Android 4.4 could bring a refreshed ‘Downloads’ app

October 9, 2013
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Though the move to cloud storage solutions is fast becoming the new normal, we still encounter the occasional automatic download on a mobile device. While the Downloads app has sat untouched for some time, that all could change with Android 4.4 KitKat.


According to Android Police, the Downloads app is set for a refresh, bringing a lighter interface and improved functionality. The first thing users will notice is the HOLO light theme, rather than the black background we’ve come to find since the early days of Android.

The now familiar action bar will make it’s move to the top right, which follows the new design philosophy set forth with apps such as Maps and Gmail. Users will also get what appears to be a view toggle, allowing us to switch between grid and list views. We wonder if grid view will also give us a preview of a document, much like Drive does.

Underused, and obviously forgotten, Downloads is one of the few remaining apps designers have on their list. As other, more utilized apps saw updates first, we can hope this signals an end to design tweaks within Google apps for a while.


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  • Kyle Cordiano

    I’d just like some new widgets and wallpapers.

    • Christian

      Yeah totally I never got new wallpapers when I updated my 2012 Nexus 7 to 4.3. You would think that would be SO easy for Google to fix, but still nothing…

  • rohit vitkar

    How to update 4.4 kit kat in ma nexus 4which has4.3 version