[HERE WE GO AGAIN] Google Plus Icon

Is it just me (and I’m genuinely wondering), or is the Google Plus icon now SMALLER than the other Google icons?

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Please, I beg you, prove me wrong.

EDIT [Jan 5th, 2013]: Yep, it’s confirmed. All three Google icons are of different sizes. Thanks, +Victor Stuber for pixel comparing!

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The Future of Android App Design – Transparent System Bars.

I just got an update for my file manager of choice – Sliding Explorer.

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I got really excited, and decided I had to make a post about this.

Transparent System bars is the future of Holo design. The Navigation bar isn’t a waste of space anymore, and the status bar merges with the app, which makes it look like it’s built into the OS!

I don’t know about you, but I really want to see more apps take advantage of this.

PushBullet

PushBullet

Clock’s “Lap” icon

This is the Clock app from 4.3 Jelly Bean and below:

JB Clock

JB Clock

The “Lap” button (the disk-like one on the bottom left of the stopwatch) changed, with Kit Kat 4.4.

This is what it looks like, now:

KK Clock

KK Clock

I’m okay with this; my only issue is that the icon hasn’t been updated in the notification shade!

Stopwatch running in notification shade

Stopwatch running in notification shade

Details, details.

[ROOT][Awesome] Using Expanded Desktop with Kit Kat Immersive Mode

I usually don’t share this kind of stuff, because it requires Root. But I thought of this great use of Android 4.4 Kit Kat’s Immersive Mode.

If you’re rooted, you should either be on a custom ROM (like Cyanogenmod) that has Expanded Desktop, or get the feature through Exposed Framework.

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The Good

Expanded Desktop will hide your status bar and navigation bar, giving you a rich and immersive full screen experience.

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Beauty.

Beauty.

In this state, Kit Kat lets you swipe up from the bottom , or down from the top of the screen to show the status bar and navigation bar for a few seconds, allowing you to interact with it. I’ve been waiting for something like this!

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Now, you can browse Chrome, or send an email in full screen, and then bring up the normal status bar and nav bar whenever you need it.

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The Bad

This use of Expanded Desktop isn’t perfect, however. I did find that it was a little annoying, especially when typing a message. As shown in the screen shot, the nav bar would come on top of the message area, making me wait a couple seconds before it would disappear.

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I would definitely give this trick a shot, though, and see how you like it! Let me know in the comments down below.

Tiny Details.

Here are a few more places where it seems Google has forgotten to align icons or text properly.

 

The overflow icon is not centered in the touch feedback.

The overflow icon is not centered in the touch feedback.

This is the new sharing menu from the Photos app. Gaah. These icons aren't centered!

This is the new sharing menu from the Photos app.
Gaah. These icons aren’t centered!

Hangouts - The send icon isn't centered!

Hangouts – The send icon isn’t centered!

 

In the Play store’s action overflow menu (shown below), the Auto Update option doesn’t look like it has a check-box, but when you press and hold, it turns out there is one. Weird.

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New Google Now Animation, New Holo Color (?), Blue Inconsistency!

Google Search/Now recently got a pretty significant UI update. It finally adopted the much awaited pull-to-refresh paradigm, and the settings layout has become much more streamlined.

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Though, the pull-to-refresh has changed a bit. In fact, it has become much better. In Gmail and other G apps, the pulltorefresh requires you to swipe down pretty far. The new pulltorefresh found in Google Now allows you to swipe less (if that makes any sense), and it comes with a welcome sliding animation, letting you know that you indeed swiped down.

We even get the new Kit Kat toast!

We even get the new Kit Kat toast!

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This isn’t the only thing that the Google Now update has given us: We may have gotten a new Holo color!

Credit to AndroidPolice.com

Credit to AndroidPolice.com

New Blue?

New Blue?

 

I personally love the new shade of blue, but I’m really disliking the continued inconsistency Google is showing throughout it’s products, even with colors. The new Google Now blue isn’t #HoloYolo blue. And even the YouTube website updated the Like button and like/dislike bar to another shade of blue! Why, Google, WHY?

The like bar is a different shade of blue.

The like bar is a different shade of blue.

The OLD YouTube website Like Bar.

The OLD YouTube website Like Bar.

By the way, I’m loving the new use of Roboto Condensed! Do you?

Anyways, enough ranting for today. What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments down belooow.