Minima Pro Live Wallpaper, a live wallpaper app that is without a doubt our favorite of the last year (it made our top apps of 2014 list), is on sale right now for just a $0.99. You should probably buy it. Trust me, if you like Material Design-inspired wallpapers, this is an app that won’t disappoint.
The app offers up 70 “hand-crafted” themes to get you started, options for building your own themes, more settings to customize than you can keep track of, motion as you scroll or tilt your phone, and a “Randomize” button that does all of the work for you. To see it in action, be sure to watch our video below. (more…)
Runkeeper, my current exercise tracker of choice, received an update today that introduces a proper polishing (mind out of the gutter). The UI tweaks, some of which bring in Material Design touches, help make the app feel very modern. Trust me when I say that the app needed it, especially after we have seen all of Runkeeper’s competitors release beautiful new apps one by one over the last couple of months.
The new app feels much faster, includes rippling animations and layers throughout, and shows an entire activity history with more visual details. The app is still very familiar, but improved in the right ways.
Go give it a look! (more…)
Such pretty animations you have there, Google Play.
If you don’t have them, take it up with Google’s server side changes, as many of us were lucky enough to get these last week. If you do have them, go play! (more…)
During last year’s Google I/O, when the company announced and displayed Material Design for the first time, they previewed a non-existent music app that looks nothing like today’s Google Play Music. Of course, what Google showed off was simply what Material Design could be, and thanks to a soon-to-be-released app called Gramophone, folks who wished they had that music player might be in luck. (more…)
Evernote pushed an update to its Android app yesterday, an update that brought a Material Design flavor with it. The update isn’t necessarily an overhaul, by any stretch of the imagination, but it does bring added polish in areas like colors, typography and flatness, to give it that Material feel throughout. The Evernote designers focused on creating independent layers and subtle animations to give the impression of depth and a “sense of hierarchy.”
The update also adds things like customizable quick notes, long presses to add or remove quick note options, a revamped navigation, simpler navigation drawer, and more. (more…)
Shifty Jelly, makers of popular podcasting app, Pocket Casts, released version 5.0 of the app this afternoon. The update, as you may have been anticipating, is the big Material Design makeover you have all been waiting for. The new app is fit with animations, rippling touches, and layers upon layers of sliding panels. It’s very well done.
Along with the Materialyolo-ness, you can also swipe episodes to mark them as played/unplayed, will find new audio effects for Volume Boost and Silence Removal, and the Up Next list now in mini players.
The update appears to be live for all, so go grab it! And subscribe to the Droid Life Show. (more…)
A beta update is available for Nova Launcher users, one which includes plenty of Material Design aesthetics and new features. The update brings a true Lollipop feel to the application, which should now look much nicer with devices currently running Lollipop. And if you are still on a later version of Android, Nova should help make you feel a bit more with the times. But don’t worry, we know it’s just carriers and OEMs holding you back from Android 5.0+. (more…)
A large update is rolling out to users of Hootsuite, bringing a fancy new look on top of newly incorporated features. The developers of Hootsuite have worked in Material Design, allowing for a more “consistent and unified Android experience for users.” In addition, Material Design makes the app quicker to navigate and easier to use, according to Hootsuite. (more…)