For as popular as Facebook is, the Android app still isn’t as good as it should be. Performance is flaky, and it really doesn’t look the greatest. But at least Facebook is working on it. In the newest Facebook test build for Android, the app has received a new, more Holo-esque look that finally brings ... Read More »
What is a platform without its apps? Third-party apps have become the life blood of mobile operating systems. They’re the reason why iOS and Android have absolutely dominated the competition, and the reason why BlackBerry and Windows Phone can’t catch up. In case you haven’t noticed, 2013 is the year of good Android app design. ... Read More »
The number one reason why third-party Twitter clients are so popular on Android? Because the option Twitter has provided, for years now, sucks. For how big Twitter is, it’s astonishing how bad their app is. Or rather, was. Today, Twitter for Android has finally been updated to feel more at home on the platform.
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Google has committed to the Holo design guidelines for all things Android, and is constantly working on tweaking and improving apps and services within those guidelines. One could argue that already, the next evolution of Holo is being established right before our very eyes. Post-Google Now Holo has a distinct look over the Holo introduced ... Read More »
When it comes to checking the weather on your Android phone, the official Weather Channel app is one of the most popular ways. Search “weather” on Google Play; it’s the first app to come up, and it has the most reviews. Unfortunately, it’s never been the best at what it does. Despite its massive popularity, ... Read More »
Now that Jelly Bean, Android 4.1, has been released to developers and made available as a custom ROM, reports are coming in from all over the web on just how great it is. Naturally, I had to find out for myself. So how does Jelly Bean stack up? Even as a developer preview, compared to ... Read More »
I have a love-hate relationship with Android 4.0 and the Holo theme used throughout the UI. It’s definitely a step in the right direction, but there’s still a few design choices I’ve never liked about Android that haven’t changed. They can be found in all of the Google developed apps for Android 4.0 except one. ... Read More »
Today Google revealed that their Holo theme family must be included on devices running Android 4.0 or later if the device manufacturer wishes to meet the compatibility requirements and gain access to the Android Market and Google’s other apps.
This requirement will hopefully speed up platform updates for device manufacturers, allow app developers to spend ... Read More »