Shortly after a week on the Google Play Store, Facebook Home has reached the 500,000 downloads milestone, however the launcher still has a poor average rating of just 2.2 out of 5.
Facebook Home has finally been released, although not without its problems. I’ve been monitoring several forums who have been keeping an eye on the release of the launcher, and at the moment there are still some issues.
It’s been just over a year since Google re-branded the Android Market, naming it the Google Play Store. The new name also came with a new design, which after a few minor tweaks, has remained largely the same for the past year or so. Droid-Life have gotten their hands on the next big update of the Google Play Store, which has a new Holo design and incorporates the card layout which Google have been pushing since the release of Jelly Bean.
After launching last year in the US, Google Play Store gift cards are finally available in the UK.
In the past, I’ve covered Facebook and Twitter concepts, but never Google. I’m already a huge fan of just about every Google product, as I’m an avid Chromebook and Android user, however I’m always interested to see how people thing Google could edit their design.
This concept, created by Burak Turfanda, imagines a completely new Google experience.
He begins by editing the Chrome browser, which at the moment has arguably the best design of any web browser. He’s edited it to that it has a very flat look, which fits in with what Google have been doing with Google Play recently and Google Plus recently.
It’s hard to tell from the images, but it would appear that there is a right sidebar at all times on the browser, which is where the user can sign into their Google profile. Then, when visiting other sites, it looks as if the links in the sidebar change, according to what site is being looked at. All the websites in the images are Google services, but the idea of the sidebar changing for all the most popular websites, like Facebook and Twitter, is an extremely interesting idea.
He has also edited a significant amount of Google’s web services, including Gmail, which has a slightly altered colour scheme to the one which is live at the moment, and it looks very similar to the browser. He has also redesigned the Google Ventures website.
Possibly my favourite part of the concept, is the redesign of the Chrome Web Store, where Chrome users can download apps and extensions. Again, the current design by Google isn’t exactly shabby, however this version looks simply incredible. All the images of each app has been merged together, creating a seamless tiled interface. The page is full, from edge to edge, with images of each app, with the Chrome sidebar navigating the categories.
Here’s a neat little feature which could be making an appearance on Android in the near future. A widget version of Google Now, which displays a round-up of your cards, has been spotted on Google’s support pages, which has since been removed.
Personally, I really like the current method of accessing the entire app from the lockscreen, but it wouldn’t hurt to have a widget summarising the day.
It’s hard to know when we can expect to see this widget released, but now that it’s been leaked I doubt Google will keep it in the dark for much longer.
Source: Android Central
Temple Run 2 is now available to download for free on Android, just over a week after it launched on iOS. The game is already a huge success on Apple’s platform, with a reported 20 million downloads in the opening 4 days. Download it for free now on Google Play and join in on all the fun!
Android users in the UK can finally read magazines on their phones and tablets with Google Play. The feature has been around in the States for a number of months now, and has been one of the most advertised features of the Nexus tablets. Finally though, Magazines are available to us Brits, with over 100 publications available, many of which are offering free trials.
A very low amount of devices run Ice Cream Sandwich, and already 4.1, jellybean is being leaked and debated. Not being a completely new operating system, there are only minor changes compared to the difference between Gingerbread and ICS. One of these minor changes could very well be an update to the Google Play Store.
The Play Store was revamped not very long ago, gaining a new name and a UI change, but a recently leaked photo would appear to show that Google are happy returning to their old style of interface.
Posted on Google +, a photo showing a Galaxy SIII running an unknown version of the Google Play store looks like it could be legit. The design looks similar to the old Android Market, with a scroll wheel at the top to showcase the featured applications, with a small list below it. However, it’s been updated with the new Holo theme.
Bare in mind that this could just as easily be photoshopped, but sure enough, we’ll find out in the coming weeks.
Source: Android and Me