designers will cover in a blog post soon.

Also today the app has been released to the iPad store as it was previously only available as an iPhone app. This update also includes some style adjustments for iOS7 so the app utilizes some familiar design layout and buttons.

BBC Weather on iPad and iPhone

Since the Android app scales for tablets, we have been able to release the app for the Android based Amazon Kindle devices. This release for Android includes some changes to the way we handle location, including the ability to disable the current location detection as requested by many users, and is available for iOS in the phone Location settings.

In time for the winter months, this update also links the apps to the Met Office National UK Weather warnings, as displayed on our website.

In order to scale the apps for tablets we have included new weather ambience backgrounds, which improve contrast and include night versions to better reflect the conditions at the time of day.

Finally, we have included the ability to share the forecast with friends via social networks all from within the app.

As ever, we will keep monitoring your feedback and response to these changes to further improve the BBC’s offer on mobiles and tablets.

James Metcalfe is a Senior Product Manager, BBC Weather

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