Best Android system tools: optimize your smartphone

DiskUsage is an app which helps you visualize your Android storage space. With a simple, clear interface, diskUsage scans your device to shows your file structure in the form of colored blocks. The larger the block, the more storage space that particular item uses.

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And that’s about it. You can find out more about each app by tapping it and hitting ‘Show’, but this simply brings you to the native app info page (which anybody can find in their Settings menu). Other file types often don’t offer any further menu or information.

It’s basic, certainly, but that’s also diskUsage’s strength: it’s arguably the best way for you to get an overview of your smartphone’s accessible memory. It’s light on permissions, too.

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Greenify – restrict your apps

Greenify is an app that you can use to restrict other apps. It analyzes those which could cause a problem, highlights where they may be at fault, and then allows you to ‘hibernate’ them, should you wish to.

Not only does Greenify offer a chance to reduce background processing, but it also has the potential to improve battery life. This may occur with app hibernation but also through some experimental Greenify features like ‘aggressive Doze’ and ‘Doze on the Go’.

It’s clever and useful, but you do need to use it with some initiative: as Greenify is so good at restricting processes, it can be problematic when used on certain apps. Alarms, for example, won’t work if you hibernate them. Make sure Greenify is only used on apps which you absolutely do not need running in the background.

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SD Maid – remove unnecessary files

When it comes to file deletion, SD Maid is one of the best. This app searches your smartphone for extraneous files – those left behind by an app, perhaps, or cached data you no longer need – to purge your device of them.

These unnecessary files can appear on your device for many reasons, but the simple CorpseFinder and SystemCleaner tools do an excellent job of finding and removing them.

You’ll need the relatively inexpensive Pro version to get the most out of SD Maid, but it’s worth it, particularly if you’re smartphone is running out of space. To read my recent interview with the SD Maid developer, hit the link.

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The Android powered BlackBerry Priv is now available from T-Mobile

If you’re a T-Mobile customer who has been waiting for theBlackBerry Priv to land on the nation’s third largest carrier, today is the day you’ve been looking forward to. The first Android powered BlackBerry is now available from T-Mobile’s retail locations and online store. Qualifying customers can purchase the phone for $0 down, paying off the balance at the rate of $30 each month for 24 months. That works out to $719.99 (you get a penny back in change).

If you don’t mind leasing the slider, you can turn to T-Mobile’s JUMP! On Demand. With that program, you can pay $0 down (which is always the best part), and pay $34 for 18 months ($612). With this plan, you are entitled to trade-in your phone and exchange it for a hot new model up to three times a year. At anytime, you can purchase the device by paying off the remaining installment balance and “residual purchase amount.”

If you are thinking about biting the bullet and paying the full retail price, you can actually save $20 by buying the unlocked version directly from BlackBerry. This model does support the T-Mobile pipeline. If you are interested in purchasing or leasing the device, click on the appropriate sourcelink. The BlackBerry Priv is available in your favorite color, assuming that your favorite color is black.

AT&T had an exclusive on the carrier-branded version of the phone in the U.S., which expired on January 20th. Both Verizon and Sprint will also be adding the slider to their equipment lineup in the not too distant future.

Google Maps for Android Can Now Figure Out Where You’re Going

Google Maps for Android Can Now Figure Out Where You're Going

Google Maps is all set to receive its first major update in 2016 which brings several new features including Driving mode and more.

The new Google Maps for Android version 9.19 is currently not available on Google Play and can be expected to be rolled out soon. For those who can’t wait for the new features can download the apk which is signed by Google via APK Mirror.

One of the biggest highlights of the upcoming Maps update is the ‘intelligent’ Driving mode which essentially utilises the user’s location history and Web searches to provide traffic updates and ETA (estimated time of arrival). The new Driving mode feature is an optional feature in the new Maps update for Android. It can be enabled from a shortcut on the home screen and can also be turned on from the navigation drawer.

Android Police points out that Driving mode in the latest update is already plagued with a bug that actually makes it hard to switch on the feature. “Driving mode has to be enabled through some arcane set of steps on each device before it can actually be used,” writes Cody Toombs of Android Police. Google may fix the bug before making the new app available to all users, and so a gradual rollout could be expected.

