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Welcome to the New Droid Life

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As many of you noticed last night and this morning, we’ve undergone some major changes around here. We are proud to introduce you today to Droid Life 3.0. It has been two years since we last revamped the site, but in my biased opinion, this is the biggest and best change yet. There are a lot of cool things going on, so let’s talk about them. 

Responsive Layout

This is one of those one site built for all type of changes, or in other words, a responsive layout. No matter what you are viewing the site on, whether it be tablet, phone or desktop, you won’t have to request mobile or full versions of the site, the site will change automatically for you. To test it for yourself, grab the corner of your browser right now and drag it inwards. Neat, right?

I can’t even tell you how many times that you, the reader, have requested a mobile version of the site. And truthfully, there always was one, it was just hard to find. But going forward, you won’t have to worry about finding one, clicking “view mobile,” or any of that other tedious stuff, as the site will adjust depending on your screen size. Yes, mobile is go. Tablet layout is also go. All sizes are go.


From the beginning of this redesign, we wanted to see how big we could make things, yet still have the site remain functional. If it’s not obvious already from the desktop version, we went really big. We’re actually already toning some of it down thanks to immediate feedback, but we really want images to be in your face; for headings and quotes to stand out. We’re moving into a time where screens have higher and higher resolutions, so had we kept things down a notch, we worried that it wouldn’t be future-proof and things would look too small in the near future. I’d imagine that the next computer you buy is going to have a retina-like resolution if it doesn’t already.

So here we are, with our big beautiful, image-heavy Droid Life 3.0. It might take some getting used to, but I think the more you look at it, the more you’ll like it. Especially as we fine tune everything to be just right. Take our Nexus 5 review for example – holy gorgeous. Oh, and assuming we can step our photography game up to make pictures worthy of this new look, that should help.

And if the BIG is simply too overwhelming, you can always adjust the zoom in your Chrome browser. I know that’s not an ideal fix, but things slim up nicely at around 90%. You can access zoom by heading into Settings>Show advancing settings…>Zoom.

Other Stuff

  • Persistent Top Menus:  From the home page to individual post pages, we’ve given you tools that stick to the top of the site even as you scroll downward. You’ll see shortcuts to get you back home, for sending in tips, quick buttons for sharing, a search box, and even some of our favorite links to places like our DL Show page or reviews. This is one of those things we can add to over time, so if you’d like to see something added, be sure to let us know.
  • That DL pink, tho:  Did you really think that we’d go away from one of our trademark looks? Of course we kept the pink around. It’s not going to overwhelm anyone (at least we hope not), but it’s there, especially as you hover over items.
  • Previous and Next Stories: At both the top and bottoms of individual posts, you’ll see buttons to get you to the previous or next stories. In the past, you had to jump all the way back to the main DL page to find the next story, so we decided to make it easier for you to continue reading.
  • Older Posts:  As time permits, we’ll do our best to bring older posts up to snuff. Thanks to the way we were creating posts in the past, they weren’t exactly tailored for such a big change, but we’ve got some ideas to make them look much prettier over time. Stick with us there. For the daily readers, going forward you’ll see everything fit ever-so-nicely into the new theme.


Guess what? We like feedback. We don’t necessarily like assholes, but we do love it when people make thoughtful and helpful suggestions. It’s a new site after all, designed by us with hopes that you’d love our vision. But you the reader are the most important piece to this whole gig of ours, so if you aren’t happy, we want to make you happy. We’d love for you to give us feedback in the comments or via email over the next few weeks so that we can make adjustments to the site as needed.

Also, we’d like to give a shoutout to our friends at Coulee Creative who put this together. This is the 3rd site redesign they have done for us, and we couldn’t be happier.

  • vidit

    Its nice u keep it updated

  • -DS-

    I miss the pink highlight when you selected text to copy/pasta.

  • Ray

  • HarvesterX

    Not being able to switch into DeskTop mode sucks. Granted, there isnt one. But with a screen resolution that is higher than my previous monitor on my older (not that old) PC, I should be able to cram a lot more in and I can’t now. I’m far from having good site either.I’m 20/30 WITH glasses, and I keep my font as tiny as I can take it.

    The persistent menus? I’m not seeing them. Just Facebook, Twitter, and G+ Life counters.

    A HUGE plus though. The web designer FINALLY got rid of the plagueing invalid cross referencing between domains which drove me crazy and resulted in me not using this site for a good while (instead I went to XDA and did some degelooement… Shameless plug,.in general G2 dev I have an actual useful “lagfix” utility)

    I’ll give this a few days. Overall I seem to like things, it’s just new. I do prefer it to the old but just miss a lot. Scaling on screen size seems off for some reason though…shouldn’t it be scaled by screen resolution? Dunno, haven’t done HMTL/XHTML in ever. I also have a hosts file blocking any ads so might remove that and check again.. Good job … yeah there’s a few things I’m getting used to but much improved

  • Max

    I’m not a fan at all. Everything’s way too big. Readability has been severely reduced (desktop and mobile).

  • Tony

    DL crew, I whole heartedly agree with the numerous commenters that the arrangement of photo, title, byline is very very confusing. I find it hard to quickly scan the website and find the new layout incredibly visually confusing… especially on mobile devices. I like the big, bold new look and overall I like what you are trying to do. However, the structure of the feed is tough on they eyes. I usually visit DL several times a day but since the redesign I find that I now go to Feedly to see updates b/c I don’t have the navigate the visual clutter.

    All of that said, DL is still my favorite Android site. The staff is great, the content is strong, and the DL community is generally WAY more positive and enjoyable than most sites. The troll to non-troll ratio seems to lean heavily non-troll… which just makes life and gadget news so much more enjoyable.

    Thanks for all the great work, and regardless of site design, I’ll always be a fan.


  • Aime Eerin

    But you the reader are the most important piece to this whole gig of ours, so if you aren’t happy,

  • I agree with the others on having the title above the picture… it makes it seem as if the next picture belongs to the story from the previous post…. just my opinion. The design is beautiful and fresh though, I like it!! Thanks guys!

  • Kyle Coppess

    I love Droid Life. I will always come here to read about Android and to listen to the podcast. In fact, in Chrome I have all my tech sites in one folder and Droid Life is the first one there (above Android Police, Android Central, Engadget, etc).

    That being said, I’m not a fan of the redesign. Title needs to be before pic. Center justified title looks odd. Font is way too big. As you suggested, yesterday I turned the zoom down 10% for this site. Came on here this morning, and the first thing I thought was, “Damn, I need to make the font smaller”. I went to do it, then remembered I already had. And there is no real separation between articles. I like to scan and scroll the entire homepage to see all the articles I haven’t read yet, then pick what order I read them in. So now when I do that, it’s hard for me to figure out what’s what.

    And lastly, I sort of get your logic that you are trying to ‘future proof’ the site. That being said, I just got my laptop about a year ago (1920×1080). I won’t be getting another laptop for a few years. I think most people are like me in that way, and it’s not like 4k laptops are right around the corner or anything. The pics are way too big as well. If you want them big in the article after we’ve clicked on it to read it, that’s fine. On the home screen though, it’s too much. On my Razr Maxx HD (with 4.7 inch screen) the site is impossible to read. Before I could see at least a couple of article on screen at the same time. Now the pic and headline alone take up the ENTIRE SCREEN. That’s just silly. I’ve actually started using Play Newsstand to read Droid Life now, because the mobile version of the site is awful (sorry).

