Twitter for Android is getting a major update today that introduces a new UI to better align with “the best of Android.” That really just means that Twitter is ditching their previously confusing UI for a column-style approach that can be swiped through, a navigation drawer, and a floating action button (FAB) for spamming off poop emoji in a hurry.
This update has actually been in beta for a few weeks and I have had a chance to play with it quite a bit. It is 100% an improvement over the previous versions of Twitter that I always found to be a confusing mess to use. I wonder if Joaquim (of Falcon Pro fame) had anything to do with the update? Hmmm. Hmmm. (Looks below at animated GIF) HMMMMM. (more…)
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…)
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…)
For anyone not a part of the Messenger beta program from Facebook, your app should receive an update today that includes a revamped UI. Featuring flashes of Material Design, the updated Messenger app is cleaner, and gives off an actual sense that it was created for Android users. (more…)
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.
This is Material Cards. (more…)
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…)
Over the weekend, Accuweather began pushing out a big update to its Android app that only a few users were seeing. Today, Accuweather announced that it is available globally to all. The update introduces Google’s Material Design language to weather fans, but also includes performance improvements throughout. (more…)
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…)