Five apps to help you 'breathe' in Beijing

Updated: 2013-08-28 09:55

By Zhang Jiawei (

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2, Beijing Air Quality (by Longcat Labs)

Five apps to help you 'breathe' in Beijing

The app and its widget show the air quality index measured by the US Embassy in Beijing. It contains charts demonstrating the PM 2.5 index on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.

The user interface is quite simple and it is in both English and Chinese depending on what your phone's system language is. So if you are finding it hard to use air quality apps that only have a Chinese version, this one is for you.

The app allows you to create a widget on your home screen that informs you about the air quality whenever your screen is on.

The statistics from the US embassy are updated every hour, and so is the app. It shows the meaning of the pollution index, which lets you know whether it's suitable to go outside or not.

It's easy to use, but on the phone in this review, the picture at the bottom seems to be misplaced and the main reading is covered if you compare it with its description picture on Google Play.

Android users can download it from here (