    Bigger isn’t always better.

  • Edward Smith

    Please increase the contrast and font size of the “Older stories” and “Newer stories” page nav bar at the bottom of each page of posts. With this recent stylistic change it visually blends into the background. While everything else is high contrast big fonts the page nav buttons are smaller fonts and seem to be almost intentionally hidden now for reasons that are unfathomable to me.

  • Yakuzahi

    Sorry but I don’t like it.

  • Fabokid

    I really love the new look….

  • Brandon Golway

    I’m liking it, now if you guys could figure out how to get rid of that stupid list that keeps popping up whenever you upvote something it would be perfect! That thing is so damn annoying, especially when using a mobile browser!

  • Stephen

    I do not like the new look at all. It is very hard to read, and appears to have little separation to the eyes. I think having the title before the picture might help, but I still do not think that is the overall issue. I think the issue is the overall style. I think the titles being centered, the large font, the insanely large pictures, and the pictures being separated without a clear border between articles make the site extremely hard to read. I do not think I will completely abandon the site, but I will not visit it as much (10+ times a day). I will probably only come once a day at most now because I find the site way too hard to follow.

    I think having things on the sites main page small, and easy to scan is the most important thing for me as a reader. Then, I can scan the article, and decide if I want to read further and go inside. I do not need a large picture, etc to do so. I need something simple to give me an overview, and not in depth in my face introduction. I think having a small picture which can still be view-able, off to the side of the title, and having smaller font will allow me to not have to worry about scrolling so much on my phone, or having to scale my browser to an insane amount on my PC.

    I think what best describes the site now is it is in your face. The site is now that way instead of being informative, quick, and easy to navigate.

  • Drummer62

    I think the title at the top than the photo than the author info at bottom would look nicer. Just my opinion.

  • Guest

    Maybe make the font a little heavier? Some of the letters have a jagged thin look, while others seem overly thick.

  • tomn1ce

    For a second I thought I had gone to the wrong site and that my bookmark was kind of loco….The new look looks nice, but I think the title of the article should go above the picture. I thought it was my computer that I screwed up the fonts size I had to manually change the zoom in the setting. I notice a few complaining about the font size.

  • mgamerz

    The images are just way too large. I don’t even know if the titles are for the picture above or the one below it. It makes me scroll a lot more than I used to, they need to be smaller. Maybe make them bigger when clicked on instead.

  • Looks good, I like it 🙂

  • Scott Webber

    The main issue I’ve had with the redesign was on my Mac Book Pro 13″ – It is really hard to see enough on that vertically short screen. Make sure that images shrink down based not only on the width of the browser, but also based on height. Otherwise, I like the large look and feel.

  • 88chevy

    DL is now slower for me and looking at Google PageSpeed Insights it
    is clear to see why. With it’s 11 javascripts and 8 stylesheets. The
    super large photo above the centered “title” makes reading harder. Add
    the jumbo share buttons that seem to be EVERYWHERE, I get it, you want
    us to share it so you get more viewers but it’s just to much. Don’t need
    a share button at the stuck to the top header bar, every post and every
    single page. Hope DL 4.0 comes soon. 😉

  • Michael swaim

    I like the new look…. And yes Do NOT change the pink. The site looks great in this shade of Grey and pink.

  • Ron Perlman’s Jaw

    The site is absolutely HUGE on a 22 inch monitor.

  • Joel Gautraud

    My honest feedback (as a graphic designer):

    Stick to left-aligned text for your headlines (on the main page and in the articles). The center-aligned text is just out of place with your article layout, headers, and masthead. I think that would improve the nice redesign.

  • Silver Veloz

    I just got through reading all the Bios. Cool. Where’s Ron’s Bio?

  • REITdude

    Hate it 🙁 Pix are WAY too large, and tiles below the pix make it difficult to scroll through. It looks like my Mom’s PC with disability feature giant fonts turned on

  • Dan Richards

    I’m sure someone else has said it, but it’s a little muddled when it comes to distinguishing between articles. Otherwise the overall direction and choice looks more modern and in keeping with trends.

    • RavnosCC

      Agreed, once I zoomed out, it was easier to at least look at, but it is more difficult to tell where one article ends and the next one begins…

  • Emilio Echezuria

    Simple, de fácil lectura, botones y titulos con diseños rectos elegantes…… Excelente pagina.

  • J. Gilbertson

    Definitely needs to go “Author bar”, title, picture, text body. Of course in that order it doesn’t make sense for the Author bar to include “by”. Just needs name. Or you can do title, author (get rid of the grey author bar), picture, text. Just my opinion.

  • jaluke

    i don’t like the picture located above the title of the article.

    • RavnosCC

      Maybe that’s the issue with trying to figure out which pictures belongs to which title…

  • thefullritz

    Love the new layout. Would like it if you put a time stamp next to each post.

  • Ztw1217

    Love the new look! so shocked when I first saw it and there wasn’t a mention of it at first. I believe that the desktop version should not change at all. Perfect!!! but while using my phone, i dont like the fact that after all the news feed and getting to the previous page or stories, if you keep scrolling, tons and tonsssss of ads… i liked the older desktop so the ads were on the right side and i could just zoom in a little more to ignore them. Love the look altogether and stick with pink!

  • fgonzo98

    Looks sharp! *approved* LOL

  • Tomek G

    It is nice clean layout, but I had to reduce size of it to like 66-75% to make it readable. It seems to be tailored for blind people

  • John Malin

    Maybe add a little more weight to the font? Some of the letters look really jagged in some places, and thin in others, and then others seem bolded? Makes it a little difficult to read from more than a foot or 2 away. Maybe it’s just my browser, but you can see here…. http://imgur.com/h5HMIw9

    The W and the O look jagged, while the D is thin on the curve and thick on the stroke, and the L and I seem thick.

  • Love the new look. Super clean, great colors

  • droidify

    One of the reasons I come here is because you guys take photography serious. Beautiful site. I can’t wait to see the new pics if you thought the old were sloppy.

  • Eric Esparza

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the fact that the mobile site comes up right away. That was a pleasant surprise and a much welcomed change. Kudos!!!

  • pseudonym_b

    The one thing I miss is the pink highlighting of text. Can you bring that back? I feel like its just one CSS line that just wasn’t included.

    Also I think having the title above the picture on the main feed is a slightly better organization, but that could just be because I’m not used to it yet.

  • Brandonvazq

    To Kellex and the entire droid-life staff, great job keeping us updated with android news over the years. That aside, the title on the bottom of the image really kills the vibe for me on this site. I usually scroll down and read the titles and determine what i’m going to read/view from there. Having the title on the bottom confuses me as i’m not certain what image the title is belongs to. Anyways, keep up the good work guys!

  • Emily

    Either the majority of readers are 65+ or blind, or they launched a mobile site w/o a desktop version. I need to go buy a 4k resolution monitor just so I see more than half a post at once.

    • Emily

      Yep, definitely only a mobile site. Looks terrible on my Desktop but fantastic on my phone, except for the persistent top bar that takes up like 10% of my screen…

  • bryoneill11

    A few suggestions
    1. Keep the old Droid Life Font please
    2. In mobile version there’s a gap between the Logo and the Search button… You can use that space to include Droid LIFE (The old font please)
    3. In desktop version theres the same gap between the Logo and the “share this story” words in the banner. Use that space to include Droid LIFE (The old font)

  • wHyTeCoUnTrY

    Looks awesome. No complaints.

