Google Voice for Android gets a Material Theme overhaul
Google Voice is getting a lot of attention as of late due to the transition that is happening with Google Hangouts. It was two years ago in January of 2017 when the Google Voice app received a well deserved Material Design UI update as it had been largely ignored for years. Since then, Material Design has evolved into what many are calling “Material Design 2.0” or “Material Theme” and we’ve seen it spread to many popular applications as well. Earlier this week we talked about how the Gmail application received a new Material Theme update and now the Google Voice app is receiving a UI revamp as well.
As reported by Android Police, multiple people are seeing their Google Voice application updated with a new look that fits the latest guidelines that Material Design has begun to follow. This equates to more whitespace as the top app bar has been redesigned with a new search box. This search box has now been unified for both messages as well as contacts, and the bottom tab bar has received some redesigned icons. Previously, the names of all tabs were shown below the icons, but this new update seems to only show the name under the active tab.
This new design with all the whitespace helps to blend the application into Android Pie‘s white navigation bar in an attempt to give the user a fluid user experience. Just a few days ago, the application received VoIP functionality. There are still a number of bugs that need to get ironed out with the new phone calls over WiFi feature (as discussed in the previous article). But it’s something that people have been asking Google to add to the service for years.
Via: Android Police