design

Android Wear faces gets official API and Play Store corner

This is probably that day that many smartwatch users and designers have been waiting for. After asking developers and designers to hold off from flooding the market with watch faces, Google has finally opened the floodgates for Android Wear watch faces. Today's update not only brings official support to your smartwatch, it provides watch face makers the proper API to use to create their masterpiece. Watch faces even get their own corner in Google Play Store!

Material Design checklist helps developers get ready

Android 5.0 Lollipop is coming and developers better be ready. Actually, many have already updated their apps, even in their current pre-Lollipop incarnations, to that new Material Design look. But to make sure that developers have dotted their i's and crossed their t's, Google has given out a checklist for developers and designers to skim over, in case they don't have the time to pour through the actual design guidelines and previously released documents.

Samsung answers design questions for Note 4, Note Edge

When going a version up, there is always the tension between keeping elements of the old design and ditching them for something new. Samsung went through all of that for its new flagship phablets – the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Note Edge. Let’s look at some of their considerations.

Google updates Material Design resources for Android 5 release

Google initially released its Material Design guidelines in July and designed it as a feedback mechanism from developers to refine the initial aesthetic and look of Android 5.0 when it was unveiled in February. Today, it has updated these resources and guidelines as the release date nears.

Source: a Material Design news reader from EvolveSMS dev

With a ton of news readers on Android, especially those that use the same news sources, differentiation can be a bit difficult. Considering that functionality is almost always the same, such apps nowadays compete on the design. Using the principles of Material Design, Klinker Apps, makers of the popular apps such as Talon for Twitter, EvolveSMS and the new Blur Launcher, has announced Source, a news reader whose beauty lies in its simplicity.

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.
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