  • FerrariBauer

    I have observed the site closely and came to the conclusion that the site looks very much like Google now with card based layouts and boundaries. Looks pretty Amazing. Hats Off Droid-Life.

  • MrBigStuff

    I don’t like that I have to scroll through two screenfuls of ads to get from the articles to the comments. Not to mention the ad between the image and the article text, and that ridiculous banner ad about ebooks that shows up every time I load a page and is next to impossible to close. I understand you have to make money off of the site, but it’s really killing the experience on mobile. I think subtler ads would help a lot.

  • Jeff Schroeder

    Totally awesome! I LOVE the redesign.

  • kyle

    Site makes me fell like special needs. …..no offense!

  • jbdan

    Took me forever to figure out when you said to “grab the corner of your browser and drag it inwards” that you meant on a pc/desktop. I’ve been trying to do it on chrome on my tablet and phone…..=)

  • cwillen

    The site looks great, but is it just me, or is the search feature not working? The box is “there” in the code, but it’s not showing up on the page.

    Was the supposed to be a jQuery click-to-expand?

  • sski66

    Great job fellas’, Sun night when I went to the site I was like did I hit the Youtube or G+ site by mistake, hahaha, I really think it has that “Google Services” new look, the Card look, & I think that’s a good thing.

  • jbdan

    A great upgrade I really like everything about it. Well done all of you

  • Travis H

    Think we can get the title bar design with the lines in DL pink as an Android Home screen background?

  • ManBearPig618

    Looks great IMO. Nice job guys.

  • chucklehead322

    Overall, I like the layout. Although… I’d prefer the titles above the pictures.
    The text is also “out of focus” and choppy. I did the old CTRL+/CTRL- to zoom in/out but it didn’t help. Why not have buttons to increase/decrease the text size to the readers preference?

    And ya gotta keep the pink!

  • Matt

    I’d like a way to just see the article titles with nothing else, especially on the phone. I come here for news. I don’t need the pictures or anything else, unless they are relevant to the article (i.e. a phone release). In that case, I’d rather see them after I find an interesting article than before.

  • Jordan Long

    just a heads up(didn’t read all of the comments), on mobile your video thumbnails are not scaling to width like images.

  • terry12s

    Droid Life – a little suggestion from me is that I would prefer the article title and picture to swap locations. I prefer having the title above the picture. Just my opinion though.

  • Terry West

    I love the new look!! Reminds me of Google Now card layout. Keep up the good work!!

  • Jeff

    *Like the new setup!

  • Jeff

    Like to be setup!!!

  • Craig P

    I think you guys need to update your personal bios. Good update.

  • Mason Lammers

    Love the change!

  • shooter50

    Great job guys. Keep up the good work!

  • baniels

    Does the typeface look like this for everyone? Doesn’t look right.

    • mgamerz

      It’s the roboto font they use, it looks terrible on a lot of monitors. It was made for high dpi screens I think since I don’t see this issue on android phones.

  • Brian Wolfman

    The pics or something is just too big. I cant scroll through your page and see whats going on. Its almost unusable, to the point i dont like going to droid-life.com anymore. You have to fix it or make some kinda change or Im not sure I can go on here.

  • Noneya

    How about giving an option to disable the comments for those of us who don’t want to see them. Site would load faster on mobile as well.

  • Dan

    Wow, big is right. Unfortunately we all don’t have high res monitors and the site is frankly almost unusable on my pathetic 1366×768 laptop, and zooming just makes it worse with huge side bars and just a narrow part of the site in the middle. Site works better on my phone due to vertical nature, but you need to compress the site vertically somehow. with displays all going widescreen, spread that way instead

  • PhillipCun

    I guess D-L didn’t like my analysis of their site and deleted my comment… Anyway, love the site, been a fan for years. Hope you guys take my notes and consider them at the very least.

  • angermeans

    Very nice gentlemen. Droid Life 2.0 was almost unusable on my retina iPad Mini, iPhone 5s, and Nexus 4 (hell, it was even slow on my rMBP some of the time. I wonder if this is more to the comment system then your site thought). It was so laggy all the time, but this new version is very fast and looks excellent.

  • Caezar07

    For the love of all that’s good, please make the images and titles smaller. And the “Read More” bottom bar where it has the facebook, twitter, and g+ buttons needs to be thinner. I can barely view both the image and title to an article on my screen at the same time. My laptops screen isn’t that high of a resolution at 1366×768, but I would think that I would be able to see view most websites as they are intended. I don’t see anyone enjoying the new format unless their screen is at least 1440×900.

  • Zee Masai

    Soooo Smoooooove!!!!

  • MKader17

    Was going to write a comment on the Nexus 5 review but I found that the new site is unusable to write comments on a Moto X in landscape orientation. The lame Facebook twitter Google plus bar covers the rest of the screen real estate that the keyboard doesn’t.

  • Minh Nguyen

    Wow, I love the new website design! The design is so clean and simple. And it’s much more easier to navigate around the website now. (:

  • Trueblue711

    LOVE the new site design. I also really like how everything is BIG. As we move to higher PPI screens, I find myself having to increase the font size via the browser anyway. Keep up the great work Droid Life!!

  • jboogie1289

    Looks Awesome!! I wanted to post last night but I guess you guys were making it do what it do!!


  • Mark

    Gonna go full brain-dump, here.

    First of all, *love* the responsive design. Looks like you’ve already taken a lot of feedback to heart regarding article title location and font size, because both look great on mobile and desktop. The image-centric look is very clean, and it really shines in your RSS feed. Beautiful!

    Some specific suggestions:
    1. Compact or relocate the “Related Stories,” “Also on Droid Life,” and “Prev/Next Story” blocks at the bottom. Their present location and layout puts a LOT of distance between the article and its comments.
    2. Remove the “Prev/Next Story” block from the top. Having it both at the top and bottom is repetitive.
    3. Remove the “Share This Story” text. We all know what those buttons will do. Can probably make them slightly narrower.
    4. Move the “Share This Story” block to the bottom of the article. Readers will probably make that decision *after* reading. Yeah, I know it floats as you scroll. More on that.
    5. Reorder the article headers. Right now, it’s Author+Tags, Share, then Title, then Image. I suggest Title+Author, then Tags+Share, then Image. Combine with #3.
    6. Maybe put Tags, Related, and Also On near each other, since they’re all ways to find similar content. (Related is probably powered by tags anyway, right?)

    All in all, a fantastic effort that is still improving before my eyes. Between this, your consistent quality coverage, and your rock-solid Moto X recommendation (happy buyer here), you’ll keep me coming back. Thanks for all you guys do!

  • GVLBob

    On a tablet, the right column is much too large… almost as wide as the left column. And the actual text is a small percentage of the overall view.

  • e

    I also agree that the title below the picture is making it difficult to determine which picture goes with which blog entry. I think the problem is exacerbated by the fact that the card-like view is so subtle (i.e., white on light gray). If you want to keep the titles below the picture, maybe put a dark border or drop shadow at the very top of each picture that flows downward with a gradient that fades after 1-2 inches. That way, I think the gradient will direct the reader downward from the darkest portion to the lightest, quickly showing which text is associated with which picture.

    I also think the pictures are a tad too large. When I bring my browser to about 80%, it looks truly gorgeous. But, so much of that is lost because you are seeing what seems like a blown up version. Forest for the trees, so to speak.

