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This week in Tech: Android 12L, new mid-range Qualcomm chips, Facebook rebranding, and more

After last week's frenzy, this week in tech was a little relaxed. Even then, we saw a few significant announcements, like Google announcing Android 12L, Qualcomm releasing four new mid-range chips, and Facebook changing its name. If you missed any of our coverage, here's a brief recap of all the noteworthy developments in the tech...

Material You is the future of Google’s design for Android and beyond

Google has evolved its Material design language ever since its introduction in Android 5.0 Lollipop, and in recent years, the company has been moving towards a flatter and more monochrome design. Today at Google I/O, an updated version of Material Design was announced with a focus on customization, called 'Material You'. Material You is a new...

Graphic design for Android developers: Creating the ideal app icon

No matter what marketplace or service an app is distributed through, its app icon is the first thing a prospective user would notice. First impressions are of paramount importance when trying to reel in new users, which means that icons are key components of any application. And, regardless of the intent of the app, creating...

Google Pay (Tez) for India gets a Material Theme redesign

Google recently attempted to unify all of its payment services and payment solutions, which included services formerly called Android Pay and Google Wallet, under a single umbrella: Google Pay. This unification included local solutions: Google Tez, an India-only payment service based on the UPI system, was also rolled into Google Pay. As you can guess,...

The fall and rise of Roboto, Android’s default font

It’s easy to overlook the importance of typefaces in software design, especially when it comes to designing graphical user interfaces. Sadly though, even the best typefaces ever created, including Helvetica (arguably the most popular no-frills typeface ever created), would turn to mush if they were scanned and used on computers as-is, the way they were...

[Update: Rolls out next week] Hands-on with Google Drive’s new Google Material Theme redesign

At this year's Google I/O developer conference, Google unveiled the Material Theme tools to aid developers in designing UIs that match their brand while incorporating elements of Material Design. Google’s own Material Theme design makes liberal use of light colors, cards, and rounded corners. So far, Google Calculator, Google Photos, Google Chrome, Android Messages, Google Phone, Google Contacts, and Google Calendar have...

Google wants developers to add dark themes to save battery life

There are many different reasons why a big chunk of our readers loves dark themes. They're more aesthetically pleasing, they're easier on the eyes, and when done right, and under the right conditions, they might even save some battery. These are just a handful of reasons why dark Substratum themes populate the Play Store---as most...

Download: Google Keep Notes with revamped Google Material Theme

We first heard about a revamp to Google Material Design back in February referencing the redesign of Android's design language. The refresh was officially announced at Google I/O 2018. The Material Theming tools allow any brand to create their own style of Material Design. Google's Material Theme has rolled out to Google Photos, Google Drive, Android Messages,...

Download: Google Calendar 6.0 with new Google Material Theme redesign

At Google I/O, Google detailed the next step in their theming guidelines. The purpose of the Material Theme tools is to allow developers and companies to design their own user interfaces without being limited to design elements in the first iterations of Material Design. Google's Material Theme design, for instance, is notably white and round...

Touchscreen Chromebooks will get a dynamic Material Theme UI

The Mountain View tech giant has been putting a lot of attention on their web browser lately. It makes a lot of sense too as Chrome is the most used browser worldwide (with partial help thanks to Android). The company just recently rolled out a new Material Design style to most platforms. One platform that...

Google Calculator gets a Material Theme redesign in latest update

Ever since Google introduced Material Design, we've seen apps stray further and further from Google's initial guidelines. That's fine for most apps, but it's a bit jarring to see UI inconsistencies even among Google's apps. With the new Google Material Theme guidelines (commonly referred to as "Material Design 2," though Google stresses that each brand should have...

Google Photos v4.0 brings new Google Material Theme design refresh

Another day, another Google app with an updated design. Not that we're complaining, of course, because we love the new design. This time, Google Photos is joining the list of Google apps with the latest Google Material Theme (commonly called Material Design 2.) Besides the new design, the only notable change in functionality is that...