Introducing Poncho: a simple weather app for Android and iPhoneJun 14, 2011
Poncho is a dead simple mobile web app for viewing current and next-day weather conditions. It works on Android and iOS, although it's tailored for non-tablet smartphone devices like Android phones, iPhone and iPod Touch. It's a mobile web app instead of a native app, so it may work on even more platforms, but I haven't tested it on anything else. If you go to app.getponcho.com on your device's browser, you can bookmark and/or add the app to your homescreen and run it virtually just like a native app.
Poncho basically consists of 2 simple views: a weather tab and a locations tab. The app will automatically detect your location (if you allow it to) and you can add other locations just by entering a zip code, city or place name into the input on the locations tab. View the weather for any of your locations just by tapping on the location. On the weather tab there's also a radar button that will take you to a weather radar integrated with Google Maps.
Background and Tech
For obvious reasons I've been hugely interested in mobile development for the last year or so. Between that and all kinds of new UI frameworks and tools springing up on an almost weekly - if not daily - basis, I wanted to jump head first into developing something for mobile platforms.
I'm starting to put together some features and additions I want to make to Poncho, including adding a landscape orientation view. I'm also considering packaging and bundling the project using PhoneGap so that it could possibly be distributed through the Android market.
Note: Poncho's weather icons are the awesome Mobydock icons by Wojciech Grzankacomments powered by Disqus