The new Maps for Android update (version 9.19) also brings the on-screen toggle for turning on or off the turn-by-turn voice assistance. Previously, the toggle for audio was shifted to overflow menu making it harder for users to turn on or off the option while driving.

The Google Maps interface has also received minor tweaks with the Manage location settings option been switched for Timeline settings. The new setting allows users to control what the users see and restrict data usage. Some of the other additions include to option to see images from Google Photos or switch on the search option to correct an inaccurately feed location.

Facebook Mentions App Finally Reaches Android

Facebook Mentions App Finally Reaches Android

The Facebook Mentions app, which was launched for iOS users back in 2014, has finally made it to Android. The app lets public figures with verified profiles broadcast live videos, interact with followers, track trending stories, and more. The app also lets public figures post public updates without spamming their friends and family members. They can also post Twitter or Instagram updates from within the app as well.

The Facebook Mentions app is now available to download from Google Play. It weighs 87MB and runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and later OS verisons.

In September last year, Facebook updated its Mentions app, making it available for all public figures with verified profiles. The app was previously limited to select influencers only. In August, the app got the ability to broadcast live stream videos to allow actors, musicians, and other celebrities a new way to connect with their fans.




Notably, Facebook Mentions is another product from the company’s Creative Labs, which claims the app “makes it easy for public figures to talk with their fans and each other on the go.” The first Facebook Creative Labs product was the news reader, the Paper app.

Last month Facebook shut down its Creative Labs division, which made apps like Slingshot, Rooms, and Riff. The company besides curtailing the two-year old initiative has also removed the three apps fromGoogle Play and the App Store. According to Facebook, most of the features from Slingshot, Rooms, and Riff were already been integrated in Facebook app and Messenger. The Menlo Park, California-based company adds that the Slingshot and Riff app will continue to work for those who already have downloaded it. The company says that no one has been laid off after the division’s shut down.

Google Experiments With Search on Android; Adds Yoga Cards

Google Experiments With Search on Android; Adds Yoga Cards

Google seems to be experimenting with new automated search options that are now visible to several users in the dropdown menu.

As reported by several users, the Google Search option now shows Recent Searches, What’s Hot, and Nearby. Notably, the new options appear just below the last searched term in the search menu. It’s worth noting that until now on tapping the Search app, last few searched terms appeared first. The Recent Searches includes all last searches while the What’s Hot option will throw popular search results. The Nearby automated search (via Android Police) however takes cues from Google’s Maps app and offers options such as Restaurants, Gas Stations, ATMs, and Coffee. So far, it is unclear whether the new search options will be default or will have an option to be disabled.

We can expect Google to release an update to the Search app bringing the new search options.


Additionally, Google has also started rolling out brand new yoga cards. Google’s Hong Kong Plus account confirmed the rollout and is said to be now available on mobile as well as desktop. The new yoga-based cards will show up in search results when a user searches for a pose. The cards will offer additional details such as the Sanskrit name of the yoga pose and the advantages of the pose accompanied by images of the pose.

Google in its post stresses that the new feature has been rolled out for people who are yoga enthusiasts and have just started trying the poses.

LG Smartphones’ Factory Reset Protection Can Be Easily Bypassed

LG Smartphones' Factory Reset Protection Can Be Easily Bypassed: Report

Google introduced a security feature called Factory Reset Protection with Android 5.1 Lollipop in March 2015. The feature ensures that if someone gets possession of your smartphone, they will not be able to reset the device without signing in with the registered Gmail address. One year later, smartphone manufacturers continue to incorrectly implement the feature or ignore Google’s guidelines. The latest OEM found to be avoiding this additional layer of security is LG.

A flaw discovered in LG smartphones enables an attacker – or anyone – to bypass the Factory Reset Protection (FRP) on the device. By doing so, the fraudster could gain access to the stolen smartphone or tablet. The flaw was discovered by RootJunky, who has also made a video demonstration to walk users through all the steps that are needed to break the security protection.

As per the video, a user is required to go to Accessibility settings, which for some reason is open. Once there, as RootJunky pointed out, some more changes in the settings are required (as you can see in the video below). The video points out that LG isn’t completely disabling a user from accessing the Web browser, and File Explorer app. Thanks to these security holes, all a user needs is a patch – available from RootJunky’s website — install it, and trick the phone into factory resetting itself.

