Android hasn’t always been one of the prettiest mobile platforms, but thanks to the design changes Google has made in recent years, it is now. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for some third-party Android apps.
Take Instagram, for example. It still looks like an exact port of Instagram’s iOS app from 2012, and it doesn’t make any efforts to follow Google’s “Holo” design guidelines for the more recent versions of Android. If it did, it could look pretty fantastic — as these fan-made mockups demonstrate.
Google has made some revisions to the design of its LG-made Nexus 5 handset, with subtle differences between those bought shortly after its launch and those manufactured more recently. The revisions address a number of issues that users had discovered with the original design, including loose buttons a protruding SIM trays.
Facebook is hard at work on delivering a much-needed redesign to its Android app, and we have an early glimpse at what the new design will look like thanks to these leaked screenshots. It’s much “flatter” and cleaner than the existing design — a lot like the new Facebook Messenger app — and it makes the app look much more likes its counterparts for iOS and Windows Phone.
It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago when PayPal last overhauled its mobile apps with a brand new user interface, but in a new update for Android and iOS this week, the company has changed its look again.
The “bold new design” is a much better fit for Android’s Holo user interface guidelines, while its lack of virtual stitching a fake leather will surely please those upgrading to iOS 7 later this month.
According to a recent report printed by a Chinese publication, next year’s replacement for the Nexus 4 will be manufactured by LG with its designs being based around the electronic giants recently announced G2.
Google has rolled out a major Google Maps update for Android smartphones and tablets, which is also “coming soon” to iPhone and iPad. It introduces a new design that finally boasts a dedicated user interface for tablets, as well as enhanced navigation and new features.
Glympse has announced that it will be teaming up with Evernote to enable users to archive a list of their Glympse trails within their Evernote notebooks. By utilizing the built-in sharing features in the Android OS, Glympse location data can be automatically shared to a dedicated “My Glympse Trails” folder in their Evernote account.
Microsoft has rolled out a major update to Skype for Android today, introducing a brand new user interface focused on quality and performance. The update aims to establish a “common set of experiences across multiple platforms,” and it comes as Skype celebrates 100 million mobile installs worldwide.
Android chief Sundar Pichai has revealed on Twitter that he is “excited” to try out the new iOS 7 beta that Apple released to registered developers following its WWDC keynote on Monday. He’s even willing to splash $99 on a developer account to get early access to it.
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