You wouldn’t anticipate individuals to be passionate a couple of climate app, however Darkish Sky’s person base definitely qualifies. This “hyperlocal” climate consumer originated on iOS, however launched on Android in 2016. Now, it’s going back to an iOS exclusive following an sudden Apple acquisition. In case you’ve been having fun with the app, it’s in all probability time to take a look at alternate options.
Darkish Sky was a preferred app on iOS, but it surely emerged at a time when the enterprise mannequin for climate apps was altering. These companies aren’t low-cost to run, and plenty of apps that provided on-time professional upgrades have been struggling to stay worthwhile. Darkish Sky provided strong dwell climate knowledge with forecasts tailor-made to your particular location. iPhone customers have been glad to pay a couple of dollars per 12 months for a subscription to the app. The Android launch was rocky due to that mannequin — app subscriptions have been nonetheless a troublesome promote for Android customers, however the app ultimately racked up greater than 1,000,000 installs.
The acquisition got here out of the blue yesterday with a weblog publish on the Darkish Sky web site. Now that Apple is asking the pictures, Darkish Sky’s Android app goes the way in which of the dodo. The app will shut down on July 1, 2020, but it surely’s nonetheless obtainable for download within the Play Retailer for individuals who have already put in it. You may even purchase a one-year subscription on Android. Though, that choice (and the app itemizing itself) will in all probability vanish quickly sufficient. Anybody with a subscription energetic when the shutdown occurs will get a refund. It does have rudimentary free options, however these will cease working in July as effectively.
This acquisition can have wider-reaching penalties than the lack of one app. Darkish Sky additionally operates an API, permitting different apps to license its climate knowledge. It will go away, too, however not till the tip of 2021. That can give apps time to search out different climate APIs, however most of these companies are rather more costly than Darkish Sky.
It’s not even clear if Apple will proceed providing Darkish Sky on iOS for much longer. It might very effectively construct Darkish Sky’s forecast know-how right into a future model of iOS. At that time, the standalone app may not be obligatory anymore. No matter Apple does with Darkish Sky, Android people gained’t be invited.