+101 - Vote for the best Android Apps


101 Best Android Apps Archive

Posts Tagged ‘server-side’

Google Maps continues its Material makeover with new search interface

Monday, January 28th, 2019

Google Maps' Material transformation is an ongoing process. Over the past couple of months, we've seen one aspect after the other of the app change from the previous Material aesthetic to the new one — colloquially known as Material Design 2.0 or Material Theme. The most recent part of the UI to make the jump is the search interface.

In what seems to be a server-side test (some of us have it, others don't), the Maps app is shedding its previous search UI for a new one.

Read More

Google Maps continues its Material makeover with new search interface was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Play Store tests show inverted Games and Apps tabs, no overflow button, and new pop-up menu

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

The Google Play Store seems to be in a perpetual state of server-side tests. No sooner do we discover one new interface element being changed or added than there is another one to look into. Two tests have made their way to our inbox today. One shows a small, but telling, change in the tabs order and names; the other sees the overflow button disappear from all app "cards" and be replaced by a new tap-and-hold gesture and pop-up menu.

Read More

Play Store tests show inverted Games and Apps tabs, no overflow button, and new pop-up menu was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Spotify is testing an updated Car View mode suitable for driving

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

For the past few years, Spotify has been doing its best to make it easier and safer for you to control your music while driving. You can use Android Auto (in the car, or standalone on your phone) to manage Spotify in a driving-friendly way, as well as the simpler controls integrated with Waze and Google Maps, but Spotify has also been working on its own in-app driving mode. We spotted it more than a year ago, but the interface never rolled out widely.

Read More

Spotify is testing an updated Car View mode suitable for driving was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Speed trap icons and vocal warnings are rolling out on Google Maps for some users

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

For the longest time, users have been bemoaning the lack of Waze-like reports on Google Maps, even though the two apps are technically part of the same company. Things started moving in the right direction when we spotted crash and speed trap reports in Google Maps in November, then again in December, though the feature hasn't rolled out to everyone yet and is still a little flighty in the way it works.

Read More

Speed trap icons and vocal warnings are rolling out on Google Maps for some users was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Phone’s new three-column Favorites UI is rolling out

Saturday, December 8th, 2018

Back in August, we spotted a redesigned Favorites tab for Google's Phone app that was met with the approval of many readers. It's taken four months for this UI to start reaching users' phones. Luckily, it does appear to be a pretty widespread rollout.

The main change here is obviously the circular icons for contacts marked as Favorites. The previous interface had been around for a while and was starting to look a bit dated, so this is a welcome redesign.

Read More

Google Phone's new three-column Favorites UI is rolling out was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Wallpapers adds dozens of new wallpapers

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Google's official Wallpapers app doesn't get new version releases frequently, but that doesn't stop the content inside it from being updated on the server side. That's the case today, as dozens of new wallpapers have landed in multiple categories.

There's no changelog and no indicator for new wallpapers, so we have to rely on our memory to compare the currently available selection of images with the previous one. As far as I can tell, there are ten or so additions in five existing categories:

  • Landscapes
  • Textures
  • Life
  • Earth
  • Art

Our tipster, Rick, also appears to have a "Sky high" category that I don't see on my Pixel 2 XL (where I installed the new Live Wallpapers update for the Pixel 3) or my Nokia 7 Plus (regular Google Wallpapers app).

Read More

Google Wallpapers adds dozens of new wallpapers was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google’s new Discover feed is starting to roll out to users, full dark theme in tow

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

Last week, Google announced a rebranding of its Feed into Discover, tying together multiple server-side changes we had been spotting in the last year. From dividing cards with topic bubbles to having dedicated topic pagesmore/less content controls, a new dark theme, and an asterix-shaped icon, everything is there in the new update. And that new look is rolling out to more users now.

As always, these rollouts happen in batches, so don't worry if it takes days (if not weeks or months) for the new design to reach you.

Read More

Google's new Discover feed is starting to roll out to users, full dark theme in tow was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google’s new Discover feed is starting to roll out to users, full dark theme in tow

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

Last week, Google announced a rebranding of its Feed into Discover, tying together multiple server-side changes we had been spotting in the last year. From dividing cards with topic bubbles to having dedicated topic pagesmore/less content controls, a new dark theme, and an asterix-shaped icon, everything is there in the new update. And that new look is rolling out to more users now.

As always, these rollouts happen in batches, so don't worry if it takes days (if not weeks or months) for the new design to reach you.

Read More

Google's new Discover feed is starting to roll out to users, full dark theme in tow was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

YouTube for Android TV tests a new Now Playing UI with no suggested videos, no skip buttons, but easier access to captions

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

We live in a perpetual server-side microscopic interface change whirlwind. One day you get used to a new interface, the next another one starts popping up, improving some things, worsening others, and generally making our lives a little miserable in the process. But I can't complain, it's part of the reason I have a job, isn't it? The latest new UI we've spotted affects YouTube on Android TV, and it's not all good news. 

A couple of weeks ago, we got a tip about a new Now Playing UI in YouTube for Android TV, but we couldn't replicate it.

Read More

YouTube for Android TV tests a new Now Playing UI with no suggested videos, no skip buttons, but easier access to captions was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google+ app adds your profile to the bottom bar, replaces Collections with Discover

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

The social networking service that everyone loves to hate has actually made some decent strides over the past year or so on both the web and Android in terms of convenience and usability. A cohesive user experience is probably not what Google+ needs most in its quest for mainstream relevance, but it can’t hurt to try new things.

The latest small changes noticed by devoted fans of the Android app include the addition of a fifth bottom bar option.

Read More

Google+ app adds your profile to the bottom bar, replaces Collections with Discover was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Other Stuff

Sponsors

Apps Jobs - Search and advertise android apps jobs