Tag: Design

Pocket gets a makeover in v7.0 and improves listening feature

Since it was acquired by Mozilla last year, Pocket has continued to be regularly updated with useful new features. Today’s update to version 7.0.1.2 is the biggest for some time, and it comes with a visual refresh and a new listening experience — Pocket is trying to be more like a podcast app. The ability […]

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Google Drive for Android is about to get a Material Design refresh

Google is continuing to slowly update all of its apps to a refreshed Material Design style (MD 2.0, to some) and the latest product to get this treatment is Google Drive on Android — the web version has already been updated. It’s not actually live yet, but the code is there ready to go, so […]

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Google Translate web is getting a Material Design makeover

The refreshed Material look, also known as Material theme or Material Design 2 in our circles, continues its march toward Google service domination. We’ve already seen it hit several apps on our phones, and its web expansion has been surprisingly rapid too. After Gmail, Google News, the Google support pages and personal account page, Android Messages, Hangouts […]

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Android 1.0 versus Android 9: A visual tour of how far we’ve come in a decade

Article Contents Android has changed tremendously in the last ten years. Returning to modern hardware after our historical series, I was struck by the visual differences across versions. For a closer look, we rolled back to an even earlier build on our T-Mobile G1/HTC Dream. For anyone who might be curious, here’s a quick visual […]

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Facebook’s promised Messenger redesign is starting to roll to some users

During its F8 2018 conference in May, Facebook previewed a major redesign to Messenger that it had teased earlier in the year, saying it would simplify the experience, remove some of the unnecessary interface elements, and put emphasis on the features most users want to get to quickly. Oh, and it should have a dark […]

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[Update: Again, again, again] Google testing a colorless shapeless Play Store redesign with large Install button

You know those beautiful bold colors that were supposed to make out Material Design? Yup, we’ve been kissing them goodbye for a long time now and it looks like they might be stripped away from one more app on your phone: the Play Store. A couple of users have started seeing a new Play Store […]

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Hypnotic video of 3D-printed plant forms undulating underwater

Hydrophytes are 3D-printed multimaterial forms that explore the possibilities for engineered plants of the future. Via University of Wellington: Introducing Hydrophytes, 3D printed ‘plants’ that respond to their surroundings in incredibly lifelike ways. These objects are part of unique research into multi-material 4D printing by Master of Design Innovation student Nicole Hone, and they’re drawing […]

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Google Assistant’s new Material visual responses start rolling out to some users

Back at I/O 2018, Google announced two changes to the design and experience of Assistant on your phone. The first one, the visual snapshot that brings Google Now-like cards of your day, rolled out a couple of months ago (even though most of us still don’t have the fancy swipe-up gesture to activate it); but the second […]

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Samsung Internet Browser gets design overhaul in v9.0 Beta [APK Download]

Since it became available for non-Samsung phones, its Internet Browser app has become a popular alternative to Google Chrome. Compared to the stable version currently served by the Play Store (v7.4), there are several aesthetic differences in the v9.0 Beta, seemingly aligning better with the upcoming Samsung Experience 10 update.  Versions 7.4 and 9.0. The first […]

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Google Search desktop UI showing refreshed Material Design with rounded corners and persistent search bar

I’ve been noticing it pretty much since I arrived in Germany for IFA 2018, and now we’ve had a few tips from readers to confirm it. Google’s desktop search UI is being updated to more closely follow the latest evolution of the company’s Material Design guidelines — this means rounded corners everywhere, more white than […]

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Artist Spotlight: Studio Grand-Père

Love these colourful patterns and illustrations from Studio Grand-Père. Founded by designer Rafaela Mascaro in 2015, Studio Grand-Père is all about using illustration to help inspire creativity and encourage diversity around the world. See more images below. Each week our members share their work with us and we highlight the best of these submissions as Editors’ […]

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New Material UI and dark mode are back in latest Android Messages [APK Download]

If there’s one thing we love when it comes to the subject of Android here, it’s a good tease. Over the last couple of weeks, Google surreptitiously added and subsequently disabled an updated Material Design interface for Android Messages. In addition to the app’s blinding new all-white aesthetic, it also included a new dark mode […]

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[Update: Reverting] Android Messages v3.5 adds new Material UI with dark mode [APK Download]

Both Google Phone and Google Contacts had Material redesigns earlier this month. As such, people began speculating that Android Messages would also soon be revamped, and now it’s happened. On top of the redesign, version 3.5 of Android Messages also brings a long-awaited dark mode. Old vs New. My first thought when seeing this new […]

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Test Drive: 2018 Audi RS 5 Coupe

From Aspen‘s Main Street to the Continental Divide at Independence Pass and from Phoenix out into the cacti-laden Sonoran Desert, we’ve thus far taken the 2018 Audi RS 5 Coupe on two adventures of startling beauty. There’s a reason we returned to the wheel—and return would again; the high performance vehicle is an object of impeccable design. […]

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Detroit Design Festival Grows to Month-Long Extravaganza

In 2015, Detroit was anointed as the first-ever UNESCO City of Design in the United States. This honor pertains to their astounding past and the continued revitalization coursing through the Motor City as we speak. In celebration of the award and the abundant creative energy, Detroit Design Core has expanded the Detroit Design Festival from one week’s […]

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