  • PhillipCun

    The UX needs some serious work:
    – Previous/Next Story (Top) – Top cluster of these buttons is attached to the nav bar which get confusing because my initial thought it that it should be attached to the article container
    – Previous/Next Story (Bottom) – You’re offering related stories AND next/prev story buttons. I get that you want to give users options, but options can make the experience worse. Offer only one; either Related stories or next/prev buttons
    – Related Stories cards – Longer titles will create uneven height in cards. Set a fixed height or overflow
    – Author and tags? – Placement is separated by the dark share bar, creating a disconnect of content that it should be attached to. The hierarchy of information doesn’t make sense and typically article titles are accompanied by author and post date right below. The author icon (sorry) is a nice touch but adds no value to me as a reader and should consider being removed or a different treatment
    – Content area – Margins are HUGE and create jagged edges of where margins are set for all your content. Your related story. prev/next buttons, and comments all have different margins. Consider lining these up. Also consider creating a guide for all content types and how they will render in this area. Play with typography because you guys decided to use a LARGE font without considering the weight of the font. Your font is too weighted (bold) and makes this site feel very heavy. Consider a thinner (lighter) font or set of fonts and define what is copy, headlines, sub-lines, quotes, hyperlinks, buttons, etc. This will help establish consistency especially with your hyperlinks.
    – Ad placement – I get it. You need it. I put ads all over my sites when I ran them. But the placement doesn’t seem like they’re well thought out and just stuck there after the layout was designed. They should always fit nicely to be more hidden in the layout. For example, the related story card heights (and maybe widths) should be the same as the 300×250 ad to mask it more.
    – Docked bar – Consider what your user might need this for. If you’re just sticking things in here because you want to promote your articles then test it and revisit if it is helping. Adding things the users don’t need or want will create a negative experience
    – Responsiveness – I welcome this change, but some things still need to scale and reflow better.

    These are very high-level notes and I’m not sure who your designer is but I hope this is helpful. This is the best I can do as a reader to provide you with my thoughts, however, it will take a well-educated designer to iterate and improve your site. I hope you guys hired a UX designer to help you out because their input will be crucial in many of your decisions.

    Source: I was a digital entrepreneur in HS. Now I work at one of the best ad agencies in LA managing digital projects to create websites, banners and other digital products. I also have been studying UX for the past year. I am available for UX work, please contact me if interested.

  • Trevor

    Never get rid of the pink, no matter what anyone says. It’s like a DL trademark. Haven’t cruised the site much since the change, but it seems pretty good so far. Definitely a big change.

  • sk3litor

    First let me start off by saying I love this site. This is where I started my android education and this is where I plan on staying. That being said I honestly dont really like it. It feels to much like an app to me. I only view it from my phone which is why I always liked the desktop version. I made me feel like I was looking at it on a desktop. Now it kind off feels like ill always be missing something . I guess ill get used to it but ill always give it to you straight. Dont get me wrong though it looks really good for what you did, I just prefere the old desktop look.

  • zmr333

    Now I have to debate on whether to use Newsstand or the mobile site

  • Sergio Meraz

    Nice. Like it

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  • noc007

    First, it’s not a bad redesign; the focus on the main page being in the search box after a mouse over is a nice touch. I do have some suggestions to make it better and I’ll try to not be so nit picky. To me the whole site feels clunky and bloated (visual size, not speed) right now. My screen has 900 vertical pixels and the site doesn’t feel as friendly to this native resolution; I found zooming out with my browser made it better, but the comments section suffered. Having 1080 pixels, it’s less pronounced and not as bad. On a Note 3 with the mobile site it’s not as bad, but could benefit from the same suggestions.
    – Please put the titles before the pic. With how big everything is, it’s helpful to have some context. It would be even better if one could see a good portion of the pic and read the summary.

    – The top bar needs to occupy less vertical space. It’s too big for what function it serves.
    – The bar at the bottom of the summary needs to be shorter vertically as well. Same reasoning as above.
    – Desktop site may benefit from just a tad smaller article pictures. I’m a bit torn on it, but it may benefit to a have slightly smaller article pics for the main page and large pics for the article. On the mobile site, it’s perfect so please don’t mess with that.

  • fartbubbler

    love the new look!

    I’m wondering how to implement the new “Website Update” card on Google Now. Where (for example), you said when the GN update rolled out that “users can predetermine a blog they enjoy (like DL, for example), and choose to have updates from that site to appear inside of Google Now”.

    How can I make this happen?

  • Tom Z

    So far I’m liking it. One thing though, I wish it was clearer where the next story starts. They almost all just blend together. Maybe a little more white space between stories. With a quick glance, it’s not clear if the “Read More … Comments” bar is for the previous story or next story. Thanks again for some great content.

  • Jason

    That ad that lags and bounces down the screen when you scroll on mobile kills it for me. Sorry guys

  • XboxOne

    The new look looks awesome on my LG Optimus G.

  • Looks lovely and didn’t take away the pink

  • terry12s

    I really like to site redesign. It loads extremely fast on desktop and mobile. In fact, I was hoping that you guys would update your website sometime in the near future as I had noticed that many other websites had done so already. Way to go Droid Life! Keep up the great work!

  • RetsuUnohana

    Wow Love it.. Noticed it the first day.

  • Franz

    Amazing change guys. It’s elegant, and it flows nice.

    Great job!

  • Christopher A Ryan

    I dislike the new site. The forced vertical resize makes me scroll to much. Its no longer just load site and two swipes you see everything and zoom to what you see interesting.. I miss the full desktop view. This sucks now trying to read the site. It’s not efficient at all.. It looks nice but functions like poo.

  • triangle8

    Love the redesign on my phone

  • mgamerz

    I hate the roboto font android uses and that’s on this site. It doesn’t work with my DPI on my screen and a lot of other monitors I have and it makes text impossible to read.

  • phandroid

    My suggestion for the phone site is to make the gray bar at the top smaller, and widen the margins. I want to be able to fit more text on my screen!

    • terry12s

      I agree, wider margins on my phone would be nice. The margins are perfect on my N7 though. One other thing I would like is for the picture and title to swap places. I prefer having the article title above the picture, but that’s just my preference.

  • Kam Banwait

    So you updated the site .. I’ve not been taken, 3 times and counting, to the App Store without clicking anything!

    I’ve added screen shots!

    There’s some CSS showing too!

  • pj

    Social network buttons take up way to much screen real estate on Moto x. Especially in landscape. Other than that looks good. Oh I also prefer headlines above pictures but I can get use to it below.

  • La2da

    It is great user friendly and smooth

  • skinja9

    You need more space between each post. As it is now on the main droid-life page, there is not enough room between each story. So it is not immediately clear which photos are associated with which post…the one above or below.

    The title of each post should be at the top of the post. The title should not be below a photo for that post.
    Know what I mean?


    • skinja99

      Please get rid of or hide the constant facebook, twittir, g+ bar at the top of the page. It is literally wasting 10% or more of the page.

  • Stevedub40

    I would like to say that I love the new look and I really like the new layout. As you mentioned, it fits nicely on whatever device you are viewing the site from. Congrats on version 3.0! Who would have thought this small Motorola Droid enthusiast site would turn into the greatest Android site to date. Keep up the good work guys and I hope we have many more years to come 🙂

  • Jon

    You should put the article images under the headline.

