Shazam is working on an update to their music identification app to bring users a new, cleaner interface. This should make it easier to preview, buy, and share songs or TV show information. Shazam is also improving access to lyrics, showing them as soon as a song is matched. Shazam is also improving the speed with which information about broadcast TV shows is displayed. » Read the rest
Box, one of the top cloud-storage services, has written up a blog post about what they’re doing to make their Android app experience top-notch. They’ve discussed how they’re working to make the Android app a great experience, utilizing Project Butter and several optimization tricks to make everything fast, fluid, and easy to use.
Box discussed how the most commonly uploaded types of files are image files. In fact, they’re uploaded five times more than the next most common file type, which is PDFs. Since that means that a majority of users are only using box to store and browse photos, image browsing was at the top of their priority list. They’ve overhauled how image thumbnails are loaded and viewed so everything is buttery smooth and completely functional, which should make current users happy and draw more new users into the service. » Read the rest
When Google bought Waze back in June for around $1 billion, we all speculated about the awesome changes this could eventually bring to Google Maps. We’ve seen quite a few since then, but this is the first time that we’re actually seeing signs that Google is truly taking control over the Waze application.
In a new update, Waze has integrated a new search bar (powered by Google, of course) which is visible while viewing the map. The UI is someone cleaner-looking as well and certainly more minimal. 1080p devices also now have full support available, and some bug fixes and optimizations were thrown in as well.
This is certainly just the start of the changes we’ll be seeing with the Waze app, as Google will want to make their $1 billion acquisition worthwhile.
The Yahoo! Weather app has undergone a complete redesign and the results so far look great. It’s got all the same great features that you would expect from any weather app, and also includes detailed information such as 10-day and 24-hour temperature forecasts, interactive radar, satellite, heat, and wind maps, severe weather alerts, animated sunrise & sunset times and wind & pressure modules, humidity sensor, UV index, and chance of precipitation and new home screen widgets. All photos in the app match your location, time of day, and current weather condition— any they aren’t corny mocked up photos either— all photos are submitted by users, which is a really neat feature as well. Check out the app for yourself to see how great the update truly is. Screenshot gallery and link to the app in the Play Store after the break.
Motorola’s new camera software is setting itself up to be one of the major selling points of the device, and with good reason. It’s clean, minimalist, and will hopefully give users plenty of options to get excellent photos. If you don’t want to wait until the official device to test drive it, though, you don’t have to anymore thanks to the latest ripped camera apk from newer Motorola devices thanks to Android Police.
The interface is just as clean as we’ve seen it, and most of the features work, including video recording and taking pictures, both single shots and burst shots. Unfortunately, the wrist flicking gestures don’t work, panoramic mode causes a crash, and the slow-motion and HDR modes both don’t function, so it’s not 100% ready for prime time. Still, though, if you don’t absolutely have to have those features and just want a new toy to play with on your phone, it’s 90% functional. Hit the break below to grab the apk to install on your phone.
source: Android Police
One of our favorite music playing apps, doubleTwist, is undergoing a makeover. The folks over at Android Police managed to sneak a look at a blog post that was accidentally posted by their developers dealing with a Holo user-interface redesign. As you can see from the image above, it’s not really a full redesign, but more just design tweaks to flatten and simplify the design to make it less 3D.
The blog post mentions that the doubleTwist team was initially reluctant to fully switch to Holo in fear that Android may shift their design guidelines in future versions. Now that Holo looks like it’s here to stay, they went ahead with the redesign. Before it was deleted, the blog post was dated May 28, so we will probably see the update live in the Play Store tomorrow.
Source: Android Police
Without an official announcement today at the Google I/O keynote, Google has quietly rolled out a nice looking update to their YouTube app for Google TV. A new UI is featured, which makes navigation a bit easier and more user friendly.
Improved Playback video controls are also included, and subscription options are much easier to use as well. Check out the link to the app in the Google Play Store after the break. » Read the rest
HTC has teamed up with Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa to release the next iteration of the stylish Japanese “Infobar” phone series. The phone runs a completely new UI known as “iida UI 2.0″ (iida stands for “innovation,” “imagination,” “design” and “art”) and it certainly lives up to its name. The iida UI comes with all sorts of fancy animations, eye candy, and intuitive touch based navigation. The beautiful new skin is running atop of Android 4.1 but you wouldn’t know it by looking at the software. In fact, it looks like it could be more related to Windows Phone with a home screen that mimics Windows’ “live tiles” layout.
The phone itself sports some pretty great specs including a 1.5GHz quad-core chip from Qualcomm, 1GB of RAM, a 4.7-inch 720p display, 16GB of storage, a microSD slot, and a capacious 2,100mAh battery. As for radios, the phone will primarily rely on an LTE radio (800/1500), but also has capabilities to access CDMA2000 800/2100 and WCDMA 850/1900/2100 networks, meaning it would be a great global phone. Besides all that you get an 8 megapixel camera with HTC’s Imagesense technology, a 2.1 front facing camera, Beats Audio, and NFC! It’s all packed inside the 9.7mm-thick, 147g-heavy waterproof (IPX5 and IPX7) and dustproof (IP5X) body. Pretty cool! The phone is set to be released in Japan around mid-February. Check out some videos of the device’s new UI and some more photos after the break! Do you guys prefer this to HTC’s Sense UI?
Skype released an update today that focuses on Microsoft’s move to use the service in place of Windows Live Messenger and to introduce improvements in the tablet experience. Skype’s tablet UI changes include little things like re-positioning navigation buttons and menus to better use the screen real estate afforded by tablet devices. The window for video is larger as well. However, early adopters of this new version are already complaining that the app forces the use of landscape mode. » Read the rest
A couple years ago Google brought webOS designer Matias Duarte on board to direct the Android User Experience. Since then, he has been responsible for many of the design decisions found in the award-winning Android user interface. His hard work is again being recognized, this time by Fast Company who named him as one of the top fifty designers shaping the future.
Despite the accolades, Duarte indicates he is far from where he wants to be with Android. In comments on his Google+ page, he indicates that he is “only about a third of the way to where I want to be with regards to consistency, responsiveness, and polish.” This sentiment is consistent with remarks he made at Mobile World Congress this past February.
What would you like to see Duarte and his team take on while they work on the remaining two thirds?