Version 5.3 (12/16/2013)
This release fixes problems with tables and the menu button.
We also have addressed an issue with JUA (Puerto Rico) showing the time incorrectly.
Version 5.2 (12/01/2013)
In this version we introduce the new Google Location API. In previous releases, we used our own location system. Google has since developed and released a new location API which promises to be more accurate, faster and use less resources (specifically battery).
Issues with Android versions less than 2.2 have been addressed in this release.
Version 5.1 (07/09/2013)
Version 5.0 (06/19/2013)
This version features a new map interface for free users that allows panning to other stations besides the closest radar facility. It contains numerous enhancements and upgrades that are sure to satisfy all current and future RadarNow! users.
Version 4.2 (12/08/2012)
Two days (48) hours of hourly forecasts showing:
Other fixes and optimizations.
Version 4.0 (08/19/2012)
It may take up to five business days before you start receiving alerts after installing this version of RadarNow!.
NWS's Watches, Warnings or Advisories can be received using RadarNow!
National Weather Service Alerts can be received by RadarNow!. The default is for all alerts to generate a silent notification. You can change this to fit your individual requirements by using the option (menu-settings-options) "Action by event type" to customize how alerts are handled.
The alerts sent to your device are dependent on the county in which your device is currently located. If you used an override location, either through favorites or by entering a Zip Code, that will be the location used to determine what county to use for alerts.
When your location changes by about 10 miles, your county will be recomputed and if you've moved into a different county, any alerts that are currently active for that county will be sent to your device. Alerts for the county you just left will be removed from the list as well.
The default action can be configured using the option (menu-settings-options) with that name.
Alerts are delivered to your device within a few minutes after they are received by our servers, however, it may take up to 15 minutes for an alert to be received.
If there are active alerts for your area, and you've selected to receive that event type (see "Action by event type" in options menu), an icon will appear on the top status bar. The color of the icon depicts the most extreme active alert. Colors correspond to the color indicator on the alert list.
Selecting the Alert icon will open a list of active alerts.
Selecting an alert from the Alert List will display the details for that message.
Long press the alert in the Alert List to open up options for that alert.
The radar imagery in full view is being upgraded to reduce clutter and improve resolution. This rollout will occur for all premium users regardless of the app version being used. Technically speaking, the new radar is using NOAA WSR-88D Level III product NCR. Radar stations in precipitation mode are included with the full range of dbZ values. Radar stations in clear air mode will only have the top 5 levels shown to help eliminate clutter.
Our partner AdMob is providing banner ads on the bottom of the local view display.
Anyone, anytime may opt out of banners by unchecking the "Show banners" option (menu-settings-options). If you decide to opt out, your choice will remain active for 30 days, at which time the banners will return. Simply opt out again if you still choose to do so. Premium users who opt out will have their choice in effect until their premium status expires.
Banners will hide along with controls when tapping the screen in an unused area.
Version 3.8 (04/21/2012)
NEW Premium Feature
With this feature active, the map shows temperatures at various stations. Selecting one of these stations will bring up the current conditions of that location. Temperatures are updated about once an hour. This feature can be switched off by unchecking the "Show temperatures" option (menu-settings-options).
Hide Map Controls
Tapping the screen will hide the map controls (zoom, scroll bar). Tapping the screen again will bring the map controls back. The first time this feature is used, a banner will appear at the bottom of the screen with the question: "Where did the map controls go?" Selecting this banner will display help text describing this feature.
Current conditions shows a "picture" icon so you can see weather at a glance.
Major refactoring (internals)
Tile handling improved
Out of Memory issues improved
Overall performance enhancements
Version 3.7 (03/18/2012)
NEW Premium Feature
Save and use locations of interest.
To use a "long press," touch the screen on one spot for at least one second. A dialog box with the favorites options will appear once the long press is detected.
Version 3.6 (02/06/2012)
Location services are no longer required to use our app.
Find your location using USPS Zip Code. If location services aren't available or if your location can't be determined, you can use your Zip Code to pin point you on the map. The point will be the center of the Zip Code.
NEW Premium Feature
Find a location using USPS Zip Code. Select the icon at the top right corner of the display to access this feature.
Version 3.5 (12/07/2011)
These new features can be reached by selecting the icon in the "local" radar view.
"NCR" Composite Short Range Reflectivity radar.
Composite reflectivity displays the highest reflectivity of ALL elevations scans. When compared with Base Reflectivity, the Composite Reflectivity can reveal important storm structure features and intensity trends of storms.
"N0S" Velocity: Storm Relative.
This display is of radial velocity of the wind relative to the storm's motion. The result is a picture of the wind as if the storms were stationary. This often unmasks storms that rotate (supercells) which can be a precursor to the formation of tornadoes. Green colors indicate wind moving toward the radar with red colors indicating wind moving away from the radar.
"N0V" Velocity: Storm Relative.
This display of radial velocity represents the overall wind field. Green colors indicate wind moving toward the radar with red colors indicating wind moving away from the radar.
Full view radar motion is off by default. Having the full view radar in motion when it first displays causes the app to slow down and become less responsive as the view is panned and zoomed. This is due to a lot of radar "tiles" being requested from the server that won't be used. To resume the motion in the full view, just click on the "play" icon at the top of the display.
Version 3.4 (11/21/2011)
Version 3.3 (9/29/2011)
Radar Now! Driver keeps you current on weather as you drive. Whether across town or across the country, Radar Now! Driver shows you the storms coming your way.
Version 3.2 (9/12/2011)
Version 3.1 (9/5/2011)
The app has been totally re-written from top to bottom as well as every server process has been updated to handle a larger user base.
New free mode features:
Premium mode features:
Server load balancing
In previous versions, a single server handled all the load for the app. Now, up to four servers can share the load of the app. A server is assigned randomly each time the app starts.
If a server is unavailable (a 404 error), the app will automatically check the next one in the list instead of erroring out.
App ends quickly
The current version may cause CPU usage for several minutes after ending the app. The problem cropped up in 2.1 and is a bug in the OS, we found a way to work around it.
Select last known location
The current version calculates the device position each time, sometimes this can be a pain, especially when refreshing. This feature allows the user to hit the back key as soon as the location service is started to select the "last known location" instead.
Store app on SD card
Right now (07/9/2010), Froyo (2.2) is pretty rare, it's on the Nexus One only (officially) but starting next week, Droid owners will see an OTA update that will bring in Froyo. One of the outstanding features for 2.2 is the ability to store apps on the SD card, freeing internal memory and allowing more apps to be stored on each device. I think everyone will really like having this feature. We have made the required change to the app to enable this feature.
A bunch of internal changes have been made to increase stability and interoperability with Froyo, many won't be noticed by the average user, or at least that's the hope.
New launcher icons
We've added new icons for the various resolution screens that are now available. Users of Android 1.5 won't see any difference, the old launcher icon will stay but everyone else should see the new flat style icon in the correct resolution for their device.
App loops when held horizontally
This is a problem that mostly occurs on the Droid. It has been fixed.
Pushed UI Improvements