The best of Material Design apps for Android so far

The best of Material Design apps for Android so far
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.

Although Material Design apps are few and far between, the evidence that this style can live on its own outside Google's stock apps is here, and it's quite convincing. We've rounded up some of the best Material Design-styled apps to come so far, and things look promising. Little by little, the Play Store will fill itself with apps that fully complement the visual identity of Android's next major version.

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17 Comments

1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Really nice designs.

2. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

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

3. nexusdude

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

Nothing better than Root Browser.

5. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Does it support cloud drives & fileshares as well?

4. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

ES for me too

8. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

11. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 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

12. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

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.

9. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

15. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

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

6. VyktorJonas

Posts: 40; Member since: Mar 26, 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

7. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

10. TechFreak123

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

Unclouded looks the best.

13. AlikMalix unregistered

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"?

14. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

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

17. AlikMalix unregistered

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...

16. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 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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