We have some bad news for all the Android users of Dark Sky. Apple has acquired the popular weather application and will close down the access for Android and Wear OS users in July as reported by Dark Sky in a blog post.
“Our goal has always been to provide the world with the best weather information possible, to help as many people as we can stay dry and safe, and to do so in a way that respects your privacy,” Dark Sky co-founder Adam Grossman writes in the post. “There is no better place to accomplish these goals than at Apple. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to reach far more people, with far more impact, than we ever could alone.”
The Dark Sky application would not experience any changes for iOS “at this time” but it is available on the App Store for $3.99. However, if you are an Android user you will no longer be able to download it or even use it on Wear OS. If you already have it, then make the most out of it because they will be shutting it down on July 1st for all the other platforms.
But what about the subscription? Many people have already subscribed to the application for the entire year but don’t worry, you will receive a refund soon, according to Grossman.
Dark Sky’s API will operate “through the end of 2021” but as Grossman noted, it would not allow new sign-ups to use that API. This means that if your weather application uses information from Dark Sky, it would not be able to access it anymore.
So all your forecasts, maps, and other data would be limited till July 1st and the website will function after that date “in support of API and iOS App customers”.
You can check out their website and see that the branding has been updated to “Dark Sky by Apple.”