May 03 AT 9:55 AM Clark Wimberly 46 Comments

Android and Me v3 is here!

As some of you know, we’ve been hard at work over the past month or two rebuilding the site to make things easier to find (and more sexy). Today we are finally proud to announce that over the weekend we launched the new site and that everything appears to be stable and in good working order.

The site features a ton of new features, most of which are centered around two things: community and discovery. For the community we’ve rebuilt the comment system, improved the login, even added a handful of custom Android avatars (loaded at random for non-avatar having guests). We’ve also built new comment-powered widgets that help users find the action amongst posts they may have missed. On the discovery front we’ve included something we’ve been after for a long time: a phone, app, & game database. When viewing a carrier, manufacturer, or specific phone model you’ll see phone images and specs. When visiting the apps or games sections, you’ll see a row of icons and the option to sort all the posts by alpha-order.


To review the bulk of the new features, we’ve put together a little numbered chart with short descriptions of key changes:

  • A. Login / user info – We’ve pulled the login out onto the front page to make signing on easier. When you’re logged in you’ll see your user pic (sourced from Gravatar) and a link to your profile and favorites.
  • B. Popular posts – Our four most popular posts of the past few days are displayed in the header for easy access and to encourage discussion.
  • C. Sidebar Widget: Hotly Debated – A chart plotting the most actively commented articles in the past two weeks.
  • D. Sidebar Widgets: New apps, games, & phones – A big part of the rebuild was making things easier to find. We’ve now got an app, game, and phone database you’ll start to see popping up more around the site, the first place being here in the left sidebar.
  • E. Sidebar Widget: Staff – A quick listing of the most active authors and staff currently working on the site. If you need to contact anyone or have a hot tip, check the staff section and try to send it to the most appropriate member.
  • F. Sidebar Widget: Quotes – From time to time we’ll be pulling interesting quotes from articles (or even comments) to be featured in the sidebar.
  • G. Comments – Entries are all sporting a greatly reworked comments template. We’ve tried to keep the same basic feel while upgrading features and matching the new look of the site.
  • H. Site Map – Lost? Check the mini site map in the left sidebar.
  • I. Top Rated Comments – Another piece of the new comment system is the new top rated comments widget at the bottom of the right sidebar. The widget will display the three top rated comments in the past two weeks.


A lot of the new database will be put to use in areas we are calling hubs. A hub is any topic (tag or category) that is popular enough to deserve more attention than a standard archive of posts. There are hubs for most major carriers and manufacturers (featuring network stats or latest phones), apps & games (sorting options and icons), and for single phones (phone image, stats, purchase options).






For the time being, all these hubs are a work in progress. Using the topper style allows us to make really flexible content for each hub and we are excited to keep tweaking and growing them.

Back to your regularly scheduled programming

In the weeks leading to the relaunch we had to curtail some of our regular activity. The podcast and My Life with Andy were put on hold while we ran around like crazy people putting out fires on the new build. Now that we are done, however, we plan on getting back in the swing of things sometime soon.

As always, with any major update comes our sappy and sincere thanks to our readers for making this site such a blast to work on. You guys keep amazing us with your support and we want you all to know how much we appreciate it. Short of flying around the country to meet all you guys we figured rolling out a new website might do the trick. Enjoy it. We have been.

Clark is a developer living in Austin, Texas. He runs ClarkLab, a small web firm with his wife, Angie. He's a big fan of usability, standards, and clean design.

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  • http://Website Lior

    Great design but you have some glitches in Chrome – top bar search is messed up, “submit” button text in comments is not centered and I recommend changing the hover color (darker green) on the top green bar to white.

    Other than that, very nice :)

  • G100g

    Clean and polished.
    Good job!

  • http://Website Pierre

    Great redesign. Really good job !

  • David Shellabarger

    Very Nice! The site seems a lot more organized, however, it feels like the site is a little slower. Could just be me I suppose.

  • David Shellabarger

    The forum and profile pages are still the old design, but you probably already know that… ;)

    • Clark Wimberly

      Haha yeah. We’ll call this a staggered launch, we are still getting to all the other corners of the site.

  • http://Website Lisandro

    nice simple and powerful

  • Dave Bonds

    Love the new design. Clean and simple, but with more information.

  • http://Website Kai

    So…you basically designed your site around Engadget and used the same terms as them to describe stuff…neat

  • E-man

    I miss the old layout. :(
    I was so used to it. But this works well too. :)

  • Courtney

    Cool design, it’ll take a bit of getting used to. I loved the old layout, but I’m sure things have improved for the better. I’ll have to take some time to explore all the new features.

