India Meteorological Department (IMD) launched an Android app named ‘Indian-Weather' in Google Play for the purpose of weather forecasting in smartphones and tablets powered on android. This application has been made in collaboration with Dotsys Software and IBM India.
It is regarded as a below average app as of now. Even though the app is available for free download in Google Play Store, people can expect the error "our services are experiencing some problem" while using it. There is nothing to worry about though as further enhancements will come soon from IMD.
The app automatically detects the current city and displays it on the home screen along with the weather details. Different types of tabs are given on the bottom part of the home screen by which the users can check the weather for next four days. Also, the app background will change by itself with the weather. Even so, the graphics of this app appears pathetic and unattractive.
Another drawback is that the app includes only four metros for weather forecast as of now. As the app is still in beta stage as per the Google Play listing, let's hope that IMD will take care of this feature in future. But, it seems to be below-average even as a beta product.
The secretary of Ministry of Earth Sciences has stated in a recent press interview that IMD is concentrating on the development of ‘Indian-Weather' app and has already taken new initiatives for it. The android smartphones can access latest weather information along with other value added services with this app whenever required. This location specific weather app will show the updated current weather information across major cities in India.
IMD plans to expand the features of this product during next 8-10 months by incorporating Agromet advisories, weather bulletins, and notifications for important events. Apart from that, it is looking forward to extending the new features to the phones other than smartphones across the platform. According to the secretary, this is a significant leap in Public weather services provided by India Meteorological Department.