15 Well-Designed Android App Design Examples

Well-designed Android apps stand out among the thousands of standard-looking apps on Google’s Play store. Users appreciate an app that’s been thoughtfully crafted and tested for usability. By checking out some of these top designed apps on the Android app market Google Play, you’ll be able to identify what makes an app great. Create your own stunning apps and capture the attention of Android users across multiple devices by following some of the design practices used in these top-performing, well-designed applications.

1. Navy PFA – PRT BCA Calculator

This Navy PFA application is designed for members of the Navy to easily add up their BCA and PRT scores. Unlike the apps to follow on this list, this app achieves a great design using minimalist qualities and strong, organized structures. If your app is a straightforward utility or tool, consider using minimalist design features to give users a chance to accomplish their functions without excessive or slow animations and transitional effects.

2. Fandango

Fandango is an app that provides movie times, information, and a place to purchase tickets. Not only is this design super-functional, it allows the app to contain tons of useful information. Consider organizing your app’s pages similarly, to pack as much information as you’d find on a standard website into your Android application.

3. BoostTV

The BoostTV app uses a dark theme, which is perfect for viewing streamed videos and other media. If your app is in the entertainment category, a dark theme is a must-have. Also take note of the grid-style layout used by this app, as users can more quickly scroll through standard-sized grids and access their favorite sections of your app with this style of layout.

4. MyFitnessPal

MyFitnessPal is a calorie-counting application that’s popular among health-focused individuals. Part of this app’s success must be attributed to its great design and layout. Users can easily search for items in MyFitnessPal’s databases with the built-in smart search feature. Add an advanced search field to your app to increase the overall functionality and design quality.

5. ooVoo

ooVoo is one of the most popular face-to-face communication apps for Android. This app is so well designed that it has become a design standard for many apps in its field. When you connect with someone through ooVoo you get to see them on a screen-sized stream, while seeing yourself in a cornered thumbnail. Consider allowing users to access the front camera on any Android device to make your communication and media-based apps more useful.

6. Flipping Legend

The Flipping Legend game app for Android devices has achieved what many apps aspire to; a stunning and authentically-retro design. Consider using pixelated graphics and images within your app to create retro and vintage style pages and content. This app also makes use of horizontal displays, which is something to consider if you’re making a game or other entertainment-based app.

7. Fabulous

With the modern trends in self-care, health, and mediation, it’s no wonder such a well-designed app has made an impact in these areas. This app uses color blocking, interchangeable themes, and large navigation buttons to appeal to users of all sorts. Consider making simple screens with large buttons for users who are likely distracted or on the go.

8. Angry Bird: Evolution

This follow-up app to the one of the world’s most popular games has accomplished a great design, drawing in millions of users. Animated transition affects, sliding navigation menus and high-resolution graphics make the design of this app stand out from other games and applications.

9. Skype

Skype has achieved millions of downloads with its great design and functionality. This app has a great way of storing contacts in an aesthetic, scroll-through list. All apps with a contact database should aspire to accomplish Skype’s organizational structure and usefulness.

10. MyHeritage

MyHeritage is a top-grossing app in its category, a fact which may be due to its excellent design features. This free mobile app with in-app purchases entices users to upgrade to premium services by displaying engaging, easy-to-use content in a well-organized interface. This app uses Parallax scrolling and floating images to provide basic family tree data in a fun way. Spruce up your otherwise mundane content with lines-graphs, floating images, and other creative display techniques to maintain user’s interest.

11. Perfect365

The Perfect365 Android app is a photo editor for your phone or tablet. In keeping with the theme of beauty and aesthetics, this app is well designed and fashionable. Perfect365 allows users to upload photos and select dozens of filters and options to place over them. Utilize white space, photo uploading, and filters in the manner this app does to create a fun, well-designed Android app of your own.

12. CAD Touch Pro

It’s no surprise that an app focused on digital designs is so well designed itself. The CAD Touch Pro app allows users to create and edit CAD designs, and has a stunning dark-themed interface with a vibrant color selection. Use bright lines and color blocking on dark-themed apps to recreate this engaging visual contrast.

