Stopping by to announce the release 1.1 of Weather God is now on the App Store.
There are some big changes in this release including a lot of changes for Voiceover users.
1. Feels like temperature
Now available in Settings. This is applied globally throughout the app. It is also affects whether the gods are awake or not. For example the Ice God might have been sleeping because the temperature was just above freezing, but will now be awake if the feels like takes the temperature below freezing.
We've expanded the hourly gods view into a 7 day, hourly timeline, fully updated for voiceover. Get to it by double tapping one of the gods.
Swipe with three fingers left or right to scroll the timeline and get a day / night summary.
Swipe right with one finger to delve into the hourly information
Double tap to close the timeline.
The timeline now includes much more information.
3. Follow Me Weather (not notifications)
Quite a few requests for this.
It's off by default, but if you go to the favourites screen you can switch it on.
You will need to leave Weather Gods open and as you travel around we will load the weather and Voiceover will announce the new place. It has to be a least 2 miles / 3 kilometres before we look up a new place, and you need a decent network connection.
If you close Weather Gods then we wont automatically update (no point) but we will next time you open the app
4. Smart Weather Wheel
The weather wheel has been updated for voiceover to grade and prioritise the hourly weather data.
Before, voiceover would announce the information in the same order, with rain and snow being last, regardless of the weather.
Now, for each hour, voiceover will summarise based on a priority system, so if its raining you will hear about that first, same for wind, high UV etc
We are now localised for Spanish and the other localisations have been updated for the new features and changes
6. Other improvements
a) We are now smarter about loading locations - it should solve some of the problems (we hope) with users getting the wrong location loaded.
b) Voiceover no longer announces the temperature units - it seemed a bit over the top, as we all know whether we were Fahrenheit or Celsius
c) We've switched to IBM for the weather gods heartbeat and push notifications - this is part of our ongoing change to send the push notifications from the cloud
d) Voiceover identifies a GPS location by announcing 'GPS' when swiping to the location label
e) Voiceover will speak the UV index when focussed on a UV label
f) You can now have seven favourite locations
g) Bug fixes around daylight saving time - we saw a few crashes with the recent change over in the USA and UK
h) Many more bug fixes.
I would just like to say a special thank you to all our beta testers and translators - you guys rock! Thank you!
As ever, if you are enjoying your time with the Weather Gods, then please, please, leave a review as they are reset with each new update. There is a direct link from Settings. Thank you.
If you are having any problems or have feature requests, then send us a feedback email (from Settings) and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Just a reminder that we are in the UK, so might be sleeping when you email (smile).