App watch: Laggy Yahoo Weather, amazing Facebook Messenger

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Rain forecast information has a great animation that shows raindrops blending with rain icons. Rain forecast information has a great animation that shows raindrops blending with rain icons.
SummaryThe iPad variant of Yahoo Weather app has all the makings of an excellent weather app.

in the way it handles messages. When you send a message, it is slightly transparent while sending and becomes opaque when it has been sent. This is a nice touch, as opposed to the icons, loading bars or “sent” text seen in other apps.

Having said that, there are some things that need improvement. When an app is read by your friend, you will see “seen” written under the message. It would be nice to have a non-text way to convey this. Developers have managed to do the same for “sending” and “sent”. Another minor annoyance is the “sent from Messenger” text that appears when you're chatting with a friend who has also installed Messenger. This should be removed as a blue icon on the avatar indicates that they are on Messenger. Another problem is the delay between notifications and messages appearing in the iPhone app. Many times, I saw messages in notifications on the lockscreen, but when I opened FB Messenger, it took a few seconds to show those messages. The app showed a “connecting” message during the delay. I've noticed this in many iOS apps, so I'm guessing that this is an OS issue as opposed to an app bug.

Note: We tested FB Messenger version 3.1.1 on an iPhone 5S and Yahoo Weather version 1.5.1 on an iPad Air. At the time of testing, these were the latest builds available on the App Store. We checked for updates before filing the story. However, developers may have launched new features or fixed bugs by the time you read this.

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