  • Simon Belmont

    It’s very nice. I think it’s a big improvement.

    I love it when sites dynamically change to fit the screen I’m using. Well done.

  • Jason13L

    Love it!

  • Kisuk3

    Very clean, loads super fast and looks great on the Nexus 7!

  • trixnkix637

    I still remember the dark ages of my Android existence, when a Verizon store employee (of all people) told me that I could do great things with my Droid X if I were to root it and said I could find the instructions on a website called Droid-Life. 3 yrs and some change later and I can’t imagine DL not being a part of my life. Even won a contest once on here. So thank you guys for this making this my most visited site throughout my day, I’m sure IGN doesn’t mind being second 🙂

  • Rodeojones000

    Navigating through this story on my G2 is so much easier and nicer thanks to the new layout. Well done guys. I’ll have to check it out on my Nexus 10 later today.

  • Droid Ronin

    I like the change! But I noticed that the preview pictures no longer show up in my Pulse feed. It’s all text now.

  • Kevin

    I see your site is running Android version 4.2 🙂

  • Michael Chediak

    I think the new site looks great!!

  • Jerry

    I like it. Enjoying how clean everything looks.

  • Nicolas Pipitone

    Site looks great. Super slick and easy to read and navigate. Not sure where people are having issues. Looks great on Computer, Laptop, Tablet and Phone. I’d say they should take this opportunity to upgrade that ol’ monitor. Just explain to the wife that it’s necessary to view all the great new content. She’ll understand.

    • Chris

      its not so much the issues. its people who hate change and yet they get excited over the changes in android. Go figure.

  • TheKaz1969

    looks great, guys! (had to come over here from my rss feed reader to see it)

  • mtbagz

    Love the new design! Been checking in everyday since day and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. Keep up the great work fellas and thanks so much for all the news in everything Android. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Chris B

    Yuck. Agree with others..looks good on my mobile (G2) but God awful in PC browser.

  • Paul

    Verizon note 3 and the floating Facebook twitter and Google plus are things I dont use. Could you make them smaller as even on the note 3 screen it feels like I’m using Mobile version when I’m set on desktop.

  • Pedro


    Then what’s that itty bitty phone next the N5? The OG?

  • Smeckle

    Looks great on my G2. Looks like total crap on IE on my work computer (our default browser). On the main page the pictures literally take up my entire 24″ monitor. When I first came on and saw Schmidt’s giant face I thought it was a prank. And unfortunately with IE scaling the zoom only changes the text size, not the photos. So if I turn it down I get tiny text with still huge photos. Oh well. Guess I’ll be using DL from my phone only from now on.

  • Tim242

    Between the big font and the wasted space on social networks at the top of the page, not much fits on a phone screen.

  • Jake Montague

    I like it. i like the big pictures. Keep up the good work.

  • bkosh84

    Thanks for not embedding videos into the website on mobile (don’t know about desktop) and opening them in YouTube. Embedded videos are the bane of my existence!

  • duke69111

    Any chance you can add the time posted to your articles by the date?

  • ForrestTracey

    I like the old page. It was if anything a label to DL and I would know it anywhere at just a glance. On the new page I don’t like how the headline for the article is under the photos, I have to look at this photo and figure out if it’s an add or a DL article and then by the time I scroll down far enough to read the article headline I can no longer see the photo, but to add confusion to it, I can see the photo from the next article while I’m still reading about the previous one and the border is lacking from the next article.

  • Trysta

    On a desktop I can say that the new design looks awesome! Thanks for the hard work!

    However persistent top menus on a phone are a nightmare. Please remove them. That plus the mobile ads that show up at the bottom take up a third of the viewing space when i am trying to read an article. Thankfully you guys pick ads that can be dismissed but still…Point is if you can only have it one way losing persistent top menus is preferred! (not just for this site but everywhere on the internet!)

    Not trying to be critical because I really enjoy this site, just wanting to share an opinion 🙂

  • Ron

    To test it for yourself, grab the corner of your browser right now and drag it inwards. Neat, right?

    For the life of me I can’t figure out what this is supposed to mean. Nothing is happening on my desktop or Nexus 5.

  • Dude Broguy

    Love the site but one thing that is bothering me is the title after the picture. It seems like the pic for the article is for the one above it not below…

    • Dude Broguy

      OK seems like I’m not alone. Just started scrolling down 🙂

    • ForrestTracey

      I Completely agree, it’s my biggest complaint that I just wrote up.

  • Tyler Casilio

    Very GOOGLE-y, and I like it 🙂

  • Chad

    Looks great guys!!

  • lgreg64

    I love the
    Responsive Layout
    I keep DL up at work so I make my browser small and in the corner so not to get in trouble with the boss.

  • Martin

    Wow. You did a perfect job here. I give you 10/10. Keep up your good work! Love reading DL!!

  • Cubanito1967

    I like it a lot!

  • AbbyZFresh

    Also, theres too much flattness and bland colors in this redesign. Can’t you guys spice things up with a little shine instead of all these blocks.

  • WCM3

    “We like feedback. We don’t necessarily like assholes..”

    <3 you guys..

  • Dat Nguyen

    Can’t use your SEARCH feature on the page. Tried in FF Beta and Chrome and whatever it is trying to do just ends up reloading the page.

  • GVLBob

    One more vote for slightly smaller text in the body, based on viewing the articles on both a desktop and a smartphone. I’m OK with the pictures being above the titles… not better or worse, but just different. At least the title is just above the article, which in a way makes sense to me.

  • AbbyZFresh

    I love the way you guys placed that Moto X among the Nexus devices as if it’s one of their own. Even though it’s not.

  • CaptainHowdy13

    It’s nice to see who wrote the piece so prominently, but it might get to be a bit much because you only have 2-4 regular writers. Just my thought. I’m getting used to it already, and it’s much better on mobile for sure!

  • Ryan B

    I am loving the rich CSS! And the tabbed style layout. I like that you kept the right side reviews and such content. The only thing I would say to change is the header that scrolls with us in the articles to match that of the homepage scrolling.

  • joejoe5709

    I love it! I was sitting in bed last night and decided to do some boredom DL refreshing. I was surprised with a new layout!

    My only complaint would be the addition of more ads, but I know you guys gotta make a living. Otherwise I dig it. I really like the new Roboto-esque font.

  • Timothy Bracken

    The share story bar is honestly the most annoying. Especially on mobile. If i want to share the story, i’ll know when i’m done reading it.

  • Ben Udkow

    How do we donate to you?

  • CHRIS42060

    Glad to see Facebook isn’t the only thing people complain about when it changes haha.

  • Inquizitor

    Overall it’s undeniably an improvement, but I have a couple points of constructive criticism:

    1. I think the desktop site has far too many things above the article. I have a high-density display (1080p), and when you take into account the header bar, the previous/next story buttons, the author name and the share bar, the headline and article doesn’t begin until literally halfway down the page. That’s bad design, and very unintuitive. Picture attached

    2. Much smaller nitpicking, but the “also on droid life” section between the article and comments is similarly huge, which just means more scrolling for me to get to the comments. At least have that section be adaptive and divide into multiple columns where there’s room for it, because on high-resolution displays it just looks out of place and unnecessary.

    3. Somewhat different note: your rss feed now (thankfully) includes images, but it always includes two of the same image at the top of every news story. Please fix this!