This isn’t the first time an OEM has been found to have a weak implementation of Factory Reset Protection feature. Last year, RootJunky found vulnerabilities in Samsung smartphones. The flaw, however, required someone to plug-in a USB drive.

Google has taken a strong stand on the factory reset feature. The documentation for the Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which it released last year, revealed that the Mountain View-based company has made itmandatory for OEMs to provide the secure factory reset feature. It will be interesting to see if that will curtail these security holes.

Microsoft Office for Android Makes It Easier for New Users to Come Aboard

Microsoft Office for Android Makes It Easier for New Users to Come Aboard

The Microsoft Office productivity suite for Android has received an update that brings interesting new features to the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint productivity apps. Among other additions, the company is now allowing users to sign up for a free Microsoft account from within the app.

Starting with Microsoft Word, users now get the option to choose the colour with which they want to highlight text. There is also a new feature called Smart lookup that allows a user to get relevant definitions, pictures, and other pieces of information gleaned from the Web right on the Word window.

Excel for Android now offers a range of table styles, allowing users to change the way tables on their sheet look. Microsoft realises that pasting content on a small screen isn’t the easiest of things to do and hence it is fixing that with giving users more Paste options. Users can now paste a formula, value, or quickly format a copied cell. Google added a similar feature to Slides app for Android in October last year.

PowerPoint for Android is getting some new features too. Users will now be able to play the embedded media files in their presentation.

Microsoft is also making it easier for users to share their documents, spreadsheets and presentations with users. The update now gives users the option to share the files using WeChat and QQ apps. Users will also find the ability to sign up from within the app handy.

To recall, Microsoft released Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on Android last year. The apps are free to use.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow rolling out to the US Cellular LG G4

lg-g4-first-look-aa-2-of-32LG has been on its toes when it comes to updating its flagship devices in the past, and the G4is no different. LG has rolled out Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the G4 on Sprint, as well as to some variants in parts on Europe and South Korea. If you happen to own a G4 on US Cellular, it looks like you’re next in line to receive the latest version of Android.

According to the LG G4 page on US Cellular’s website, the update should be rolling out as we speak. If you have yet to receive this update and would like to check manually, head to Settings>About phone>Software updates. This update is for the LG G4 model US-991 and will bring your phone’s software up to version US99120b.

The LG G4 is still one of the best Android phones available on US Cellular. It’s not too expensive, boasts some impressive specifications and has one of the best cameras available on the market. LG G4 owners that update to Marshmallow will be able to take advantage ofGoogle Now on Tap, Doze Mode, an improved app permissions system, Android Pay, and much more.

Best Android Wear watches

huawei watch review aa (17 of 33)Android Wear has evolved a lot since it was first announced back in 2014. In the early days, there were only a few options, mainly from Motorola and LG. These days, many handset makers have thrown their weight into Android Wear, and even traditional watchmakers have begun to embrace the Google-powered smartwatch platform.

With the number of watches available increasing dramatically, it’s hard to keep track of which watches stand out as the best. For one thing, most of the watches are all quite similar in software and hardware, leaving design preferences as the biggest factor. In order to help you make the most informed decision on which watch is right for you, we’ve rounded up what we feel to be the best Android Wear smartwatches you can buy right now.

Huawei Watch

The Huawei Watch was first unveiled towards the beginning of 2015 at MWC, though it didn’t actually make its way to retail until the tail-end of the summer. Offering a design that is much more “watch-like” then many of its competitors, the Huawei Watch is certainly one of the more attractive Android Wear watches on the market and benefits from easily replaceable watch straps and a long-lasting battery.

For those that aren’t a fan of the flat-tire look we’ve seen with Motorola’s circular watches, you’ll be happy to know that this isn’t the case here. As for the rest of the specs? Everything is pretty standard fare, as most of the newer Android Wear watches feature roughly the same internals. That said, the AMOLED display on the Huawei Watch is one of the best displays available in the Android Wear market right now.

As far as pricing is concerned, starting at $350, the Huawei Watch isn’t at the very top of the pricing totem, but it is certainly not the lowest priced either.


