Sun app shows off potential of mobile web apps

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Jakob Henner, a Copanhagen-based designer-developer has developed a very simple and elegant weather app, called, Sun. What makes it special? Well, it is not a native iOS app, but instead is a mobile web app. You can hardly tell the difference, though I found it working better on my iPad 3 that on my iPhone.  It uses the location feature of Safari to show off weather from up to four cities. You can swipe and pinch and customize the app by using between Celsius and Fahrenheit, picking your cities and themes. It is a great showcase of the potential of web-based mobile apps. Try it out at pattern.dk/sun and follow Henner on Twitter and Dribble.

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Terrence

It doesn’t load for me.. I just get the ‘Loading’ circle and it never goes beyond that. I can get to the settings and view the other locations, it just never fully loads.

Ben Brookshire

Looks like Google’s weather API outage has killed this project :/

ngennaro

Very nicely done. Might even replace my weather app if it got some std capabilities (add cities, quit asking my location, color code by the type of weather or time rather than random, etc.

Paul Kragan

I wonder how accurate it is? The built-in weather app from Apple (which you can’t delete) is a co-branded Weather Channel Yahoo and its forecasts have been lousy during U.S. the heat wave / drought this summer.

Ralph Haygood

The potential of mobile web apps is limited only by the willingness of the platform makers – Apple, Google, etc. – to grant them the same degree of access to hardware (e.g., cameras) and software (e.g., contacts) features mobile native apps enjoy.

Om Malik

Ralph

Good points. I am sure this will be a slow and reluctant transition/opening up for the platform owners as too much money/strategy is at stake via the “app stores.”

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