    Again, I really like what you’ve done overall. It’s a very pretty layout that just needs a bit of cleaning up to be perfect. I hope you guys keep this motif for a while.

  • Fresh360

    I have a 22inch monitor at work, where I primarily read DL, and the new layout is simply too big. One sentence nearly goes from one side of the screen to the other, the articles seem to go on forever. Maybe its since the government still has me on ancient ie8 and the site isn’t formatting properly but this new layout isn’t aesthetically pleasing at all. Hopefully its ie8 and when I get home it will look better. I promise I am not a luddite it just looks weird to me.

    • Fresh360’s boss

      Get off DL and get back to work deadbeat!

      • Fresh360

        But when i walked pass your desk you were on DL too O_o

  • J Davis

    Kellen, Congrats on the new addition to the family and on the redesign of the site.

  • don_xvi

    I have to do too much scrolling through all the pictures. I know that BIG PICS is supposed to be one of your selling points, but it means half of what I’m scrolling down through is images. If I’m that interested in the picture, I’ll open the story to get a high res version.

  • Justtyn Hutcheson

    I’m lazy and don’t want to scroll through the comments so if its already been posted, apologies.

    When you scroll to the bottom of the main page, the “Older Stories” button blends into the background. I have a feeling that it is simply a “whoops” and was supposed to have a dark grey background like the “Read More” buttons.

    The full-width layout will take some getting used to, but overall I think it is a positive change. And of course, MOAR PICTUREZ is always welcome.

  • Michael Ouellette

    The new design looks awesome!

  • Booyah

    Definitely need the titles above the pictures. Everything else looks great though!

  • David Dudovitz

    The old site had pink highlighting of text (when moused over) instead of the blue seen elsewhere on the internet. I miss it.

    • Higher_Ground

      yeah I thought that was a really neat option that I haven’t seen many other sites take advantage of, and the pink actually looked pretty nice.

  • Scott Sochacki

    i do not like the new format as all. i’m sorry, you should have an option to switch it to classic.

  • Intellectua1

    I love the new site.. Now I don’t have to rely on the new Google Newstand for my DL fix

  • JeffColorado

    Normally these website upgrades make the site harder to view (Yes Gizmodo and Verge, I am looking at you). I love this layout though. Flashy but still minimalist easy to read.

  • j__h

    Looks good overall, but the top bar takes too much room on phone in landscape just to display Facebook Twitter and g+ likes which I will never use anyways.

    • Tim242

      Agreed. Total waste of space.

  • Jason Kahn

    Don’t know if you guys have control over this, but can you make the disqus comment font size match the rest of the article? Would really help when I’m at home viewing the site on my HTPC.

    It looks a lot like the Google design scheme for the PlayStore, not bad. A very clean interface.


  • If you get rid of the huge ad below an image of the post i will be happy, but I’ll stick to Google Newsstand

  • dannyWHITE

    Been with you guys from the beginning and this is by far the best look yet! Good job!!

  • Tim242

    My only issue is the persistent Facebook, twitter, and g+ buttons at the top. That is a waste of space.

    • EC8CH

      I’d say change that to next and previous post buttons and just leave the social network buttons below the main post image.

      • j__h

        It still should be smaller take up a lot of room.

    • Nayners

      Definitely. This takes up a full centimeter or more on my Nexus 5. It’s OK to have it (maybe) but toning it down might a good thing.

    • jamaall

      Agree. I don’t use the buttons and they’re just kind of there wasting space.

    • LionStone

      hey! that’s my only issue too! 🙂

    • PhillipCun

      I like the persistent bar on most websites, but this one doesn’t add much functionality unless there is significant analytic data that users need these share buttons.

      I rather see the navigation options such as next/prev buttons for articles and possibly the top navigation reflowed.

      Remove the persistent bar from mobile

    • triumphtriple

      The Ghostery extension can block those if you want!

      • Tim242

        I’m on mobile though. Any ideas for that?

        • triumphtriple

          Ohh. Nope. :/
          I still have a gnex so mobile internet is almost not an option for me. Come Christmas, I will be asking the same question as you.

    • John

      Yeah I don’t understand that. I don’t need to have those buttons to remind me to share.

      I hope the larger text doesn’t deter me from visiting the Desktop site while at work(outside of seeing it on my RSS)

      • aldsgn

        i have always thought the text was too small. this is much better on my desktop. 16px is a good standard. i have to squint to see smaller (because i have a larger/further away screen, not because i’m old)

        14px minimum, and 13px-12px is awful, and makes me feel like i’m back in the 90’s. So the larger body copy text is a great change!

        i did think your old logotype had more character than the helvetica looking thin/thick one now.

    • I don’t mind the share buttons. I understand why they are there, the easier it is to share, the more people you have a chance of reaching with your content, the more readers you get.

      I absolutely LOVE the redesign. Not really anything I would complain about. 100x better than the other fan sites I visit.

  • Elliot

    I like the basic idea, and the giant pictures are very nice, but I find the text unpleasant to read — the column of text seems too wide and the font too big (I’m on a 23′ 1080p monitor at the moment, if that helps).

  • Jpx

    I do like what you have done for the most part. But I am no a fan of the photos when you open the article. They should be full page images (edge to edge). Surprising me the large font doesn’t bother me as much. But it definitely could be toned down

  • EvanTheGamer

    Great job guys! Love the new look!

  • FragDroid

    It looks nice. Very clean. But it really just mimics the new Google and Apple style with flat boxes, muted colors, pointy corners. One thing I like about Droid Life is it kinda beats to its own drum but this just looks like you gone “mainstream”. Maybe I will change my mind over time.

  • hebrewHAMMER

    With the grayish or off-white background, it looks like the Read more and share bar belongs to the post below when it is attached actually to the post above as you’re scrolling down the page. Maybe this could be fixed with more space between each post or a bigger contrast in colors between the white of the post and the gray of the background(moar pink? 😉 ). Otherwise, looks great. Just my 2 cents.

  • Booyabobby

    Love how the website stretches to use up my entire screen. Good job!

  • mustbepbs

    I like most changes, but it feels less polished than the old layout. Things feel disjointed and they don’t flow together. Maybe it’s because I’m just so used to the old layout. The “Related Stories” for instance, is just a few pictures and text squabbled together. It just doesn’t look good.

  • ParrishRSellers

    Looks great. Only thing I saw was on my tablet and phone the top menu only shows search and nothing else. Not sure is its supposed to be that way.

    • Not a lot of space up there on smaller screens, so we kept it simple. Anything in particular you’d like to see?

      • EC8CH

        Maybe relocate the next and previous posts buttons there.

        I might use those if they were on the persistent top menu, but I highly doubt I’ll use them if I have to scroll around to find them.

        I could see how that could get cramped though.

        • Jaredsutter

          Persistant top bars always bug me for some reason, but if it must exist, please make it SMALL. I don’t really see how linking to FB or G+ is so critical that it must be available ALL THE TIME, but if the functionality needs to be there, it shouldn’t take up more than a few pixels, especially on mobile. Maybe just have the “Share this story” text that expands to show the options when you hover over it.

  • Guy Pierce

    Kellex already know how I feel. Thanks for the speedy reply!

  • jnt

    Overall I’m loving how much faster and more responsive it is. I’d echo some of the other suggestions – titles back above pictures #1 – hard to differentiate articles on the home page. Things also just feel too big on the home page – and I have a decent sized monitor.

  • Philip J. Fry

    I love it. Couldn’t ask for it to look any better.

