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Bye, SkySource: Ara Wagoner / Android Central

What you need to know

  • Apple shut down Dark Sky on Android at the start of August.
  • A developer has built a version of the app that does work, known as Darker Sky.
  • The app has most of the features of the regular Dark Sky app with the exception of paid features.

Dark Sky was a popular weather app that was purchased by Apple earlier this year. As a result, it no longer works on Android as of August 1, with fans having to find replacements. Now, one XDA community developer has re-created the Dark Sky experience — literally.

Dubbed Darker Sky, it's essentially the Dark Sky app itself back from the dead. It was built by reverse-engineering the Dark Sky APK and pairing with an iOS API key for the data. Everything works but "weather report submissions, weather notifications/alerts, and widgets."

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The folks over at XDA Developers provide some additional context, noting:

Darker Sky was made by a prolific developer and reverse engineer who wishes to remain anonymous since this modification was done on shaky grounds. The developer in question is well-known by us for their work on reverse engineering other popular applications, but they decided a low-profile release was more appropriate this time around.

As this app is on shaky ground, it'll be a surprise if it lasts too long. Don't expect it to be submitted to the Google Play Store because for the same reasons. You can grab the apk from Telegram

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if you're interested in keeping the Dark Sky dream alive a bit longer.

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