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March 30, 2017

IBM, Samsung bring Weather Channel app to Galaxy S8

The deal significantly bolsters The Weather Company’s global mobile audience.

By CBR Staff Writer

IBM and Samsung have joined forces to bring what they claim is world’s most accurate weather data to select Android smartphones.

The two companies have signed an agreement that will make The Weather Company the native weather data provider on Samsung devices, starting with the South Korean firms’ Galaxy S8 smartphone.

The deal will include powering Samsung’s weather widget and weather executions on select Samsung Android and Tizen products.

As part of the deal, The Weather Channel App for Android will be promoted globally in the Galaxy App Store.

The deal expands The Weather Company’s global mobile audience, allowing to reach hundreds of millions of further smartphone users in the next few years.

Last year, The Weather Channel created an exclusive weather experiences through an app designed for the Samsung Galaxy smartphones, including the Galaxy S7 edge, S6 edge+ and Note 5.

The Weather Channel App for Samsung is available via the Samsung Galaxy Apps store. The co-developed app was expanded to other platforms including Gear S2, tablets, SmartTVs and more.

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The Weather Channel is part of the Made for Samsung programme, and the app is in the Galaxy Apps and Gear Apps stores.

Commenting on the expanded alliance, The Weather Company CEO and general manager Cameron Clayton said: “This alliance with Samsung will put our weather information in millions of new devices, allowing us to serve crucial weather information to people in new markets across the globe.

“Collaborating in this way will also bring new opportunities to connect with users and expand our growing IoT business.”

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Samsung Electronics CTO of the mobile communications business Injong Rhee said: “We are committed to providing our consumers with the best weather data right at their fingertips, and we feel this collaboration will greatly enhance the experience for those Samsung users seeking weather forecasts, news and information and personal insights on how to plan their day.”

The Weather Company delivers about 37 billion forecasts daily. Its products include a weather app that runs on all major mobile platforms globally and the world’s largest network of personal weather stations.

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