    Like many others, I appreciate the hard work you all put into this site.

  • http://Website justinr

    not sure if you have a mobile version, but it is definitely not loading on my eris…

    • Clark Wimberly

      What browser are you using?

      • http://Website justinr

        Default htc browser.

      • http://Website Josh

        Getting the same thing here, Samsung Moment, 2.1 DD10 leak, comes up with the desktop version of the site in every browser I try

  • http://Website Derek

    Sorry, I kind of like the old one better. New one is not bad, just not as good as the way it was.

    • http://Website l3reak

      I agree. The new design looks like a totally generic single-column blog design. In order to view lots of stories I have to scroll way down the page! True, there are a few featured news articles at the top, but that’s not enough. I was in love with the old design that let me view something like 10 different stories at once (I forget) and click on only the ones I was interested in. I’m sure you won’t allow it, but I wish I had the option to view the old version of the site. Why don’t websites ever let people use the old layout?

      • Taylor Wimberly

        If you are a fan of compact, headline only, style design try our RSS feed.

  • http://Website Maxy

    Where’s the ‘hacks’ column?

  • Tim

    Miss the old design…..this one seems too bulky to me. Reminds me of engadget but with larger font and more space around everything.

  • JC13

    I agree with Tim, it does seem too bulky… I loved the old design

  • http://Website Bobby

    love the redesign of the desktop site, but missing the mobile version of the site now.

    • Clark Wimberly

      which browser are you using?

      • http://Website Bobby

        HTC default……..1.5

      • http://Website Bobby

        its working now, thks!

  • Sean the Electrofreak

    It’s a little glitchy on IE6, but I won’t blame you for that.

    My work needs to upgrade to IE7/8, but they don’t want to spend the money on the new Citrix license they’d need.

    It’s sad when a mobile browser can handle a webpage better than a desktop browser.

  • http://Website gad

    Its neat and less clogged. I wasn’t a big fan of the old format,but this i like. Well done,you’ve done a good job here.

  • http://Website Ted

    I am not able to see a mobile site on my stock Droid 2.1 browser. Was this planned?

    • Clark Wimberly

      Still investigating the mobile site issues. I’ve been completely caught off guard by them, in testing everything worked fine and even now I can still load the mobile site without issue. The rebuild didn’t touch the mobile site at all so it’s been pretty confusing trying to figure out why it would’ve stopped working.

  • http://Website Jag

    Too much scrolling!

  • stickANDROID

    I like new design, its much cleaner, less funky stuff all around, much easier to catch up on all news in highlights and if you need in detail news just click on that topick…

    also just checked on my mobile, regular site comes up (desktop version)

  • mobil3gen

    lovin the new design guys!

  • SHaitien

    Great redesign! I think it’s much easier to navigate.

  • http://Website Rolex

    New look is great, but mobile site doesn’t load on my Xperia X10 since update..

  • Damien

    I actually love this new design. It is clean and easy to navigate, except that the search bar is not visible at all.

  • Sam Gavin

    Signed up using the new WordPress system. I can’t seem to edit my WordPress profile, though, only the forums profile. Clicking “profile” on the main page kicks me to the forums.

    • Sam Gavin

      For what it’s worth, clicking on the “profile” link at the top sends me to with a page that says “user not found” and directs me back to the forums.

    • Sam Gavin

      The default userpics are adorable, btw. I’d use them even if I weren’t unable to change mine.

  • tagon

    I like the new design.

  • http://Website Jordan

    I have the same problem of getting the desktop site on default Droid 2.1 browser. But if I click on an article it takes me to the article on the mobile site.

  • smithey253

    The search bar is a bit askew when browsing the site using Google Chrome, needs nudging down a bit more.

    Apart from that, a great improvement to the site!

  • Jeremiah

    Great job on this redesign, Clark! Once again, you are by far my favorite developer. I’m one of those people that takes the design of a site into consideration, and I’ll say your work has kept me coming back to AndroidAndMe for over a year now!

    That said, what happened to the mobile site? I tried surfing over here on my N1 yesterday and got this new design (which isn’t very phone friendly, btw).

  • ZRod

    It makes me scroll a little to the right on my 10.1″ netbook. Not a big deal but if its an easy fix, well, you should fix it. If not, don’t bother.
    I personally would like to see less white around the text and maybe a line of text showing more stories than just the newest 4.

  • grellanl

    The attention to detail on design here goes from strength to strength. Good work.

    You could put a note, a link or something on the ‘edit profile’ page, though, to point people where to edit or specify their avatar. Took me a couple seconds to figure it out!

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