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A very typically Google app, Google Play Newsstand is indeed very well designed. It keeps content central and the interface minimal, while making excellent use of whitespace. This app validates the strength of sticking close to the design guidelines.
January 29, 2014
Set in a distinctly (and vocally) dark theme, this Twitter client relies heavily on gestures to ensure the content remains central to the application. While a refreshing alternative to the original (arguably, cluttered) app, it seems to be doing a little too much with the dark
January 29, 2014
Recollect—the to-do list that follows you around. Capture your tasks and reminders based on specific places like “the house” and “my office,” or more general place types like "any pharmacy" or “all bookstores.” As you go about your day, Recollect reminds you of the things you need to do so you can focus on what matters most. You just might find what you’re looking for.
January 28, 2014
Field Trip is your guide to the cool, hidden, and unique things in the world around you. Field Trip runs in the background on your phone. When you get close to something interesting, it pops up a card with details about the location. No click is required. If you have a headset or bluetooth connected, it can even read the info to you. Field Trip can help you learn about everything from local history to the latest and best places to shop, eat, and have fun. You select the local feeds you like and the information pops up on your phone automatically, as you walk next to those places.
January 17, 2014
The new Tumblr app is beautiful and shows how a completely native app can result in a much smoother experience than a hybrid approach. There are nice animations in empty views, preloaders and image thumbnails. Screen transitions and list items have bouncy effects which make the app fun to use. The content creation icon effect on the home screen is reminiscent of the Path app. The action bar on the homepage is replaced by tabs similar to the Twitter app. It's probably the only inconsistency in an otherwise brilliant app.
December 8, 2013
airbnb's re-designed Android app is absolutely gorgeous. Listings look amazing with photos being the centre of attention. The clean typography as well as the simple icon set keep the focus on the content. Colors are the primary means of asserting the brand throughout the app which also ensures that the app meshes in with the OS perfectly while maintaining it's individual identity.
November 26, 2013
Yahoo's latest re-design of it's Mail app is very refreshing. The account creation process on the phone was a bit of a pain. The app follows familiar navigation patterns, relying primarily on the navigation drawer and the action bar. The navigation drawer has 4 slots for other Yahoo apps. Yahoo seems to be following this pattern of advertising across all it's apps. One cool aspect the app is customizing the entire app using a background image. The background is blurred for regions which are text heavy increasing it's legibility.
October 21, 2013
Duolingo might be one of the most amazing apps on the Play Store. I have been using the website for a while and was absolutely delighted when the app came out on Android. The app is superbly designed. Right from the onboarding process to doing the lessons, everything seems perfect. Instead of just copying what was there on the website, the designers have optimized the UI for Android in little ways which makes a big difference. The app sticks to the Android style while maintaining a very unique identity.
October 20, 2013
Soundcloud let's you hear tracks uploaded by bands and music producers from around the world. The app starts off with a short tutorial after which you have to sign up or log in to use the app. The login screen puts more emphasis on social services like Google+ or Facebook. Screens are held together by the slide in navigation strip from the left. The Soundcloud icon in the action bar with the orange background is a little jarring. While you are playing a sound the actionbar shows a dynamic visualization of the sound frequencies which I found quite cool and very different from static icons.
September 23, 2013
Soundwave let's you share the music you are listening to with your social network. The app has a nice personalized onboarding tutorial which uses your name and location. It also gives you a small demo of the core feature just after onboarding. However, there is no demo or a tutorial on first launch and you are forced to sign up.
September 16, 2013