  • 1.4-inch AMOLED display with 400 x 400 resolution
  • 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4GB of on-board storage
  • 300mAh battery
  • 42.0 x 42.0 x 11.3mm
  • IP67 dust and water resistance

Motorola Moto 360 (2nd Generation)

The original Moto 360 was one of the best Android Wear watches around for quite some time, and now its successor is also at the top of the list.

The Motorola Moto 360 (2nd Gen.) has a bigger battery than its predecessor, a Snapdragon 400 processor and comes in two different sizes to fit more users’ wrists. You’ll even be able to customize it with Moto Maker. Overall, the biggest advantages the new Moto 360 brings to the table are the refreshed processing package, a customizable design and the addition of lugs that will make it much easier to swap out watch bands.

The Moto 360 (2nd Gen.) starts at $299.99, though pricing increases considerably once you start making customizations.


42mm variant:

  • 1.37-inch IPS LCD display with 360 x 325 resolution
  • 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4GB of on-board storage
  • 300mAh battery
  • 42.0 x 42.0 x 11.4mm

46mm variant:

  • 1.56-inch IPS LCD display with 360 x 330 resolution
  • 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4GB of on-board storage
  • 400mAh battery
  • 46.0 x 46.0 x 11.4mm
  • IP67 dust and water resistance

Fossil Q Founder

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One of the best things about Android, and more specifically Android Wear, is that any manufacturer can make an Android device if they wish. Not only have we seen various smartwatches come from well-known smartphone makers like Motorola, LG, Samsung and Huawei, but we’re also now starting to see watchmakers jump on the bandwagon. Fossil announced its Q Founder smartwatch back in October 2015, and it’s now available on store shelves.

The Fossil Q Founder comes in only one size, 46mm, measures 13mm thick and, admittedly, may be a tad bulky for some users out there. It sports an Intel Atom processor, 4GB of RAM, a 400mAh battery that Fossil says will last you 24 hours on a single charge, as well as an IP67 rating, meaning it will be protected from dust and water immersion up to 1 meter in depth.

The Stainless Steel variant will run you $295 from Amazon, the Google Store or from Fossil, while the Brown leather version can be yours for only $275.


  • 1.5-inch LTPS LCD display with 360 x 326 resolution
  • Intel Atom Z34XX processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 4GB of on-board storage
  • 400mAh battery
  • 46.0 x 46.0 x 13.0mm
  • IP67 dust and water resistance

LG Watch Urbane

Although the LG Watch Urbane was announced almost a year ago, it’s still one of the better options out there. Sporting a completely circular 1.3-inch P-OLED display with a premium build, this device excels in almost every area… especially for a first-generation Android Wear device. It has just about the same specifications as all other current watches on the market, including a high-resolution display, powerful processor, plenty of on-board storage and an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance.

Nowadays you can find the Watch Urbane on Amazon or eBay for just under $250, which is a pretty decent price for a good Android Wear watch. Oh, and if you’re looking for a more luxurious version of this watch, LG released a 23k gold version called the Watch Urbane Luxe. That will cost you about $1,200 though, so we’re not expecting everyone to rush out and pick one up right away.


  • 1.3-inch P-OLED display with 320 x 320 resolution
  • 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4GB of on-board storage
  • 410mAh battery
  • 45.5 x 52.2 x 10.9mm
  • IP67 dust and water resistance

Best luxury option: TAG Heuer Connected

TAG Heuer Connected

Up until now, most Android Wear powered devices were priced in the $150 to $350 range, but the TAG Heuer Connected changes all of that. This new luxury smartwatch from TAG is called the Connected, and is inspired by the company’s Carrera watch. It’s made from grade 2 titanium, comes in seven different color options, and boasts similar specs to those of most other Android Wear offerings on the market.

Since smartwatches become obsolete after a year or two, the company is allowing buyers to trade in their new wearables (along with some additional cash) for a mechanical watch. After two years of owning the Connected, you’ll be able to pay another $1,500 and trade in your smartwatch for a more traditional TAG Heuer Carrera watch. Standard Carrera watches cost about $3,000 a piece, meaning TAG is nice enough to give users a long-lasting alternative.

