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Google Chromecast ambient mode UI changes are rolling out to more users

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

This won't be the most important thing you'll read all day, but we're getting so many tips about it that we had to write a post. Back in April 2018, Google was spotted testing changes to the Chromecast ambient mode/home screen, and the new UI is now rolling out more widely.

Most people probably won't even notice, but Google Sans replaces Roboto entirely as the typeface used for the clock, weather, and other information.

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Google Chromecast ambient mode UI changes are rolling out to more users was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Opinion: Chrome OS is buggier and more poorly designed than ever

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

I've used Chromebooks off and on for years. I used the first Dell Chromebook 11 for much of high school, then I purchased an ASUS C302 last year. The C302 is still one of the best laptops I've ever used, and that's mostly thanks to how Chrome OS has evolved over the past few years. It's no longer a browser-only thin client — it can run Android apps, Linux programs, and powerful web applications.

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Opinion: Chrome OS is buggier and more poorly designed than ever was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Account on the web gets new Material Design makeover

Friday, December 21st, 2018

Slowly but surely, all of Google's products are being updated to the latest evolution of its Material Design theme. The whiter, more rounded look came to the Google Account settings on Android back in the summer, and now it's now arrived at myaccount.google.com on the web.

As we've seen with Google's other properties, the left sidebar now has a rounded pastel-shaded highlight to denote where you are, all of the cards have nice rounded corners, and the Google Sans typeface is increasingly prominent.

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Google Account on the web gets new Material Design makeover was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Samsung may have stopped limiting free theme usage on Android Pie

Thursday, December 20th, 2018

Over the years, Samsung has had some great ideas. The Note series pushed the industry to adopt larger screens, TouchWiz had one of the first implementations of multi-window, and Samsung Pay is one of the more versatile mobile payment solutions around. Its decision to begin pushing people to use paid themes by restricting free theme usage to two weeks was not one of those great ideas - and now it looks like that plan is being walked back.

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Samsung may have stopped limiting free theme usage on Android Pie was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google is testing a new UI for Assistant that puts Explore and your visual snapshot in the bottom bar

Friday, December 14th, 2018

Google has toyed with Assistant's interface on Android countless times so far, adding a keyboard input method, Google Lens, then the Explore section, and finally the Now-like interface of upcoming cards (aka "visual snapshot"). But two things have puzzled me about it: one is that Explore and Visual Snapshot were almost invisible to people and I always had to explain where the icons were and what the did, and two is that getting to your Assistant's settings was an even more obscure process, and it was almost easier to just do it from the Google Home app than Assistant.

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Google is testing a new UI for Assistant that puts Explore and your visual snapshot in the bottom bar was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Maps tests directions screen with refreshed Material Design, rolls out For You tab to 130 countries

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

With every few updates, Google Maps seems to walk closer and closer to a full-fledged refresh of its Material interface, helping it go along with the new direction Google is taking this year with its app design language. We've seen a new look for the main interface, an updated side menu, overhauled hotel listings, new fonts in many places throughout the app, a persistent Overview/Reviews/Photos bar on some place listings, and even an update to the look of the app on Android Auto.

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Google Maps tests directions screen with refreshed Material Design, rolls out For You tab to 130 countries was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Official] Google Translate web is getting a Material Design makeover

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

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 MessagesHangouts Chat, and even the Chrome web store, now's the time for us to have a glimpse at what Translate would look like in this new design.

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[Update: Official] Google Translate web is getting a Material Design makeover was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Official] Google Translate web is getting a Material Design makeover

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

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 MessagesHangouts Chat, and even the Chrome web store, now's the time for us to have a glimpse at what Translate would look like in this new design.

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[Update: Official] Google Translate web is getting a Material Design makeover was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Once more] Google testing a colorless shapeless Play Store redesign with large Install button

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

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.

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[Update: Once more] Google testing a colorless shapeless Play Store redesign with large Install button was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Photos site updated to match the app’s refreshed Material UI

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Google Photos' Android app was updated back in September to Google's hot new, mostly white aesthetic. At the time, the site still lagged behind with older iconography and layout, but no longer. Today Google has pushed that same Material Theme/Material Design 2 look onto the Google Photos site.

Google Photos homepage/"Photos" gallery.

Of course, the site already used a white background, so the most immediately noticeable change is the updated iconography and font.

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Google Photos site updated to match the app's refreshed Material UI was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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