Android users already had plenty of reasons to hate Apple, but now they have one more: The company has taken away the popular Dark Sky weather app. Dark Sky is announced today in a blog which has teamed up with Apple and as a result will close access to its API in 2022 and remove the Android app.
While it’s not known how much Dark Sky sold for, the move has many implications. On the one hand, they are goodnas news for iPhone users; If you’ve ever used the native iOS weather app, you know it’s crap. On the other hand, Dark Sky has earned a reputation as one of the best weather apps for its focus on hyperlocal hourly rainfall predictions. Although it was an exclusive application for iOS for four years, it introduced a Android version in 2016 .
The sad thing is that the days of the Android application, both on phones and smart watches with Wear OS, are numbered. The app will no longer be available for download, and the service for existing users will end after July 1, 2020. Android subscribers who are still using the app at that time will receive a refund.
Another blow is that the API for third-party applications will be removed. Dark Sky says it no longer accepts new subscriptions, and that for existing customers, the API will only work as it currently does until the end of 2021. As part of the transition, Dark Sky will also advance that using its API will be subject to the policy of Apple privacy.
The Dark Sky website also did not escape the sacrifice. Weather forecasts, maps, and embeds will stop working after July 1, 2020. Beyond that date, the website “will remain active … to support API clients and iOS application” .
But users of Dark Sky on iOS shouldn’t feel too comfortable either. Although the company says there will be no changes at the moment, it is possible or even likely that Apple will natively incorporate it into iOS later.
“Our goal has always been to provide the world with the best possible weather information, help as many people as we can to stay dry and safe, and do so in a way that respects their privacy,” says Dark Sky on her blog. “There is no better place to achieve those goals than at Apple.”
It was expected that they would say that, considering that Apple is now the owner of Dark Sky. But also a little puzzling, as there are many more Android users than users iOS worldwide. Apple didn’t have to liquidate the Android app, the web, or the API, which is used by many other popular weather apps. While iOS users may be glad that the native weather app will stop sucking, it’s hard for Apple to kick Android users out of a popular service, especially since it could still make money from people willing to keep paying for subscriptions. from Dark Sky.