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BBC Weather launches mobile app

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MUMBAI: BBC Weather has launched a mobile application for iOS and Android devices in the UK. The free app enables users to keep ahead of the weather by allowing users to take BBC Weather‘s information on-the-go.

As soon as a user opens the app it will automatically detect one‘s location and gives one an instant overview of the weather conditions wherever one is. It also gives quick access to the five day forecast with the option to look up further detail such as hourly UK forecasts, and three hourly forecasts for international locations, for the next 48 hours. One can find other destinations from the UK and abroad with a simple search and save them to a customisable list of favourite places.

The app lets one make the most of this summer‘s big events with Glastonbury, Wimbledon and the British Grand Prix all approaching. There are regular updates for the weather and other information including UV, pollen count, wind speed and humidity.

The UK pubcaster adds that the app follows an increase in users accessing BBC Weather‘s services from mobile devices over the last year, and brings the breadth of its information into a simple design. The look and feel is consistent across iOS and Android with differences, such as navigation and search, that are designed to be instantly familiar to users of each platform.

All information and data can be found in either version of the app, but Android users can also add a widget on the device‘s home screen and share favourite locations over NFC (Near-Field Communications) by simply touching two compatible devices together.

BBC Weather head Liz Howell said, "The new BBC Weather app is the perfect companion for this summer‘s great British sport and music events. We know that our audiences really want that at-a-glance forecast when they‘re out and about, with the option of digging for further detail when they need or want to. That‘s exactly what we‘ve delivered, squeezing in all of our trusted data into an app that‘s simple to use and looks fantastic."

BBC Future Media senior product manager for Weather James Metcalfe said, "We‘re making BBC Weather truly mobile with the launch of our new app. As so many of our audiences access BBC Weather from iOS and Android devices, we can now offer them an even better way to keep ahead of the weather on-the-go. This represents a significant milestone in our commitment to provide a world-class weather service to audiences across four screens - desktop, mobile, tablet and connected TV."

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