Microsoft's revamps its OneDrive beta for Android with Material Design, does it surprisingly well

Microsoft's revamps its OneDrive beta for Android with Material Design, does it surprisingly well
Microsoft is certainly not a stranger to Android apps - as we've told you numerous times before, Redmond looks pretty poised to keep its application portfolio for Google's platform refreshed, polished, and as competitive as possible. OneDrive is one of these apps, for sure. 

In order to remain competitive on the dynamic market for cloud services, Microsoft has ostensibly decided to be on the edge and the recent visual revamp of that app is a definite proof.

In particular, the beta version of the OneDrive Android app (version 2.9.6) has just received a Material Design overhaul, which suggests that the official version of the app might eventually receive it. What's striking is how well has Microsoft implemented the Material Design guidelines in the app; it looks somewhat more "Google-ish" than a few of the search giant's own Android apps, for example. We are totally looking for this visual makeover to make its way to the "flagship" OneDrive app.

Interestingly enough, you don't need to join a developers' Google+ group or something of the ilk in order to make use of the app: you're only required to download it manually and install it afterwards. You can do so by visiting the source link.


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21 Comments

1. hafini_27

Posts: 945; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Nice!

2. oldhamletman

Posts: 72; Member since: Sep 03, 2011

this is absolutely a ridiculous article..... the ideas that its surprising for MS to do an app well and the inference that they are struggling to stay competitive in the cloud space are absurd their android apps and the entire windows phone system is top notch... and One Drive is by far the largest cloud service and also has the best overall implementation with complete user data availability on phone, tablet and PC integrated without the user having to do squat Phone arena doesn't know anything about Windows Phone or Microsoft

7. jojon

Posts: 430; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

spot on, not sure why they bother actualy

13. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

I think the better question is why do we bother

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7004; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Just like your comment is also ridiculous where you stated that "One Drive is by far the largest cloud service". When the world knows its not.

14. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

OneDrive is not only for phones, if you think its just a phone thing, then I can understand why you say that, but remember its on computers, and tablets. Every tablet and every computer have one drive, even mines came with it preinstalled, so think about it, its on every device, even android like the article is talking about and ios

15. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

You completely missed the point but I don't expect you to understand. He is a poster and the "writer" should be less bias. This site is full of people like yourself including most of the want a be editors of this site

17. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really? I beg to differ. You have to consider that there are many services outside of Microsoft tied to OneDrive. Then you have to add all of Microsoft own services tied to it as well. I would say it is bigger even if the vast majority of Windows users don't use it. Just remember, many services count users even if all they do is sign up for the free service and never ever use it. OneDrive(SkyDrive) by default is installed on all computers running Windows 8. Surely not all 1.3Billion Windows users have an MS account. But, if any of them sign into a single MS service, basically they have signed into all of them and are counted I am sure, and would make it the largest. After all Microsoft ha s been offering cloud service even before it came to be named such. After all, email by default is a cloud service and MS Exchange has been the defacto standard for years and still is for many. Also, I would probably be right is I said it still has more users than any mail server application and its client vs any other.

12. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

This website disrespect microsoft all the time, they bring up biggest batteries and the lumia 1520 have a 3400 mah, and it was not on the list, while older phones made the list. Its just the little things like that, I only bring up this one because its recent, if you just scroll through the news article, you will find a lot more. I do not mind if they hate microsoft stuff, but if you doing a website on them, and other devices, at least not be bias. If you want to be bias just call it IOSDroidArena

19. g2a5b0e unregistered

Look at the list again. Every single phone on it came out in the last year. The 1520 did not. Stop making up stuff that isn't true.

21. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

AMEN.

4. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

that is not full material design...its not best looking either...

5. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Dumb article when you take into consideration that material design is a watered down version of Metro.

6. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Funny logics of you, but thanks for your opinion anyway.

8. vipervoid123

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Look good ~

9. uchihakurtz

Posts: 427; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Wow, MS sure put a lot of effort even for its competitor's OS. If only Google would do the same, oh wait

10. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

You can also get 100 gigs for 2 years free with Bing rewards right now.

20. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Not to mention 100gb with dropbox and onedrive promotion too. Seriously pa is slow as hell. If this was google drive, there would be 6 articles detailing every aspect of the promotion.

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yea, because its so hard to flatten graphics and just make the UI white with black text. lol It does look nice, but to be surprised (at least by the title) is crazy :-)

18. rjmlive

Posts: 74; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

Surprised are you? The most UI design forward tech company in the world right now can update a clean metro/material style app.. I thought this was a tech blog..

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