Bloggers rejoice! Today, the WordPress application for Android has finally been updated with a new interface which is finally bearable to look at. The new interface has finally joined on with the holo design guidelines set in place by Google for Android applications, and it is a massive improvement over that last version, which was practically unusable.
The Twitter application for Android was updated last night, bringing an updated UI with is better suited to Android’s ‘Holo’ design guidelines.
As of yesterday, an update to Google+ is available to be downloaded in the Google Play Store. The update brings a number of small user interface tweaks to make the overall use of the app a much more pleasurable experience.
Google have just rolled out an update to Google Search, enabling a number of new features for Google Now, including the widget which was leaked earlier this week.
A new update has just rolled out to Facebook for iOS. The main change is that users can now send voice messages from chat through the tap of one button.
Pinterest are currently in the process of testing out a new user interface, designed to help users navigate to specific ‘pins’, which are then displayed in a clearer and larger way than before.
Fans of the popular news reader ‘Pulse’ have today been greeted by a new update, version 3.0. The update refreshed many aspects of the application, including the icon.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean hasn’t been out very long, in fact the huge majority of Android users are still without the update, in fact a lot of them are still awaiting Ice Cream Sandwich. However, as with most technology updates, Android 4.2 is attracting speculation as to what it could include, and if the rumours reported on by AndroidAndMe are true, it looks set to be a pretty amazing update.
# Customization Center
The upcoming version of Android will have a customization center. Now what this means is still mainly speculation, however this will reportedly be a place where phone manufacturers can store the themes, sounds, wallpapers and other design tweaks, basically moving them here from the settings menu. However it could also mean that it gives users the choice to either run on Google’s stock Android (my choice), or run the manufacturer’s modified OS, such as TouchWiz or Sense. This would also mean that people who enjoy swapping and tweaking their phones might be able to install foreign operating systems without having to go through the complicated process of rooting and going into recovery.
# Project RoadRunner
You’ve heard of Project Butter, the feature of Jelly Bean which vastly improved the smoothness and battery life of Android. Project RoadRunner reportedly aims to further improve the battery life in Android 4.2, changing the software to better cope with games and tough-to-run applications.
# Google Play Update
The above reports also claim that Android 4.2 will further update the Google Play Store. However depending on how you use it, the update could become more of an annoyance than a welcome change. Apparently searches will become more suitable to what you usually download and search for, but the update will also introduce paid adverts for applications you might like, which will appear in your notification bar. This feature might be done very well, and you should be able to opt out of it, however to me it sounds like something you get when you download a buggy and untrustworthy application.
They are the main updates, it’s reported that Google Now will also receive a small update so that it can finally do system changes, such as turning up the volume or changing the brightness. However there aren’t any huge game-changing updates, I assume Google is waiting until Android 5.0 for that!
Today you can download an update to FLUD, the social news reader. But the update isn’t just speed improvements and a complete UI overhaul, it’s a complete change in how the application works. FLUD now focuses on sharing stories throughout teams and workplaces, meaning you can share articles with your colleagues. The stories can be managed on an online dashboard which is just as well designed as the applications on iPad and iPhone. The newly designed FLUD is smoother and tidier to use than any of the previous versions, each article’s images are stored at the top of the page in a scrollable gallery making the entire reading experience clean.
For people who have been using FLUD since it’s early days, it’s still just as easy to use for people who aren’t wanting to share information throughout teams. Reading your favourite sources and sharing the stories with your friends is as simple as ever, with the added option to share content throughout teams.
Feedly has received a complete user interface re-design in an attempt to better compete with the big names of FLUD, Flipboard and Pulse.