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Arlo CEO teases upcoming app enhancements such as widgets, 2FA, and temporary notification muting

Monday, November 26th, 2018

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Connected security cameras from Arlo are some of the best on the market — Ryan called the Pro 2 the best wireless camera in his review, despite a couple of drawbacks. With Cyber Monday deals you can still get some substantial discounts on Arlo products (like at Amazon and Costco), and thanks to a tweet from the company's CEO, there will soon be even more features to make it worth your while.

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Arlo CEO teases upcoming app enhancements such as widgets, 2FA, and temporary notification muting was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Samsung’s new gesture navigation solution actually looks quite promising

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Gesture navigation is considered by some to be an important innovation in smartphone UX, not least because it removes the nav bar and allows for more content on the display. It's not easy to get it right, but Apple has done a pretty good job of it and Android OEM's like OnePlus have also had a good go (let's not waste our time discussing Google's Pixel abomination). Samsung's recently announced Galaxy A7 offers another new take on gesture nav, and it actually seems pretty good.

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Samsung's new gesture navigation solution actually looks quite promising was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

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 a snowstorm, and a persistent search bar.

Slowly but surely, Google has been introducing an updated look (that some are calling Material Design 2.0) to many of its products.

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Google Search desktop UI showing refreshed Material Design with rounded corners and persistent search bar was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Chrome Duplex UI updated with bottom bar that mirrors top toolbar options

Monday, June 18th, 2018

Google Chrome's Canary build offers "bleeding edge" features so they can be tested ahead of possible graduation to the more stable versions of the app. Recently, Google has been experimenting with the traditional top-positioned toolbar in response to ever taller Android handsets, first by moving the whole thing to the bottom (Chrome Home), and then by replacing that with a swiping up gesture to access to the new tab page (Chrome Duplex).

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Chrome Duplex UI updated with bottom bar that mirrors top toolbar options was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

YouTube Music is testing a new player UI and queue functionality

Friday, May 4th, 2018

As Google prepares to sunset Play Music in favor of a new subscription model for YouTube Music, some changes to the app are being made to bring it in line with its competitors. A new fullscreen player UI is rolling out, along with a queue feature similar to Play Music that lets you line up subsequent songs and change the order at will.

A Redditor with version 2.27.53 of the YouTube Music app discovered these new additions, although since it doesn't appear to be widespread it's likely Google is merely testing ahead of a future update.

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YouTube Music is testing a new player UI and queue functionality was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google’s rounded mobile search redesign is now rolling out to everyone

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Google isn't one to rest on its laurels when it comes to the UX of its apps and sites. The company is continually testing different looks as it tries to keep up with the ever-changing design landscape and make its products as easy to use as possible. Search is still the company's bread and butter, and accordingly, it gets A/B tested more than most other properties. These latest changes have been tested to varying extents in recent months, and from the numerous tips we've had it seems they're being rolled out more-widely now.

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Google's rounded mobile search redesign is now rolling out to everyone was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Play Store app now has a slightly redesigned menu layout

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

This is one of those minor UI changes we often see pop up in Google's apps, but we've been getting so many tips about it we thought we might as well let everyone else know about it. The Play Store, the portal to the Android app world, has been updated to include a slightly altered menu layout, and to be honest, it is an improvement.

Behind the hamburger, you'll find various areas relating to content types, the default screen being Apps & Games, which makes sense as this is the area of most interest on an Android phone.

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Play Store app now has a slightly redesigned menu layout was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook is testing further UI changes, including a pull-down navigation drawer

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

The devs in Menlo Park have been busy recently rolling out significant changes to the look of the Facebook app for Android, more about which you can read here. We've now received tips about a further change that's currently being tested which changes the linear, swipe- left hamburger menu to a pull-down grid of options. The new layout even has notification dots, just like Android Oreo.

 

Left: Old swipe menu.  Right: New pull-down grid.

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Facebook is testing further UI changes, including a pull-down navigation drawer was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook is adjusting the newsfeed to make it easier to read and more conversational

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Although it might not always seem like it, UX is paramount to Facebook's devs. They want to make engagement with the app as easy as possible in order to persuade users to keep coming back for more. Every change they make is rigorously tested, a difficult task given UI preferences are highly subjective among the app's billions of users. For that reason, we don't see too many changes. Over the next few weeks, Facebook is going to roll out some of the biggest visual adjustments we'll have seen for quite some time.

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Facebook is adjusting the newsfeed to make it easier to read and more conversational was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The Google Phone app could be getting an in-call floating action bar

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

If there's one thing that's certain in life, it's that Google is always testing some sort of interesting UI change in one of its apps. Some of them end up on the scrapheap, but some of them end up being integral parts of the experience we all have when using our Android devices. The latest test to be discovered is a floating bubble UI in the Google Phone app.

 

Left: The in-call floating button.

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The Google Phone app could be getting an in-call floating action bar was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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