13. Evernote

The Evernote app is one of the most popular apps on the Android app platform. It’s a well-designed app that allows users to take notes on their phone and increase their productivity. The best thing about this app’s interface design is the custom keyboard that places numbers, letters, and frequently used characters on the home screen for quicker typing. This app was also designed with an incomparably convenient image importing feature that allows you to edit snapshots taken with other apps on your phone or tablet.

14. Pandora

Pandora is one the most popular music streaming services, and its popularity is likely due to the great design of the Pandora app. Android users appreciate that they can switch between songs from their lock screen while using the app. Consider taking advantage of Android’s lock screen functions when designing your own media-streaming app.

15. ColorFil

The ColorFil app for Android devices is a great way for adults to pass some time coloring complex black and white images. The app provides intricately detailed images in an organized manner, and has a great zoom feature. If you have advanced web hosting, add a zoom feature to your app so users can see the details in your high resolution without having to rely on the double-tap default Android zoom function.

Make sure your web hosting is fast and robust enough to handle these advanced scripts and features, and incorporate some of the functions and styles found in these apps within your own project to get ahead in the app marketplaces. By using design components such as parallax scrolling, floating images, sliding navigation menus and animated transition effects, you can create an impressive mobile app and expand your reach across the Play store.

Facebook Suicide Prevention Tools Get AI Boost, Extended to Live and Messenger

Facebook plans to use artificial intelligence and update its tools and services to help prevent suicides among its users.

Facebook Suicide Prevention Tools Get AI Boost, Extended to Live and Messenger

The world’s largest social media network said it plans to integrate its existing suicide prevention tools for Facebook posts into its live-streaming feature, Facebook Live, and its Messenger service.

Artificial intelligence will be used to help spot users with suicidal tendencies, the company said in a blogpost on Wednesday.

In January, a 14-year-old foster child in Florida broadcast her suicide reportedly on Facebook Live, according to the New York Post.

The company said on Wednesday that the updated tools would give an option to users watching a live video to reach out to the person directly and report the video to Facebook.

Facebook will also provide resources, which include reaching out to a friend and contacting a help line, to the user reporting the live video.

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for 15-29 year olds.

Suicide rates jumped 24 percent in the United States between 1999 and 2014 after a period of nearly consistent decline, according to a National Center for Health Statistics study.

Panasonic Eluga Pulse, Pulse X With 4G VoLTE Support Launched in India

Panasonic has expanded its Eluga smartphones range in India as the company launched its Eluga Pulse and Eluga Pulse X smartphones for the country on Thursday. Both Panasonic Eluga Pulse and Pulse X smartphones run Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box and will be made available across all brand outlets next week at Rs. 9,690 and Rs. 10,990 respectively.

Panasonic Eluga Pulse, Pulse X With 4G VoLTE Support Launched in India

Coming to the specifications on the smartphones, the Panasonic Eluga Pulse sports a 5-inch HD IPS display while the Eluga Pulse X packs a larger 5.5-inch HD IPS display, both with Asahi Dragon Trail protective glass. Both the smartphones are powered by a 1.25GHz quad-core processor but Eluga Pulse comes with 2GB of RAM while the Eluga Pulse X features 3GB of RAM. The two new Panasonic Eluga smartphones come with 16GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB) in both cases.

In terms of optics, both Panasonic Eluga Pulse and Pulse X sport a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel camera at front for clicking selfies. While the Panasonic Eluga Pulse comes with a 2200mAh battery, the Panasonic Eluga Pulse X houses a larger 3000mAh battery. Connectivity options on both smartphones include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS.

“With new variants launched in the Eluga series, launched with different designs and unique features, Panasonic targets various kind of users – youth, working professionals and gaming enthusiasts. The 4G VoLTE enabled smartphone, Eluga Pulse X and Eluga Pulse provide our customers with high speed and access to almost anything on the go and allows the user to take full charge of their life with the availability of speed,” Pankaj Rana, Panasonic India’s mobile division head, was quoted as saying in company’s release.

Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe Starts Receiving Android 7.0 Nougat Update

Taiwanese handset maker Asus has started rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat to its ZenFone 3 Deluxe smartphone. The company confirmed the update on its ZenTalk forum, and revealed that it may take up to a week for the update to be available to all Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe users.

Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe Starts Receiving Android 7.0 Nougat Update

“It takes about one week for the system to complete the auto push,” said the company on its forum. If you haven’t received the update notifications, you can manually check for update on ZenFone 3 Deluxe via Settings > About > System Update.

The latest update bumps the operating system from Android Marshmallow to Android Nougat. The new update removes several preloaded apps including Share Link, Audio Wizard, Splendid, System update, and Flashlight. Users can however use the Audio Wizard, Splendid, System update, and Flashlight apps via system settings. The new Android N update also removes PC Suite as well as ShakeShake from ZenMotion. Some of the other preloaded apps that will be removed after the Android N update include Holo Spiral, Bubbles, Black Hole, and Phase Beam live wallpapers.

The Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe was made available in India back in November last year and came at a starting price of Rs. 49,999. The highlight of the ZenFone 3 Deluxe is the Snapdragon 821 SoC as well as the massive 256GB of built-in storage. It features a 5.7-inch full-HD Super AMOLED display and packs a whopping 6GB of RAM and supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB). The rear camera sports a 23-megapixel Sony sensor with 4K video support and also packs an 8-megapixel front camera. There is 3000mAh battery on board. It measures 156.4×77.4×7.5mm and runs Asus Zen UI

Lenovo Backtracks on 'Moto by Lenovo' Branding Strategy, Puts Smartwatches on Hold

Lenovo announced last year that the company was planning to phase out the Motorola branding on its devices and instead use “Moto by Lenovo” branding going ahead. Now, with its new leadership team, the company has reportedly decided to backtrack on its earlier strategy to rename and instead focus on the Motorola branding and continue the innovation and development on Moto Mods. The Moto 360 smartwatch maker has also reportedly decided to put plans for a future smartwatch on hold.

Lenovo Backtracks on 'Moto by Lenovo' Branding Strategy, Puts Smartwatches on Hold

The Chinese electronics giant will use the Motorola branding as well as the “bat wing” logo on the devices in order to tap into the legacy of the brand and expand the distribution of its smartphone Moto Z, as per a report by CNET. Motorola Chairman and President Aymar de Lencquesaing told CNET in an interview at MWC 2017 that Lenovo will be moving to the Motorola branding in all regions but the timing for the move will be dependent on the respective market.

Interestingly, the company is reportedly planning to switch from all of its sub-brands including Zuk in China to re-introduce Motorola branding in the country. However, the switch is said to be gradual.

Aymar de Lencquesaing told CNET that the response to Moto Mods has exceeded company’s expectations but acknowledged that just mods will not be able to help company win customers over. This is why the company is planning to bring its phones to more carriers to improve their availability.

Notably, the company has decided to discontinue any plans for a future smartwatch as the number of sold devices was not enough to justify the business. “I don’t want to be in the business doing a product for the sake of doing a product because we need to do a follow-up,” Lencquesaing told Cnet.

However, Lencquesaing has clarified that the company will continue to invest and research but is not ready for a new product as of now. Considering that Google just launched Android Wear 2.0, it is an unexpected move by the Moto 360 smartwatch maker to not introduce a successor wearable.

Intex Aqua Strong 5.1+ With 4G VoLTE Support Launched at Rs. 5,490

After the Intex Aqua Lions 4G smartphone launch, the Indian smartphone company has now launched the Intex Aqua Strong 5.1+ device in India. The smartphone is priced at Rs. 5,490, and will be made available in Gold and Black colour option across major retail outlets in the country.

Intex Aqua Strong 5.1+ With 4G VoLTE Support Launched at Rs. 5,490

The Intex Aqua Strong 5.1+ is the successor of the Aqua Strong 5.1 launched in August last year. The big highlight of the device is that it supports VoLTE, unlike its predecessor that supported only LTE. Design-wise, the USB port and 3.5mm audio jack are situated at the top edge, and the volume and power buttons are housed on the right edge of the smartphone.

As for specifications, the Intex Aqua Strong 5.1+ supports dual-SIM slots (Micro + Micro/microSD) and runs on Andoid 6.0 Marshmallow. It features a 5-inch GWCGA (480×854 pixels) display with 197ppi pixel density, and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor paired with 1GB of RAM. There’s 8GB of internal storage offering with the option to expand further via a microSD card slot (up to 64GB).

