By popular demand, we've enhanced our Doppler Weather Radar app with Weather Alerts, Live Wallpaper AND Stand-alone modes and better compatibility with a wider range of phones.
NOAA Radar and Alerts is a Live Wallpaper which displays live radar images for the US location of your choosing. When enabled, the NOAA Radar and Alerts wallpaper will display live weather radar images obtained from the NOAA National Weather Service in your background. You can also enable the optional weather alerts. Choose up to five counties to receive alerts for, set your threshold and receive NOAA weather alerts as notification in your status bar.
This new "Pro" version includes the new stand-alone, launchable radar app in addition to the live wallpaper version. We've been getting slammed for the 'blank screen' problem that accompanied this new functionality and I've been working hard to solve it. This release includes a significant update which provides a 'Compatibility Mode' that remedies this situation on most phones. Compatibility Model also helps with the missing overlays some users have been experiencing. Please give us a good review if you like the app.
* Now includes Radar for Guam and Alerts for the Mariana islands
* Ability to select from any NOAA-supported US region
* Configurable layers: Radar + Topography, County Boundaries, Highways and/or City Labels
* Pinch/Zoom/Move to position your radar map
* Configurable update frequency
* Ability to use Weather Alert feature separate from Live Wallpaper
* Portrait or Landscape mode
* Optional Weather Alerts as notifications
* Receive alerts for multiple counties (US, Guam, and Virgin Isles)
* Any, Statement, Advisory, Watch or Warning alert thresholds
Install application, then select as wallpaper (from Home, touch: Menu key, Wallpaper, Live wallpapers). On the Settings screen, choose your Location and any other options settings, then touch "Set wallpaper". At the home screen, double-tap to enable positioning and pinch/zoom of the map - the wallpaper will respond to your left/right/up/down and pinch/zoom gestures. Double-tap again to exit positioning mode.
You can also zoom & position the app in the stand-alone mode and the settings will carry over to your wallpaper view.
You can receive NOAA weather alerts without using the NOAA Radar as your wallpaper. Just 'Enable Alerts' unders Settings and leave your wallpaper alone.
Compatibility Mode should help with some devices that are experiencing the 'blank overlays' issue. When compatibility mode is on, the app will operate the same as it does on low-memory device: Overlays are merged to conserve graphics memory and displayed on top of radar. Topographic overlay is not available. Overlays are cropped to 512 pixels high, leaving small top and bottom margins in the overlay.
NOTE that past radar images may not always be available from NOAA - Updates are dependent on the availability of an internet connection and images published by NOAA.
One of the two NOAA data feeds this app uses to determine which images to fetch is currently broken. This is a NOAA issue and we have informed them of the problem, but this release includes an important temporary workaround fall back to the older, but still working method. When NOAA corrects the problem, we will release another update.
This release also includes a fix to be more tablet-friendly.