eBay Receives Update on Android, Includes Navigation and Design Changes

In September of 2015, eBay launched a redesigned app for Android, and for the most part, it seems to be fairing pretty well with Android users. However, more can always be done, so eBay is releasing yet another big update for Android, as well as iOS, bringing more of a native feel for the application. According to eBay, the update is soaked in Material Design, offering changes to navigation, utility, and design.  (more…)

Root Explorer, the One and Only, Receives Material Design Refresh

It’s been quite a while since we last mentioned Root Explorer, but back in the day, it was virutally the only file manager we used. Back when rooting and using custom ROMs was our thing, Root Explorer allowed us place files and transfer data to wherever we wanted on our phones, which is not the case on a non-rooted device.

With that said, the app has received a major update on Google Play, bringing a complete Material Design refresh with it. As you will see, the slide out menu has been added for quicker navigation, a floating action button has been placed, and the overall look is much cleaner than the previous UI.  (more…)

This Icon Pack is Hot: Material Cards

In our last episode of “This icon pack is hot,” I made an off-handed comment about the world not needing anymore Material Design inspired icon packs. For the most part, I still stand by that comment, because seriously, there are so many icon packs that are some variation of Google’s icons, only they differ by offering a tweaked color scheme or palette or vibe. Where we need to see Material Design put to use is in packs like the one we are featuring day.

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GIVEAWAY: We Have 50 Promo Codes for Backdrops Pro Up for Grabs! (Updated)

Waaaaay back in October, we featured an app called Backdrops, a wallpaper app with a Material Design focus that was pushing out daily ‘papers, collections, the ability to share your own with the app’s community, and an incredibly clean appearance. It’s a really nice wallpaper app.

This week, the team behind it released a big update that introduces Google sign-in, so you can now sync your favorites across all of your devices. This is one of those features that multi-device owners will surely appreciate. While unrelated in content form, this was my reason for switching to ParcelTrack for package tracking. Device sync is a big deal, especially as many of us migrate from device to device, whether that’s between personal devices only or work and personal.  (more…)

Google Shares Two Exclusive Material Design Wallpapers You Haven’t Seen Before, Download Them Here

Yesterday, on Google’s Design site, Rachel Been penned an article that shared the story of the art behind the new wallpapers in Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The story talks of the artist’s (Carl Kleiner) use of different types of paper, layering, and lighting to create these Material Design beauties…wait a minute. Did I just say paper, layering, and lighting? I did. Wait, you mean the Material Design wallpapers in Android 6.0 aren’t just digital creations? They are real compositions of paper that are actual photographs? Indeed they are. How cool is that?  (more…)

This Wallpaper Pack is Hot: Plastexo

Now that you have a new icon pack to consider, wouldn’t it be great if someone gave you a wallpaper pack to go with it? Oh, well, would you look at that. Here’s one!

This pack is called Plastexo, and it is indeed hot. It’s very minimal and flat, with some Material Design influence, but you get quite a wide range of options in it that aren’t just MD abstracts. There are 110 or so 3200×2560 wallpapers that include a variety of landscapes, Lollipop classics, and even some ultra minimal hex art.

The pack is entirely free, includes Muzei support, and is one of the most well-designed apps I have used in a while.  (more…)