  • Website is nice, but, can you guys fix the links for “Follow Us” in the homepage to their respective icons? i.e Google + Logo has twitter link instead.

    • They were off earlier, but should be fixed. They still showing wrong for you?

  • Elwin Gill

    You guys are killin’ it… in the best way!!! Love the new look. Keep up the great work! Hands sown my number one site each day!!!

  • Will P

    Your “Store” page is still pretty outdated even with a “Forums” button 😛 but other than that it is looking good.

    • Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Store is on my list heh.

  • schoat333

    Its growing on me. Definitely in your face. Even if I hated it, it wouldn’t matter. I’d still be here leaving stupid comments.

  • jnt

    Overall I like it, as long as it’s more responsive consistently… but Tim’s profile pic… Tim, you’re awesome, but your pic is creepin’ me out a bit… 😛

    • Hah they went ahead and used that one without asking, but I don’t mind it too much. Maybe I’ll look around for another one at some point. Thanks for the feedback.

      • jnt

        Nah don’t change it – just had to give you a hard time about it!

  • Sandy Jones

    Finally! A margin on the mobile “versions”. Much easier to read on smaller devices now. The scrolling ad drives me nuts and then I remember to close it.

  • Joshua

    Looks too much like iOS

  • Nick

    Titles should be above the pictures but overall I love the new look!

    • Boblank84

      agree, that is the only thing i don’t like.

    • jnt

      +1 – too confusing to the eyes and brain

      • Jared Tau

        Looks really good @ 75%

    • We definitely went back and forth on that decision. We’re going to give it a shot and see how it goes.

      • Hayden7200

        I agree, I think it would be nice to see the titles before looking at the picture since the image doesn’t explain the point of the article like words do. And, like most people on here, I love what you’ve done with the place!! Great job!

        • Bob

          Second this – titles above pics

          • Tom Vera

            I agree … Titles above pics

          • michael arazan

            Threw me off at first seeing the title in between the picture and article. But this isn’t Comp 101. Just glad the text is written in bold black lettering than pink. The pink lettering strained my eyes a bit. It doesn’t bother me at all with the picture layout, in a day or two everyone should be used to it. Here’s to another 4 years. And thanks for the hard work and dedication to keeping us all informed.

      • Nicolas Pipitone

        I like it the way it is. Gives more for those of us that are more aesthetic.

      • palomosan

        Agree, it’s kind of confusing some times but the love the overall change, clean, big and fast.

      • Justin W

        Also, the persistent menu to show “Topics”, “Show”, “Store”, and “Tip Us” aren’t persistent right now – just the very top bar is with the logo and “Share This Story” on FB, Twitter, G+, though I’m not sure if you meant it that way or not, but based on this article it seems like those options should be persistent as well. Overall, loving the new look though 🙂

        Edit: This is in both Chrome and IE 11.0.

      • noc007

        TItles before the pic. Seriously.

      • JoYu

        I think it would be fine if the boxes around each article was more discernible. It is a bit confusing what belong with what at the moment. Have fun!

      • Rruready

        I hate to say it, but I find myself passing up the pictures all together now, and just skimming the titles until I read something interesting. My brain just does not want to process the picture first.

      • Stephen

        I do not like the new look at all. It is very hard to read, and appears to have little separation to the eyes. I think having the title before the picture might help, but I still do not think that is the overall issue. I think the issue is the overall style. I think the titles being centered, the large font, the insanely large pictures, and the pictures being separated without a clear border between articles make the site extremely hard to read. I do not think I will completely abandon the site, but I will not visit it as much (10+ times a day). I will probably only come once a day at most now because I find the site way too hard to follow.

        I think having things on the sites main page small, and easy to scan is the most important thing for me as a reader. Then, I can scan the article, and decide if I want to read further and go inside. I do not need a large picture, etc to do so. I need something simple to give me an overview, and not in depth in my face introduction. I think having a small picture which can still be view-able, off to the side of the title, and having smaller font will allow me to not have to worry about scrolling so much on my phone, or having to scale my browser to an insane amount on my PC.

        I think what best describes the site now is it is in your face. The site is now that way instead of being informative, quick, and easy to navigate.

        Anyways, I hope there is a stylistic change so I can be a regular of the site again.

        • kashtrey

          Yeah, I’m honestly considering only reading DL through Play Newstand/Currents just because it would make it easier to skim.

      • kashtrey

        I think a happy medium would be titles over-layed with some opacity on top the image (though that working on mobile may be tough). I love the focus on imagery but it has become a beast to try and quickly skim through and pick what I want to read.

    • EC8CH

      Titles below on homepage, titles above on the individual post pages… that is a little weird.

    • Chris Choncek

      Totally agree. When you scan for stories of interest, you’re looking for the article title, not a picture of interest. It’s confusing.

    • Justin Bontrager

      Titles on top!!!

    • autoawesome

      I totally agree….this is the one change that almost needs to take place. It is really screwy when looking at each article like it is now. However great job on the rest of the site!!!

    • coh303

      This is exactly what I was going to say! I really do love the new look but scrolling through the posts gets a bit confusing, maybe having more of a division between each post would help 🙂

    • chucklehead322

      Gotta agree. First thing I did was click on the wrong article.

    • Stnkycheezman

      I agree…the site looks really nice and pleasing on the eyes great job. But the articles on the main page look mashed together the way it is now, it’s confusing what article goes with what picture…Titles on top and bringing the article in tighter to the bottom of the picture will give a sense that they’re all supposed to go together.

    • anehlo

      I agree – my vote is for titles above pictures. Love the new look, by the way.

  • hyperbeatser

    my 1366×768 does not like BIG lol

    • Chromebook?

      • hyperbeatser

        5 year old laptop FTW!

  • Fabyloso

    How about you create a poll? I personally don’t like the Title below the image.

  • Pdewet

    I like it!! very nice clean look. Good job DL

  • James Vincent

    On the mobile now and it looks great. Will check out the site on the desk top PC tomorrow. Keep the pink. It’s important to the DL identity!

  • sc0rch3d

    haven’t test with the mobile yet, but the older version always annoyed me with ever-scrolling ads that came down with you and lagged.

    • WAldenIV

      Still there, but overall the mobile layout is much better.

  • yodatom10

    Alright… the plus counter is only at 8… we gotta fix that(it only takes a second to tap the button). Or is that only for the story ?

    Love the new design !!

  • rthvk

    I think this would be a great opportunity to thank all the writers for what they do.

    I would definitely go insane if Droid Life fell off the web one day, and the redesign just shows me their commitment to the community.

    Thanks to you all.

    • Noted, sir. Thanks. 🙂

    • Aw shucks. We love you guys too <3

      • EC8CH

        Except for Eric Rees… that guy blows.

        oh, I’m sorry I was thinking of Ron 😛

    • ReturnOfTheMack

      Absolutely. Haha this place has come so far, the old days look good in the new getup though. http://www.droid-life.com/2009/11/15/droid-life-starts-now-2/

      • MikeKorby

        brought a tear to my eye reading this old post..
        To think back to those days when Android was just staring to gain attention, and the Motorola Droid came along to catalyze the reaction that eventually became the beginning the journey we have grown to love. Even as new devices come and go, I still continue to look back upon that device with nothing but respect. I remember buying mine on December 7 of 2009. I learned what the phone could do, and shortly thereafter, I became an avid follower of Droid life. To see it grow from a blip on the map, to the clean, friendly, and valuable site it is today is quite amazing. Heck, you could basically compare it to the transformation of Android!

