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The best of Material Design apps for Android so far

0. phoneArena 18 Aug 2014, 08:41 posted on

It's been a good two months since Material Design's grandiose reveal at this year's Google I/O. So far, it's been mostly smooth sailing - the elaborate design language is still fresh, and developers are already catching up to its principles in colorful, pleasant to use apps...

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posted on 18 Aug 2014, 08:49

1. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2599; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Really nice designs.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 09:24 4

2. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 726; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Shame sliding explorer has basic functionality, I do like the looks of it. But ES still beats the app when it comes to functionality

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 09:50 2

3. nexusdude (Posts: 149; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)


Nothing better than Root Browser.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 10:27 1

5. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 726; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Does it support cloud drives & fileshares as well?

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 10:03 4

4. dil2abu (Posts: 186; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


ES for me too

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 10:31

8. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Try file expert. It has root functionality and cloud sync too.
I hate ES's interface.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 10:56

11. buccob (Posts: 1400; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


I got used to ES Interface... swiping from folder to folder... really nice specially when moving or coping files.. and recently they added drag and drop.

You should go back to trying ES

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 12:46

12. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 726; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Thanks for the info, will try that. And been playing around with ES's themes a bit (there are 2 lol) but I agree, interface is not that good.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 10:35 1

9. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I've tried Sliding explorer, Android authority recommended it last year. If you want more features, specify it in the user review, the dev will reply you and he's very good at support. Try donating too.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 18:15

15. AfterShock (Posts: 2799; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


I love ES as well.
Just wish I could get it to work rooted with L.

It'll happen.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 10:28

6. VyktorJonas (Posts: 22; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


- no semi-transparent statusbar or animations=not material design
- to show how the apps really are you should've got a L rom, not kitkat
- MindFlux is anything but material design

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 10:28

7. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I love today calendar's design and functionality. But I simply refuse to pay for a calendar app.
Downloaded S-converter though, loving it.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 10:39

10. TechFreak123 (Posts: 83; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)


Unclouded looks the best.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 15:24

13. AlikMalix (Posts: 391; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Looks like flat, minimal style design wasn't all that bad when apple introduced iOS 7. Why was flat so bad a year ago and it's it's such a rage today? Why isn't anyone "Outraged"?

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 16:39 1

14. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 726; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Holo design by Google was already minimal, as well as WP phone was minimal. And most users loved this minimal setup. So I don't think it was bad a year ago. Perhaps iOS users complained about it, missing skeuomorphism when iOS 7 followed the flat trend

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 01:13

17. AlikMalix (Posts: 391; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Actually I remember it like yesterday.. Yes some iOS users weren't happy about skeumorphism going away, it's true. But the entire design language of new iOS 7 was negatively criticized by Android users, probably the same ones who said iOS never changes... "lazy design due to lack of design" comes to mind as some have put.

But look at it today - and nearly all apps (Android and iOS) are embrasing the flat simplistic design and now it's Android with Material Design, it's flat, it's colorful, and it's flat... And everyone is praising it. Dont get me wrong, I like it, some details even more than iOS, but it feels like iOS is always ridiculed when it's pushing boundaries. first it was a button-less screen, App store, then Siri, then minimalist design then 64-bit, then touch ID, then Car Play... I've heard them all, yet a year later (or 3 years for Google Now) others embrace it and it's "wonderful".

And I'll put iFans on the line too... Quick Toggles (guilty - thought it was redundant), notifications, whatever else comes to your mind. But I specifically made a post regarding the "material design" outlined in this article.

But "iOS 7 followed the flat trend" comment is questionable, since it does not look like Holo (which was primarily a blue accents ontop of dark grey menus without transparencies) and WP which is just tiles on 2D space (it gets points for finding something different). iOS7 is colorful (pun intended) and feels layered in a thee-dimensional space, but primary goal behind iOS7 is to make UI disappear and that was achieved with natural gestures.

Dont get me wrong, I would love to see iOS 7 mixed in with Holo as a dark-theme to iOS7, but I do like navigating within iOS7 more than navigating in any other platform or launchers that I've tried...

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 18:19

16. AfterShock (Posts: 2799; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Wtf is Liveitup?

Not gloating about how WP inspired this beauty while implying it couldn't be here today without flat looks.
Good grief, he has a lot of developers to remind where this influenced idea came from, maybe that is precisely what he is doing now.
Fastest growing OS and APP style trend ever.

Go get emm Liveitup.

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