Tag Archive: material


Metal vs. plastic vs. glass: Which is the best phone material?

Three impossible choices.

Phones all look the same once you scrape away a few details. They’re rectangles designed to fit (mostly) into one’s hand and a display where we can tap and poke the things we see to find other things poke and tap. You can even make phone calls with them!

It’s those details, though, that makes the difference. Speakers, bevels, buttons and the physical size are the things that make a Galaxy Note different from  [Read More…]

Material Design UI and new features coming soon to Gmail on web

Gmail on the web will soon get upgraded with a new UI, Smart Replies, email snoozing, and more.

Back in May, Google hosted a NEXT Live EMEA event to talk about new features coming to Google Cloud and G Suite. A lot of information was spewed out at the event, and one announcement that slipped under our radar has to do with a few new additions that are coming to Gmail.

First thing’s first, the most noticeable upgrade for  [Read More…]

E FUN and NOOK now offer free reading material on Nextbook tablets

Consumer mobile electronics designer, E FUN announced this week it has partnered up with Barnes&Nobles in order to provide owners of the Nextbook Ares 8A, Ares 10A and Ares 11A with free reading materials. Users will have to access the pre-installed NOOK Reading app on their device and set up a NOOK account in order […]

Google News & Weather app gets a Material redesign and some spitshine

Good news for Google News (& Weather)!

This week’s app update has given Google News & Weather an update that lets it better match the Google News website and better match other Google apps like Google Now and Google Home, brightening things up and cleaning the busy sections drawer a little. It’s not a huge overhaul, but it is a welcoming to see Google updating apps for consistency.

The  [Read More…]

The case for a Material Dark culture on Android

I love hex black and a dark UI!

You Android-lovers can’t deny,

That when an app installs in an itty-bitty space,

With a dark theme in your face,

You get sprung!

Google and Android are filled with white, white, white UIs. It wasn’t always that way, but it is now. The only real dark system UIs available right now are downloadable TouchWiz themes and third-party apps and Google’s apps are whiter than my jeans-365-days-a-year legs. Night modes  [Read More…]

YouTube launching new Material Design interface, including a dark theme

It’s time to bring one of Google’s most successful properties to modern design standards.

YouTube is refreshing its interface across the web and smartphones, undertaking a complete Material Design refresh to make the experience cleaner and easier to focus on videos. The main layout of the website is remaining intact, but the entire look is simpler, flatter and cleaner than ever before — something that should come as no surprise if you’ve used Google’s other websites or Android apps  [Read More…]

Google announces the 2016 Material Design Award winners

Google recognizes best-in-class apps design and the people who develop them with the 2016 Material Design Awards.

Google introduced the Material Design Award in 2015 to showcase applications that embrace and embody Android’s design principles better than any others. At Google I/O 2016, the app Robinhood won the Google Play Award for Best Use of Material Design, and today they are announcing the category winners for 2016.

The awards are broken into categories that highlight how  [Read More…]

The case for a Material Dark theme in Android

I love hex black and a dark UI!

You Nougat-lovers can’t deny,

That when an app installs in an itty, bitty space,

With a dark theme in your face,

You get sprung!

Google and Android are filled with white, white, white UIs. It wasn’t always that way, but it is now. The only real dark system UIs available right now are downloadable TouchWiz themes, and Google’s apps are whiter than my jean-365-days-a-year legs. Night modes have  [Read More…]

10 of the absolute best icon packs with Material Design

As many of you know, Material Design was a concept introduced by Google in 2014. Slow to see adoption early it, it is now seeping into apps, games, and other aspects of the mobile experience. But, not everything we see on our Androids is Material Design. Sometimes it doesn’t make sense, like in the area of

Get Material this Wallpaper Wednesday

Don’t let your home screen fall into a rut — switch out your wallpaper!

You don’t have to pull out a complex new theme like Spider-Man to bring a breath of fresh air to your home screen. A new wallpaper can do wonders, and launchers like Action Launcher can re-theme your entire home screen around a good wallpaper. In our effort to help brighten your device — and maybe your day — we’re compiling some wallpapers  [Read More…]