        • ReturnOfTheMack

          I didn’t come aboard until the Droid X but I know what you mean.

        • angermeans

          I had somewhat the same experience as you, but my first Android phone (and still my all-time favorite phone to date) was with the Nexus One. I loved that little phone and it was so much ahead of its time. It kind of made the original droid seem outdated (to some of course and only spec wise). I still cannot believe how far android has come since those days. I still smile when thinking of these two phones and then the beloved Droid Incredible release (I loved it so much I bought 2 of them as I had it and was enticed by the Droid X which only lasted all but two weeks before I sold it and bought another Incredible as I hated the Droid X with a passion).

          Android seemed so much better back then. I hate to say it, but ever since Samsung started its dominance android just hasn’t been the same. I wish we could go back to the old days and have Motorola and HTC rule the game and no Samsung. They just seem to be leaving a trail of destruction with their success as the only market share they seem to be eating up is other android oems.

          • MikeKorby

            I understand you entirely. When Android was first coming on the scene, it was so exciting to see all the new features and handsets. I would look forward to seeing what HTC did in comparison to Samsung, for example. I would anticipate having the chance to hold a new device and critique it. Back then, it was a magical experience. As you said, Samsung has taken Android, and they have manipulated it and the market. Nowadays, when people ask me which phone to get, they say “iPhone or a Samsung”, and it somewhat irks me. Samsung is applying Apple’s ‘walled garden’ to the Open alliance of Android. That is not to say that Samsung phones are in any way bad, and I find myself recommending them. But in the same breath, I always try and mention the HTC One, the moto x, and the G2. Amongst the greatest of intrinsic features to Android is choice – not only at a software level, but at the hardware as well. What Samsung has done is they have nearly eradicated the idea of hardware choice for the average consumer, making it the battle of two juggernauts.
            I appreciate what they did for Android, but it came at a price for he ecosystem as a whole. With that said, I am willing to admit that I am an avid Motorola fan these days, and I hope others can join in that as well. We need the market to keep android youthful by accepting choice once again.

          • Aime Eerin

            We’d love for you to give us feedback in the comments or via email over the next few weeks so that we can make adjustments to the site as needed.

  • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

    Nice work! You guys are always looking out for the reader.

  • BrandonWhite116

    Only thing that bothers me is that the post title is below the main picture for that post. It makes it hard to read.

    • We went back and forth on that for a while, but with our thought on images dominating everything, we wanted them to be on top which pushed titles below. It’s not really a standard move in terms of the blogging industry, so we’ll test it out.

      • sniffs

        WPCentral does this and I very rarely go to that site anymore. The reason why it’s confusing is because just about every tech blog puts topics above, images below. If you flip it, it confuses people.. we don’t know where one article begins and the other ends..

      • sniffs

        The site does look refreshing however! Good job!

      • Dillon Brown

        It’s not necessarily a bad that the title is below the picture, but it is pretty difficult to distinguish individual posts. I think that the grey section where the authors’ name is, is for me easily confused with the grey section that breaks up the white post areas. When I’m scrolling through the middle of the page, my mind tends to associate the title with the picture of the article below it, because the grey authors box above the title seems to take precedence as a divider over the actual grey divider because I’m used to the title above the picture. Changing the color of the authors’ box may make the transition in format easier.

      • cizzlen

        I honestly think it looks just fine. I find the main page ten times easier to look at now.

    • TheOgler

      You may be right, but I think it has more to do with that awful center-justification.

    • ScoobySnack

      Completely agree. Makes the site very confusing.

      I am consistently challenged which photo goes with what article… granted it’s an easier challenge than a captcha, but there should be zero challenge. The fact that the photos ARE BIGGER they overwhelm the articles.

      Perhaps make clear borders around articles. Better yet, don’t do something different from “a standard… of the blogging industry.”

  • Bob

    lol “biased opinion”

  • TeamNexus

    Lovin’ the new site! Beautifully done, nice work!

  • Thomas

    You don’t like assholes ? Well, I’m out 😉

  • Jeff Mowbray

    It’s really nice. Great job

  • Don Crist

    I like it. You could tone down the font size a bit for my tastes, but overall it looks good!

  • besweeet

    Love the new design. And +99954286y528349765483129564829 for not ditching Disqus for something horrible, such as Lifefyre.

    • bryoneill11

      Best Comment Ever!

  • JBartcaps

    I personally believe your photography is on par with The Verge and they have some of the best photography for a tech site. This new layout will only make your pictures look more boss!

    • Great to hear! We’re trying to learn more each and every day.

    • EC8CH

      So you like pictures of phones face down in the dirt? 🙂

  • moelsen8

    some things i like, some things not so much. i guess a net positive though. it’s fresh, at least.

    • Feel free to let us know what it is that you don’t like. Like I said, we are open to suggestions.

      • EC8CH

        I’d say the text in the body of the articles is a little too large. Other than that looks good to me.

        • mustbepbs

          Agreed. It’s so wide too. Rein in the margins a tad.

          • Higher_Ground

            agreed, making the margins a little larger would help make the lines of text a little shorter.

      • moelsen8

        honestly, after digesting a while tonight when i was offline doing that whole non-internet thing, i think the thing i miss the most is all the pink that used to be on the site haha. that’s the biggest shock when you get here.

        the others are the “bigness”,.. it seems to render a bit more slowly on a computer – however it looks fantastic on my phone!!.. and it looks too close to BGR that i puked a little in my mouth sometimes today.

        but after a day with it, it’s nice to have it feel fresh. kudos man, i’m sure you guys will find a nice balance for us.

  • OG Droid
  • Joe Bertolino

    In my opinion it’s tougher to read/navigate. The layout seems to be…erratic? I’ll always be a fan of your site but this layout not so much. Keep up the good work either way.

    • Bob

      Agreed – it was cleaner and easier to navigate before.

    • JBartcaps

      How is the layout erratic? Just wondering, because for me, the stories are easily separated. But that’s just me.

      • Joe Bertolino

        I’m not sure if that’s the right word for it exactly, I can’t put my finger on it. Some of the headings and boxes just seem out of place, pictures are way too big. Maybe I just need to give it more time to get used to it.

        • jnt

          I agree that the pictures are way too big on the home page. I can understand within an article, but it almost feels like you’re looking at a mobile site blown up.

    • It’s a pretty huge change, that’s for sure. It may even take some getting used to. Give it a bit of time and if in a week or so, maybe even a few days, things still look that way to you, let us know what you are seeing exactly. We’d love to hear all suggestions.

      • Joe Bertolino

        Again, it won’t stop me from visiting – I’ll get used to it. Just throwing out my measly 2 cents.

      • TheOgler

        I think the feeling of being erratic comes completely from center-justifying the headlines. This causes the eyes to search unnaturally. Tiny little change that affects so much.

  • angelycam

    Looks good on my default browser! Nice and big so easy to read! LG G2

  • Boom! Droid-Life!

  • EC8CH

    Don’t EVER change the Pink!

    • We won’t. 🙂

    • Bob

      This is one pink that doesn’t stink 🙂

      • Sirx

        You damn rii…wait, what?!

        • Aime Eerin

          we want to make you happy.

  • Guest

    Love the new font layout, the thin lines very contemporary.

  • Geo

    Hello world!