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Welcome to Droid Life 2.0…again (Updated)

As you may have noticed, things look a little different around here. Calling the new look “Droid Life 2.0″ is probably fitting. What we have done is taken the format from the last remake that was done almost two years ago, and made it so much more modern, minimalist and clean. Clean, is actually what comes to mind first when I look at it – that makes me happy. Hopefully it does for you as well.

So what exactly is new? 

  • Logo:  Well, you’ll notice that we have fully moved on to our new ultra-minimal logo that was made by our buddy Wayne back in February. It fits perfectly into the new look. You could almost say that we used it as a starting point.
  • Photos:  From there, we widened the post column for one purpose:  to give you even bigger and more beautiful images on top of every single post. That also means bigger and more enhanced video.
  • Featured Posts:  We added in a “Featured” posts bar that can be hidden with the simple click of a button in case it’s not your thing and want to have less in your face stuff going on.
  • Popular Posts:  If you ever wondered what the current batch of hot topics were, you can view them at the top of the right sidebar. It’s an ever-evolving and rotating batch of topics, so be sure to check it often.
  • New Look:  Other than all of that, it’s really just all about the clean and simple look to take us into 2012. You will notice the subtle tweaks here or there that really add to the experience that is Droid Life. We didn’t want to go all wild and outlandish on you, and instead kept things sort of the same…just better.

Over the next couple of days, be sure to let us know if you run into any major bugs and we will add them to the list that is already being worked on. A mobile version of the site should also be back in no time.

Update:  The Featured Post section should now remember whether you last had it closed or open. It will also load much faster than it previously had, meaning you won’t find that overlapping image issue. Some other minor tweaks were done to finish out the polish of the new look. And the option to toggle on the mobile site has been added at the bottom of the page.

A big thanks goes out to Coulee Creative for putting together the new look.

Definitely got to give props to our hosting company, Beyond Hosting, for working with us to hash out some last minute bugs. Since we switched to them about a year ago, we have had less down time than I think any other tech site on the planet.

And of course most importantly, a big thanks to the great community here at Droid Life that makes waking up and writing about mobile phones such a fun experience each and every day.

Let us know what you think!

  • Tankertough

    The droidlife app doesnt show up in the market anymore, or myapps in the market. Is something going on with the app or is it just my phone? The app is in my app drawer and it works it just isnt showing up in the market. I have a Droid3.

  • Anonymous
  • http://twitter.com/alexanderjlyman Alex Lyman

    still no mobile site?? thats to bad.

  • Mpickup9

    Weaksauce.

  • http://iamandroid.co/profile/rocktoonz Rocktoonz

    sexxeh!

  • Satya Chowdary

    is this the roboto font?
     

  • Dkbetts

    I dig it.

  • http://twitter.com/aosmitty andy smith

    Your article text is REALLY hard to read (XP/Chrome) but on a scale of 1 to 10, ten being Great and Gawker’s February redesign a zero, I’ll give you guys an 8.

  • Guest

    Hum…

  • http://twitter.com/Matt4542 Matt

    I don’t like it.

  • Trevor-kai

    I just got on for the first day this morning and was like DAYUM!!! lol I love the new look guys, and I was just thinking, “Yeah, it’s about time for a new look”.

  • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

    LD is what I see in the new logo. Redesign, Redesign,….

  • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

    Looks like a gay Neapolitan ice cream bar.

  • JennyC

    This  better?

    • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

      No, bad shade. Should be a dark vibrant red.

  • Jvrcb17

    Great work guys. I get on this site every day for my daily dose of Droid news, the new look is very easy on the eyes. 

    Cheers

  • Claire

    Looking good, although it took me a few seconds to realize the the logo is the home button.  [Laughing at myself].

  • Anonymous

    Site looks good! I would agree though; To….Much……Pink……

  • Larry

    Wouldn’t this be better?