As for optics, the Intex Aqua Strong 5.1+ sports a 5-megapixel rear camera with flash support and f/2.8 aperture, and a 2-megapixel front camera with fixed-focus technology. It packs a 2000mAh battery that claims to last up to 5 hours of talk time, and 250 hours of standby time. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth, FM Radio, Wi-Fi, GPRS, EDGE, HSPA, HSPA+, and Wi-Fi hotspot. The device measures at 143.1×72.1×10.1mm, and weighs 150.6 grams.

The Intex Aqua Strong 5.1+ comes with a smart tracking feature that enables you to find your smartphone if it ever gets lost. The device comes with several Value Added Services (VAS apps) like miFon security, game Play, Vdioplay, and QR Code.

LG G6 shows off its always-on display in newly leaked photos

In a week’s time we’re expecting LG to finally unveil the LG G6 officially at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. In the meantime, a new pair of unofficial photos have found their way onto the web, courtesy of 9to5Google .

There’s nothing too surprising here for those of us who’ve been following the LG G6 leaks trail over the past few months, but we do get a good look at what seems to be an always-on display – showing the time and select notifications even while the phone is off.

The shots, of a silver LG G6, also confirm there’s going to be a fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone and a dual-lens camera setup, following the lead of the LG G5.

The sources speaking to 9to5Google also verified some of the device’s key specs: a Snapdragon 821 processor, a 5.7-inch display, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage on the entry model and a 3,200mAh battery.

We’re also expecting the new handset to have some pretty impressive audio hardware built in, as well as its new-look UX 6.0 running on top of Android. It’s looking likely to be low on bezels and high on waterproofing.

The LG G6 launch event starts at 12pm CET time in Barcelona, next Sunday February 26 – that’s 11am London time, 6am in New York, and 10pm in Sydney. It should then go on sale in March and April . As always we’ll be bringing you details of the event as it happens.

Managing Your Media: Backup Your Files Fast with an SD Card        

We all run into digital storage problems one way or another, so it’s important to be prepared. Here is a simple introduction to SD cards, some tips on how to choose the right one and what to do when things go wrong.

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Backing Up

There are many ways of backing up your files. You can set up a full system backup on your PC, an external backup on an SD card or hard drive, or backup on a cloud service like Carbonite or CrashPlan. While cloud services charge ongoing fees, external hard drives and SD cards are an inexpensive single purchase.

SD Cards

An SD (“Security Digital”) card is basically just a way of storing and transferring information in your mobile device (e.g. tablets, smart phones and cameras). While you can buy them separately (see this link here), most of the time an SD card will be included in a device when you buy it. They tend to be compatible with a wide range of devices, although many devices today use micro SD cards, which are physically smaller versions. The information stored on an SD card ranges from app data to documents, music and photos. Many sizes, speeds and types of SC card are available for different purposes and devices.

How to Use Them

SD cards are designed to be straightforward and easy to use: just pick it up and slot it into the SD slot in your device – similar to how you put in your SIM Card. Always make sure to check the instruction manual first. It will usually pick up and send the right signals automatically, leaving nothing more for you to do. There are, however, unexpected problems that can arise. It’s best to have a plan – a backup for your backup – for when this happens so you can recover damaged or lost information.

Recovery software can be freely downloaded over the internet (usually via the website of the company that produces the software) and typically include simple installation and east-to-use user interfaces. Once you have this software you connect your mobile device to your computer and perform the scan. Most recovery software will give you options between “quick” and “full” or “full system” scans. Quick scans will be much faster but cover less territory, full scans are important for assessing large amounts of data.

After your scan you’ll typically be presented with a list of your data (photos, music and so on) which you can recover. Some items may not be recoverable – even with the best software – due to data corruption, so it’s important to scan early if you think there’s a problem.

Some FAQs

Be sure that your SD card size is sufficient for your storage by checking with the device manufactures. Also check for special features: with some newer devices there is also an option of saving entire apps – with all their related data – to your phone’s SD card, rather than on your phone’s memory as it’s usually stored. Often, people accidentally delete things and want to recover them, and while this may be possible if you deleted them recently, most deleted things will be unsalvageable. If your SD card is stolen, your emails and texts will be safe (because they are stored internally in your phone’s memory) but photos, videos and app data will be vulnerable. So be careful!

