Apple made a surprise acquisition of Dark Sky in March and there are signs that it’s already live in iOS 14. As part of this, Dark Sky is gradually being disabled for non-Apple devices and services, starting with a shut down of the Android, Wear OS, and web apps today.
The official Dark Sky app for Android was originally scheduled to stop working on July 1. Ahead of that deadline, the phone/tablet and Wear OS clients were pulled from the Play Store, thus preventing new users from downloading. Existing ones can still access the listing directly, or by visiting their “My apps” library list.
However, in a last-minute update, the Apple-owned company said it was extending the deprecation by a month. August 1 is now, and Dark Sky has stopped working. All weather data in the app returns 0 degrees, while there is an orange “The Dark Sky app has shut down” message.
Meanwhile, those that are still subscribed to the $2.99/year plan will receive a “full refund.” This has not occurred yet.
Weather forecasts, maps, and embeds from the Dark Sky website are also supposed to shut down today. However, it is still live as of Saturday morning.
Looking further down the shutdown schedule, third-party weather apps using Dark Sky’s data will have access until the “end of 2021.” The API continues to function for existing customers, but new sign-ups are no longer accepted.
Be sure to check out our guide on the best Android alternatives to Dark Sky.
Author: Abner Li.