It’s a tragic day for Android customers of the favored Darkish Sky app, which shut down immediately following an acquisition by Apple.
The app, which gained prominence largely because of the relative accuracy of its rain length characteristic, was bought to Apple in March, with the iPhone maker vowing to close down all different variations and instantly pulling the Android app from the Play Retailer.
This weekend, Android customers have been greeted with a message explaining that the “app has shut down” (by way of Ars Technica). The Android app was slated to cease engaged on Android telephones on July 1, however the deadline was prolonged.
In an up to date weblog submit the corporate wrote: “The Android and Put on OS apps shut down on August 1, 2020. Subscribers who have been lively at the moment might be receiving a full refund. Climate forecasts and maps on the Darkish Sky web site stay lively.”
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For now, there’s nonetheless a keep of execution for the web-based model of the service, which is accessible by means of the browser, however Android customers should now search an alternate climate apps transferring ahead.
As Ars reviews, the change additionally impacts a bunch of Android builders who used the Darkish Sky API to energy their very own climate merchandise. These people can have till the top of the yr to discover a appropriate alternative, however it might be exhausting to match the standard on provide from Darkish Sky.
It’s now thought Darkish Sky will energy a future model of the inventory Apple Climate app that ships on iPhone, Apple Watch and iPad fashions.
A weblog submit from the Darkish Sky creators again in March stated: “Our objective has all the time been to offer the world with the very best climate info attainable, to assist as many individuals as we will keep dry and secure, and to take action in a method that respects your privateness.
“There isn’t a higher place to perform these targets than at Apple. We’re thrilled to have the chance to achieve much more folks, with much more influence, than we ever may alone.”
Chris Smith is a contract expertise journalist for a bunch of UK tech publications, together with Trusted Evaluations. He is based mostly in South Florida, USA.
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