The best defense is a good offense: stay informed and organized about your SD card. Make sure it’s the right size and you have backup and recovery plans ready if there is an error involving data corruption.

Isabel Ward knows her way around tech! She’s a photographer who also dabbles in graphic design so her computer is her lifeline, along with her camera.

ZTE Gigabit Phone to Be Unveiled at MWC 2017

Big tech giants like Samsung, Lenovo, and Nokia have already confirmed their arrival at MWC 2017, and they are expected to unveil a host of new devices including smartphones and tablets. Not wanting to fall behind, ZTE has also announced its presence at MWC, and has teased the arrival of the Gigabit Phone.

ZTE Gigabit Phone to Be Unveiled at MWC 2017

Even though 5G era is still years away, ZTE feels that it is the right time to launch the Gigabit Phone to give us something that can be considered an interim improvement. Digital Trends reports that the smartphone will allow download speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second (aka Gigabit LTE speeds), and ZTE believes that this “would advance 360 degree panoramic virtual reality videos, allow for instant cloud storage, high-quality music- and movie-streaming, and more”.

While Gigabit LTE speeds sound very enticing, no telecom carrier actually supports these speeds as of now. However, it’s a trend that looks to catch on soon with Qualcomm announcing its first Gigabit LTE modem last year itself. Furthermore, the latest Snapdragon 835 SoC is also capable of supporting maximum speeds of 1Gbps all because of the integrated X16 modem.

In any case, apart from its arrival, there is little else that is known about the Gigabit Phone. More information will hopefully be known at MWC. Apart from this, ZTE is also expected to add more smartphones to its Blade series. It is also rumoured to be working on the ZTE Quartz Android Wear smartwatch with LTE connectivity. The smartwatch could be unveiled at MWC, but may ship at a later date. ZTE will surely shed some light on its Hawkeye smartphone as well, which has met a few hiccups, and isn’t a runaway success that the company had hoped it would be.

Apple iPhone to Be Made in India: Winstron Plant Said to Be the Sole Manufacturing Hub

An assembly plant that Apple’s Taiwanese manufacturing partner Wistron Corp is setting up in Bengaluru will focus solely on assembling iPhones, a source familiar with the matter said on Friday.

Apple iPhone to Be Made in India: Winstron Plant Said to Be the Sole Manufacturing Hub

The source, who asked not to be named because he was not cleared to discuss matters publicly, said Apple and the Indian government were, however, still discussing “the repatriation of long-term profits from local sales and exports.”

The government of the Indian state of Karnataka said on Thursday it welcomed Apple’s proposal to begin initial manufacturing operations in tech hub Bengaluru, its state capital, hinting it is moving forward with plans to assemble iPhones in India.

“Apple’s intentions to manufacture in Bengaluru will foster a cutting edge technology ecosystem and supply chain development in the state, which are critical for India to compete globally,” the Karnataka government said in a statement.

Karnataka IT Minister Priyank Kharge told Reuters on Friday he believes Apple will “tentatively begin manufacturing iPhones in the state by the end of April, or beginning of May.”

A second source familiar with matters told Reuters, however, that no agreement, or memorandum of understanding has so far been finalised with the Karnataka government.

The person, who also asked not to be named, said if Apple did go ahead with plans to begin assembling the iPhone, it was likely to do so initially at the plant being set up by Wistron at Peenya on the outskirts of Bengaluru.

Apple was not immediately reachable for comment.

Joyce Chou, a spokeswoman for Wistron, said its Bengaluru plant is expected to begin producing smartphones some time in the first half of 2017. She declined to comment on whether it would be a captive iPhone assembly site.

Cupertino, California-based Apple, is keen to assemble its phones in India, one of the world’s fastest growing smartphone markets.

Apple representatives met federal and state government officials in India last week, as it is lobbies hard for tax and sourcing concessions before it begins to assemble iPhones there.

Apple described its discussions with Indian officials as open and constructive.

Any final decision on manufacturing in India is, however, likely to depend on the government’s willingness to concede ground on the concessions Apple seeks.

Last month, Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said India would consider Apple’s request for incentives with an “open mind.”