I am sure you have heard or seen various aggressive adverts about My.T’s new baby – the My.T Weather application. It was officially launched on the 2nd of February and yes, there was quite a hype about that application especially after the continuous micro-climate changes happening in Mauritius. I have just had the time to seriously go through the My.T Weather application and I can tell you how disappointed I am.
I installed the app, went through it for about 5-7 minutes and then I uninstalled it. I even tweeted about it highlighting a major concern about the location feature which was utterly useless. I don’t know whether to feel relieved when I found that I was not the only person encountering that particular issue or whether to find it rude that My.T did not bother to fix that problem. Why should I find it rude? Simply because geo-location was brought up in the promotional campaign video1 (watch from 1:13 – 1:19).
Section 9 of the FAQ of My.T Weather published by Mauritius Telecom states:
Information on this app is being fed by official relevant authorities with regards to weather, major incidents and calamities. Mauritius Telecom is not responsible for the accuracy and validity of contents appearing on the my.t weather app. For more information, the relevant authorities should be contacted.
However, during the campaign, Mauritius Telecom made it clear that data was being pulled from Windy.com; then, which authority is that FAQ talking about? I reckon that rainfall data must be provided by the local meteorological office since we still rely on them.
Personally, I always use the Windows 10 weather application, it’s always updated and it is just one click away from the start button.
Getting back to the mention of Windy.com on the My.T Weather application- Windy.com provides a more accurate weather forecast and while I am in Providence the nearest forecast could be that for Quartier-Militaire. See below screenshot taken from Windy.com.
Sections 14 & 15 say that the default location of the app is Port-Louis and that the nearest weather station will be shown (I guess so if location services is enabled). The location remains Port-Louis no matter whether I am in Rose-Hill, St-Pierre or Providence. It makes me think whether there is a singular weather station (i.e Port-Louis) in Mauritius which would then make the application useless.
Nevertheless, not everything about this application is negative. I respect the team who worked on it and I think they did a good job when it came to the ‘Emergency info’ and ‘Emergency numbers’ sections. I seriously think that the information provided for these two sections are very helpful. So thumbs up for this part.
My.T Weather application was a good attempt but sadly, it did not win hearts(at least not mine).
Update - 4th March 2018
It looks like there has been some updates on the MyT Weather app. The team had a positive approach towards the blogpost and I re-downloaded the app to test it again especially for the alerts as one of the team member suggested:
noted. ;) . Working on the items you mentioned. Redownload it (not for the weather part) but for the alerts. It may help.— Naveesh (@naveesh18) February 18, 2018
There has been a positive update regarding the location feature - it says Flacq instead of Port-Louis, when I am in Providence. Still keeping my fingers crossed that it will say Quartier Militaire in the coming months. Another update includes the background animation in the dashboard; it looks good.
I receive notifications from the alerts section thrice a day. They have been quite helpful especially when I learnt that there was an « earthquake » near Mauritius on the 28th of February 2018.
However, the notifications are always blinking even after reading them all. It could be a bug with the app and that is a little anoying. I also noticed that the alerts order are messed up. Alerts issued at 12h00 coming before alerts issued at 11h00 do not seem right, do they?
The alerts section also includes three language options and you can see the flags as well as the translation for English and French. However, what I find slightly confusing is the random apparition of the Mauritius flag for some alerts. Yes, random because it is not always there. At first, I thought it was there because the Mauritius flag would stand for Kreol translation. Unfortunately, it clearly has no purpose there because there is nothing when you click on it.
The alerts section has four types of bulletins:
- Special Weather Bulletin - the alert is always written in lowercase (alerts are always around 10h00 to 11h00)
- Forecast Bulletin Mauritius - the alert is always written in uppercase
- Weather News For Mauritius - both alerts and « weather news for Mauritius » are written in uppercase
- Forecast Bulletin - I am still trying to figure out the difference between ‘forecast bulletin’ and ‘forecast bulletin - Mauritius’
Besides, I do not understand the purpose of lowercase and uppercase combinations here.
Finally, I can see that there is still room for progress. I apologize if the review seems harsh but it is the only app I find worth spending my time on because it’s useful and it deserves to be a good one.