design

Today Calendar gets a taste of Material Design in beta

The Android L Material Design bug just keep on spreading, even outside Google's own app catalog. The latest to join that fray is Today Calendar, turning Google's own Calendar Android app into something that is even more pleasing to look at and a pleasure to use as well.

Beautiful Design Summer Collection 2014 includes 12 apps

Google’s Beautiful Design collection has been a great curated find of the best designed apps among the thousands you can find on the Google Play Store. The Summer Collection 2014 includes 12 old (but newly updated) and new apps that have “exquisite detail” in their user interfaces. Some of the apps have also incorporated Google’s material design, which of course would please the tech company and secured the inclusion on this collection.

Cabinet Beta, Sliding Explorer give a foretaste of Android L

Android has a lot of file managers, many of them offering more power to what is already a power tool. But they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder and those file managers do not always meet the aesthetic taste buds of some users. Those users might want to give these two updated file managers a whirl, as they offer some superpower but look nice to boot, thanks to a dash of Material Design.

MIUI v6 launched, goes flat and simple

Xiaomi has just released a major overhaul of its custom ROM, MIUI version 6. Calling it "visually stunning, stunningly simple", the Chinese manufacturer has opted to drop the aging skeumorphic design of the past decade and embraced the more minimalistic and flatter look. Just in time to catch up with iOS' own transition to the new design language.

Paranoid Android 4.5 Alpha 3: choose your Recents style

Another week, another Paranoid Android Alpha teaser. And like the previous two before it, 4.5 Alpha 3 focuses on changes to the redesigned Recent Apps view. Aside from visual polish and performance improvements, the dev team is now allowing PA users to decide whether they want to use the new Material-inspired visuals or stick to the conventional KitKat style.

5 Things to Love and Hate in the Android L Dev Preview

It's been a little more than a month since Google let the cat out of the bag and gave out the developer preview of Android L for developers to test and curious but daring onlookers to try. While the preview wasn't made for end users to enjoy, it does bare a few markings of what awaits us in the next Android release. So what have we liked so far and what do we hope Google will get to fix before that expected day?

Android Wear to get API for making custom watch faces

Despite having its official release and even official devices, Android Wear might still be a bit raw, untested in the wild at the very least. So it isn't surprising to learn that not everything is set in stone yet, even when it comes to the tools that developers need. The Android Wear team has just revealed that they are working on API that will make it easy for developers to create their own custom watch faces.

Paranoid Android teases Recents redesign in 4.5 Alpha 1

If you thought that Paranoid Android would be taking a break after unleashing version 4.4 to its fans, then you have another thing coming. PA developers seem to have an itch they just can't get rid of and have announced two, yes, not one but two, releases. While 4.43 is practically a maintenance release, Paranoid Android 4.5 Alpha 1 contains a preview of the revamped Recents that the team teased before.
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