Google is about to release their all-new Android L operating system which features a Material Design. It’s an interface that combines visual, motion, and interactive design all into one complete package. It can be kind of complicated to explain in detail but I want to show you some of the best-looking apps that take advantage of this design starting with the all-new Google Play Store version 5.
Upon booting up the updated Google Play Store, we can see that the colors used in this app are much more flat and vivid. They really stand out and don’t necessarily match, which really isn’t a bad thing since it’s so clean and simple. The Menu bar slides in from the left and my favorite little addition is the Menu icon that transforms into a back arrow once the Menu bar is slid in. it’s very subtle but the attention to detail is very nice. It just looks really good. Besides that, everything can be easily viewed by sliding through the UI from left to right. Even the Search bar slides in from the right. It’s very fast but you will notice it as the keyboard appears. And just overall, the entire app flows together very smoothly.
The other app I want to take a look at is the Google Newsstand app. It’s another app recently updated to the Material Design. As you can see, the app clearly demonstrates the new design as you have the similar sort of layout used in the Google Play Store, where you can navigate through the app from left to right. But what’s cool here is that it sort of reminds me of Google Now and how the cards appear from the bottom. The bits of info appear from the bottom of the screen, just like Google Now on this app. Actually, Google calls them cards which is pretty neat. But overall, it just looks really cool and if you’re looking for a news app with an elegant design, this might be the one for you. You should definitely check it out. And since it’s made by Google, it’s going to define what the Material Design UI should look like.
Another app you should check out is called Fenix. It’s the best Twitter client out there and it too got updated to Material Design a little while back. My favorite Material Design aspect is the + icon on the bottom that’s used to update your Twitter status. It sort of morphs in from the center of the display and it just looks really sleek. The Menu bar also slides in from the left and the little Menu icon on the top left moves in once it’s opened. And overall, just the app is very fluid and if you’re looking for a great Twitter client that emphasizes the new design, you should check out Fenix with an F. that’s F-E-N-I-X. It’s called Fenix, check it out.
And if you’re looking for a sexy calendar app with a Material Design, check out Today Month Calendar. The more I use this app, the more I really love it. It uses some of the bright, vivid colors Google uses in its apps. But the motion in this app is among the best I’ve seen. Everything really flows well together, especially when you add an event. The little circle + icon moves into the center of the window and the option to create an event just sort of pops up. It looks really cool. And just when you navigate the whole app, everything moves up and down and from left to right. It’s sort of like you’re shuffling a deck of info-packed cards. It’s definitely worth checking out.
The last app worth checking out today that takes advantage of Material Design is a rather simple one in that it’s a calculator app. It’s called One Calculator Material Design and well it’s a calculator app with the Material Design. You can swipe in from the left to the right to access various forms of information. You can change it from the simple layout to the more advanced layout and you can even select various types of functions. Whether it’s the standard calculator, matrix calculator, converter or grapher—it’s all there and it all looks great with Material Design. So if you’re looking for a good-looking calculator app, definitely check this one out.
I’ll leave all links to all the apps down below if you want to download them for yourself. But those were some of the best apps that demonstrated the new Material Design. If you guys liked this video and would like me to highlight some more apps with Material Design, make sure you give this video a big thumbs up, smash that like button—because if you do, it means you want to see more and I will deliver.