Material Design Makes Everything Look Better, Even Mobile Ads

Every now and then, depending on what apps and games you use, you likely see fullscreen advertisements inside an application from time to time. Usually, they look really bad, and can sometimes be annoying. That’s just the nature of ads. However, thanks to Material Design, apps that use fullscreen ads from the AdMob Network (which is quite a few), should see a big makeover.  (more…)

Google Adsense for Android Gets New Logo, Full Material Makeover

The Google Adsense application for Android just got its big update to Material Design. The app is now as “fresh” as can be with new logo and move away from the days of Jelly Bean hamburger menus.

Outside of the new look (which can be seen below), Google also added custom date ranges, a bunch of new reports, new metrics, and translations for Hindi and Malay.

For those grabbing pennies on the daily with Adsense, be sure to update.  (more…)

Hangouts 4.0 for Android Rolls Out Today! (Updated: APK)

Oh boy, Hangouts 4.0 is official and rolling out today on Android. Google decided that Monday morning would be a great time to announce the big news and we couldn’t agree more.

The update introduces Material Design to the app, makes it simpler with a FAB compose button,  allows you to attach pictures and stickers and fun things easier, and should be faster all around.   (more…)

Chris Lacy Sells Link Bubble (and TapPath), Gives It One Last Big Update With Material Design

Link Bubble and TapPath, two creations from Action Launcher developer Chris Lacy, have a new owner as of today. Lacy announced the news via his own blog The Blerg, stating that in order for each to succeed (Link Bubble in particular), they will need a “lot more resources and know-how” than his “indie company” possesses. The new owner was not named, but is some sort of a US-based startup that is “in stealth mode” at the moment. Lacy mentioned that when they announce the news “on their own schedule,” this is something to get excited about, especially if you are a Link Bubble user.

To celebrate the occasion, Link Bubble is receiving its biggest update ever with a material design overhaul, colored toolbars, custom domain redirects, translations for a handful of languages, and a bunch of bug fixes. The update is now live.  (more…)

Verizon Messages Gets a Big Material-ish Update (Updated)

Verizon Messages (or is it Message+?) received an update this morning that introduced the app to the idea of Material Design. Well, it at least added some vibrant colors, a FAB that probably doesn’t exactly match up to Google’s vision for a FAB, and a slideout drawer with…well I’ll just stop. Verizon Messages (or again, is it Message+?) got a big update!  (more…)

Material Design Theme Released for Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge

A new theme based off Material Design is available this morning to users of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. The theme can be applied directly from the Themes Store or your Samsung device, and if you are a fan of Lollipop and vanilla Android in general, this theme should excite you. Most traces of the TouchWiz coloring have been wiped out, being replaced by more subtle, neutral tones. And frankly, this makes us happy. (more…)

Dropbox Update Brings Redesign, New Features Like Faster Search

Dropbox on Android received a big update today that ushers in a new design for the storage app, along with a handful of new features.

In the redesign, Dropbox is giving you a taste of Material Design, with FAB, new slideout drawer, and cleaner UI. As Dropbox states, the “fresh look” is “right at home on the latest versions of Android.”

As for new features, Dropbox has added in the ability to take a photo from within a folder, should you want to save a photo directly to that folder. This could be really handy for not only snapping photos of events or gatherings, but also for those who snap photos of bills or other documents. They also improved search and made sharing controls more consistent across the app.  (more…)