Should everyone go out and purchase a TAG Heuer Connected? Probably not. But if you’re a fan of luxury watches and want to see what the whole smartwatch craze is all about, this is certainly a viable option. Interested? You can purchase the Connected from TAG Heuer’s website for $1,500.


  • 1.5-inch transflective LTPS LCD display with 360 x 360 resolution
  • 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z34XX processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 4GB of on-board storage
  • 410mAh battery
  • 46.0 x 46.0 x 12.8mm
  • IP67 dust and water resistance

Best budget option: ASUS ZenWatch 2

The original ASUS ZenWatch was one of the best Android Wear devices on the market for some time, and now the company has brought a new model to market with a slightly different philosophy. ASUS is going for the entry-level pricing market with the ZenWatch 2, though the specs and build quality don’t necessarily feel all that cheap to us.

Unlike most current Wear devices, the ZenWatch 2 comes with a square display, which will admittedly turn some folks away at the start. If you can get past that caveat, though, you’ll find this device to be quite the little powerhouse. It has an AMOLED display that will help save precious battery life, a Snapdragon 400 processor, more than enough on-board storage for applications and music, as well as a 400mAh battery. You can even choose between a larger 1.63-inch model and a 1.45-inch model if you happen to have smaller wrists. Do note, however, that the smaller variant also comes with a smaller battery.

You can purchase the ASUS ZenWatch 2 from Amazon starting at only $129.99.


WI501Q (22mm) model:

  • 1.63-inch AMOLED display with 320 x 320 resolution
  • 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4GB of on-board storage
  • 400mAh battery
  • 49.6 x 40.7 x 10.9mm
  • IP67 dust and water resistance

WI502Q (18mm) model:

  • 1.45-inch AMOLED display with 280 x 280 resolution
  • 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4GB of on-board storage
  • 300mAh battery
  • 45.2 x 37.2 x 11.8mm
  • IP67 dust and water resistance

10 awesome examples of material design


When material design first debuted in 2014, it changed the way our Android devices looked and behaved, and in most cases this change has been for the better. This is a design language that comes from Google itself that emphasizes a minimalistic layout, stunning animations, high contrast colors and a sense of physical interaction all to great effect. When done well, material design is crisp, clean, intuitive and can look fantastic. What’s more, it lends a sense of cohesion to the Android experience that makes everything feel that much more seamless.

In this countdown, we’ll be looking at 10 great examples of material design done right. Whether you’re a developer looking for a little inspiration for your own UIs, or you just want to fill your phone with stunning apps that perform well, you should find something to admire here.


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Matrand may be ‘just’ a random number generator but it is the type that a real mathematician would probably appreciate (as in, it’s properly random) and it sports a great look and feel that elevates it above similar offerings.

Most of us don’t have a massive need to generate random numbers but anyone can appreciate how this app looks. This is a simple, minimalist looking app with lots of blank space and a clear green-white color palette. The die icon is very fitting and manages to convey what the app is about. Clicking on said icon to generate the numbers intentionally evokes the motion of rolling the die.

Another nice touch is the monospace dialog box which gives the experience a retro-computer vibe that will make old-school coders feel right at home.

Phonograph Music Player


Phonograph Music Player is actually an app that was recommended by reader C.P. in the comments section of a previous article. As the name might suggest, it’s a music player in the same vein as Google Music, but it actually takes the minimal look a little further.

Phonograph ticks all the material design boxes with a flat looking icon, an interface that moves around the user (rather than the other way around) and a clean, fast, interface.

Since this is a music player, Phonograph looks best if you have lots of tracks stored on your device with big, attractive album covers. Also cool is the option to select your own primary and secondary colors for the palate. Not a fan of green? No problem!

Google Calendar


When looking for examples of material design, it makes sense to look to apps from Google itself. After all, it was Google that introduced the concept and so it follows that they should know their way around it. And perhaps their best example of material design is the Calendar App, which features everything we’ve come to love about the new look.

For starters, Google’s app finally did away with the conventional skeuomorphic design most calendar apps use that mimics the layout of a physical planner. We are no longer restricted by the need to fit our schedule onto paper, so why show only entries for the previous month when we’re on day 28? Instead, Google’s calendar gives you a vertical layout and places the current day at the top of the page. This way, you only see the upcoming days and events. Days where nothing is happening are condensed and this further streamlines the experience to show you only what’s actually useful.

