Last week, Google released the source code for their Google I/O app. Since the app is used as a reference for new design guidelines with Android apps, this is a pretty big deal for app developers, especially those looking to adopt Google’s newest set of guidelines, Material Design, and implement them into their own apps.
In a follow-up to last week’s release, Roman Nurik (the lead designer of the I/O app and master of DashClock and Muzei) took to the Android Developers Blog to share his team’s design thinking of this year’s app. Not only does he walk you through the thought process and changes between releases of the I/O app, he also talks about Material Design shadows, colors, layouts, grids, and more.
Material Design introduces massive changes to app design that I can only imagine will take time for designers to get the hang of. If you want to see and learn about Material Design, this is a must read and watch.
It’s been exactly one year since Roman Nurik introduced the DashClock widget to the Android community. Since then, that app has seen crazy popularity, with many developers building onto its platform with their very own extensions making it even more useful. Apps like DashClock are a prime example of why Android is so sweet. With that said, Roman released a new app to Google Play last night, titled Muzei. (more…)
DashClock, the venerable widget by Google Engineer Roman Nurik for devices running Android 4.2 and above, solves what some may consider a weakness of Android: lack of information on the lockscreen. The notification shade may just be a swipe away, but some prefer a more aesthetically pleasing and immediately accessible list of missed calls, unread e-mails, and weather forecasts.
At any rate, both lockscreen widget connoisseurs and the merely intrigued should be pleased to hear DashClock hasn’t been abandoned. An updated version – 1.6 – brings new customization options, a fix for plugins that aggregate weather data, and an improvement to the way Dashclock interfaces with Gmail and SMS extensions. (more…)
Last evening, the developer of DashClock, Roman Nurik, pushed out an official update to his application, complete with a few features that beta users have been testing for a week or so. (more…)
The day was filled with app updates for some of our favorite apps, with the biggest probably coming from Evernote. The popular note-taking app received its “most requested feature of all time,” Reminders. Users can finally add reminders to notes, set alarms, and pin notes to the top of note lists, so that their lives can either feel complete or on the verge of becoming complete at all times. The Evernote update also improved copy and paste, corrected photo orders, improved shortcuts, and improved Japanese support. (more…)
A new DashClock extension was released this morning to allow Google Hangouts information to be displayed through the popular lock screen widget. The extension is about as simple as it gets in terms of info that it displays, but if you were looking to add Hangouts info to your ever-growing-list of DashClock add-ons, this is currently the way.
We should note that it does require root access, so this extension will not be for everyone. We’ll be adding this to our rolling DashClock extension list, which you should check out if you haven’t already. And don’t forget to join the DashClock beta program to keep up-to-date on the latest releases.
During the 3-hour Google I/O day 1 keynote, one of the few Android-focused announcements that jumped out to us had to do with official beta testing through the Google Play store. Google announced that devs would no longer have to beta test their apps through 3rd party means, and that they would now be able to setup testing groups through Google Play, so that updates could be pushed just like they do with their stable apps. The first (at least that we have seen) to implement this new beta program, is of course a Googler. Anyone ever heard of a little lockscreen widget app called DashClock? We thought so. (more…)
If you are at all like me, and find yourself using Google’s Sound Search on a regular basis in order to purchase new music that is playing while you are on the go, and you also love DashClock, then check out this new extension called “Sound Search for DaskClock.” Rather than having to rely on the official Sound Search app or set up a separate page for it outside of DashClock on his lock screen (since lock screen widgets only allow 1 per page), the developer of this app decided to include Sound Search in DashClock itself. (more…)