    • Anonymous

      Yup, banners are too big though, everything is too big and needs to be downsized.  Font is horrible as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Korby/717438708 Mike Korby

    finally an update that doesn’t run blur, sense, touchwiz, etc…

  • Jeff

    Set the homepage to store a cookie if you close that featured articles slider. It hangs the site up while it’s loading it.

  • Anonymous

    Looks beautiful, Excellent work, PROPS

  • Mason Lammers

    Major props to you guys for the amazing site.  As always, THE BEST tech site since the origional Droid!

  • Yanni

    What’s with all the wasted white space?

  • viewthis66

    looks great! thank you for all your hard work. this is my go to site. period.

  • Anonymous

    Text is much easier to read now. 

  • Anonymous

    It looks like shit Kleenex.

    How much more pink can you put on one page?

  • Mack

    Bad Ass. I just realized that when selecting text on the new site, it highlights in Droid Life pink.

  • http://www.jedesignink.com Jessica

    As a graphic designer I have to look at your logo from a designers perspective. 1. With the L highlighted in pink it makes me read the L first which stands for Life. So the logo read as LIFE DROID instead of DROID LIFE. 2. I’m not sure why he selected pink. It comes off girly to me. Maybe he should of stuck to the green or a light gray.

    :-)

    • Mack

      The pink is awesome. Are you questioning the manliness of pink??

  • http://www.facebook.com/TJHRULZ tjhrulz

    Kellen an.droid-life and the store need a similar update, is that in the plans to add as well?

    I love the new look it is just the places that do not show it now stick out like a sore thumb.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1483493552 Jesse Mitchell

    I like the new look, but is there a mobile version? I like to view catch up using my phone, and it isn’t that great on mobile phone devices.

  • Greg Williams

    I like the look of the new site…but it’s definitely slower to load. And no my internet isn’t slow…bro

    http://www.speedtest.net/result/1571254906.png

  • FortitudineVincimus

    4. check the div settings on your splash page content scroller is I think you need to set a height and make overflow:hidden so that when the page loads, it does not quickly flash all 2 lines of slider content before going to 1 line.

  • Anonymous

    Not a fan of the featured stories up top. They load slow for me…

    • Anonymous

      huh huh  huh  huhuhuh ….. you said ‘load’

  • Ravnos CC

    Please fix the text in the comments section especially, I’m running 1680×1050 and it looks grey and fuzzy, kinda difficult to read now :(  I’ve tried zooming in, zooming out, and changing browsers, no luck on this screen :(

    • Guest

      Looks like it’s the way Chrome renders the text, I tried both IE and then Chrome, IE seems to look much nicer, too bad.

  • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

    Like the new look, but seriously what’s with all the pink?  Could you not have changed the color scheme?

  • Guest

    I would like to see more than just 40 comments displayed at a time……why not 100…..

  • Anonymous

    Very nice. Please update your favicon.ico and apple-bookmark.png icon as well if you have not done so already.

  • Anonymous

    The new design it’s magical and revolutionary!

  • Tucker Nebel

    I wonder if Droid-LIfe implemented the new Roboto font into their website?

  • Jason

    The more I’m using the site the more I don’t like the featured tab, I know you can close it but it’s more of a pain than helpful. The pics of what is in there just have a thing that says featured. It should at least have a small font of what the story is, maybe you guys can do it like on phandroid where they have em in a window and the stories highlighted scroll through each of the stories. Either way it needs work. JMHO

  • StormbladeX69

    Well… that last comment went thru, so “always” is incorrect. How about usually a comment “often” doesn’t update.

    MUCH of the time I can’t even get the Comment entry block to work until I close my browser (sometimes multiple times) and go back to a story. This was a problem with the old site version too though.

  • Matrix7

    I think the new look is great and very clean and clear!

  • StormbladeX69

    Everything is a bit too far to the left. Almost to the point of being cut off.

    Also my DISQUS posts/replies never seem to process, as far as it updating. It just keeps saying “Just a moment” until I refresh the page. So I think the action is happening, but the comments don’t update.