Google’s app finally did away with the conventional skeuomorphic design most calendar apps use that mimics the layout of a physical planner.

This single change to the interface simultaneously allows the user to remain at the center of the experience so that the UI moves around them. Throw in some parallax scrolling and you have a really great looking app that combines.



Google+ is another example of Google nailing their own design principles. Both the app and the website look great with a scrolling interface that puts big images front and center. A red and white color palette throughout, monochromatic icons, great animations and scrolling navigation round out the experience (and the circular profile pictures look great). The Members and Collections panes look particularly good too as a scrolling grid of images.

Google+ may still be lagging behind other social networks in terms of users, but at least it has the edge over Facebook in the looks department!

Bing Bong

Bing Bong

Bing Bong is one of several games from Nickervision Studios that takes very clear cues from Google’s material design. Other games from the developer’s catalogue include Side Swipe andPivot (which make me think of Transformers and Ross from Friends respectively) and each of these relies on a similar look using flat geometric shapes against high-contrast backgrounds. Simple mechanics echo the simple designs too with all three being playable with just one hand. BingBong has to be the most addictive of the three though.

This is a pretty unique use for this kind of design which just goes to show that all kinds of apps can benefit from Google’s design mandate. It also goes to show that not every indie app has to be pixel art. Choosing a material design look is just as effective as a way to stand out with a stylish look that doesn’t require an AAA budget to produce. You could even make the argument that Thomas Was Alone has a similar aesthetic…


Material Design

Material.cmiscm isn’t an app but rather a site that loads in your browser. It’s also not really a web page but rather an ‘interactive experience’ showcasing the design principles of material design. It’s kind of like a strange museum of UI and it certainly looks amazing. Better yet, it also features an entirely responsive layout which is among the best implementations I’ve seen. Definitely worth a look.



It’s only fitting that an app about meditation should have a very minimal design, which is probably why Headspace has perhaps the simplest icon of any app on the Play Store; a lone orange dot against a white background.

From there the app continues with its shades of orange and grey-white and you can scroll through sessions from the bottom upward. The block-color cartoons that decorate the app also contribute to the material design feel.



Evernote is often praised for its take on material design and with good reason. The app has a strong and consistent color scheme throughout and is as well-designed as it is functional.  Icons clearly and efficiently denote whether it’s a text note, a hand-written note or a photo you’ll be taking. The Elephant icon is simple and elegant, while the website, iOS and Windows 10 apps are also just as thoughtfully designed and laid out.

Microsoft Health

Microsoft Health

Microsoft has its own ‘Metro UI’ design guides for Windows but has been very good at playing ball on Android by adhering to a material look and feel. And Microsoft Health is actually one of the better examples on the Play Store.

The app is designed to work with the Band fitness tracker and shows all your stats in a simple vertical layout along with plane white icons (against a Microsoft-blue background). Click on one of these headings and the panel will ‘open out’ to reveal your stats. The UI is great for letting you get an overview at a glance while having the option to go deeper if required, which is a hallmark of good app design.

Nova Launcher

Nova Launcher

Not enough to be diving in and out of all these smart looking material design Apps? Sick of your Galaxy’s TouchWiz UI? Nova Launcher gives your homescreen a look much more consistent with stock Android and also happens to be highly customizable, very stable and lightning quick. It introduces some great animations too.

In fact, Nova is arguably actually a better implementation of material design than Google’s ownGoogle Now Launcher, with smaller icons and more options (such as rotation, which is missing from Google’s offering). Beaten at their own game!

To take the look even further you might also want to try adding an icon pack for those pesky inconsistent icons. Urmun is a great choice, as is the straightforwardly named ‘Material Design Icons’. And of course you’ll want a great wallpaper to go along with that – my recommendation is something from the stunning Facets app…

Facets - Megatron

Final Thoughts

If you’d like to see more then I also recommend checking out MaterialUp which curates the very best examples and lets you browse through them.

As you can see then, there’s certainly no shortage of great looking apps on the Play Store thanks to material design and there’s a lot that the budding developer can learn from these. Honorable mentions also go to IF, Google Keep, Citymapper, Stitcher and the Play Store itself. Which apps do you think feature the best examples of material design?