Apple discontinues popular weather app Dark Sky on Android, Wear OS

Joanna Estrada
August 4, 2020

"Today we have big and important news to share: Dark Sky joins Apple", says the company's blog post. As part of this, the weather forecasting service is gradually being deprecated for non-Apple devices and clients.

Following the purchase of Dark Sky by Apple, its official app for Android was originally scheduled to stop working on July 1.

Users on Android now see a message reading "The Dark Sky app has shut down". Existing ones can still access the listing directly, or by visiting their "My apps" library list. It was finally shut down, a couple of months after Apple acquired it.

Dark Sky announced that there will be important changes, especially for those outside the Apple platform.

It is likely Apple will eventually close down Dark Sky fully, opting to integrate some of its features and technologies to the Weather app which is pre-installed on iPhone, although for now, Dark Sky remains on the App Store for $3.99. Subscribers who were active at that time will be receiving a full refund. Weather forecasts and maps on the Dark Sky website will remain active for the time being.

The Dark Sky website is also supposed to be taken down, but Apple has chose to give an unspecified extension on weather forecasts and maps. This delay serves as a workaround for mobile users.

Back when the Cupertino-based tech giant acquired Dark Sky, it was said that the app's API will continue to function till the end of 2021 and they will not be accepting any new signups to use the API.

Be sure to check out our guide on the best Android alternatives to Dark Sky.

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