Android can be beautiful. Even Techno Users can attest to it and it’s absolutely true. Admittedly, it’s far easier to find visually stunning apps for the iPhone and iPad; truth be told, there are just more of them in the App Store. But if you value incredible style and aesthetics, don’t dismiss Google’s mobile operating system. Look deep enough and there’s a
#nwplyng is a novel Android app that promotes sharing and discovering new music with a badge-collecting gamification system similar to Foursquare.
Circa is one of the first apps to address and challenge how the news should be written and distributed for mobile consumption. By structuring the news as small, bite-sized segments, it’s far easier for readers to quickly absorb the latest headlines.
From a design standpoint, Circa is wonderful. It incorporates a mostly monochrome color scheme, increasing the impact of the photographs layered into each story. It’s polished and professional like a broadsheet newspaper, with clean, legible typefaces and small, discernible buttons.
With Google Reader out of the picture, third-party apps such as Feedly and Digg have arrived to scoop up the huge number of RSS enthusiasts desperate for an equally impressive news reader service.
Feedly is stunning. With quick access to all of your favorite blogs, news sites and podcasts, it offers a very regimented, functional design. Headlines stand out with a bold, punchy sans-serif font, while the articles themselves have a refined layout with plenty of breathing space for the copy and imagery.
If Feedly just isn’t to your tastes, fear not. Digg is an equally impressive offering. In addition to acting as an RSS reader, you also get access to all of the popular and featured articles picked out by Digg’s in-house team.
The home feed prioritizes large, full-width photographs with smaller headlines and publication titles overhead. It’s a more visual take on Feedly, but again retains the professional design cues that have evolved over decades in the newspaper business. If you want to just kick back and read some premium, hand-picked content from across the web, this is a great option.
Flipboard wants to recreate luxury magazines for the Web. Unlike many other newsstand apps though, which simply regurgitate print publications as a digital PDF, Flipboard takes that content and repurposes it for your smartphone or tablet.
Hue isn’t afraid to splash some color around. The grey, drab menu settings listed in the side menu are contrasted with bright shades of either red or blue in the primary screen. They have a huge impact on the app’s design and makes monitoring the weather a beautiful, memorable experience.
Hue doesn’t skimp on information either. The current temperature is the app’s focal point, but look underneath and you’ll find the minimum and maximum temperature for that day, as well as the current wind speed and weather conditions.
Travel apps are usually pretty dull, which is a shame given that you’re supposed to feel excited when you take time off, pack your bags and explore somewhere new. Expedia’s Android app breaks this trend.
Evernote is one of the best note-taking apps of all time. The service needs little introduction, but if you’ve managed to miss out on this cross-platform sensation, take my word for it. Evernote is astounding.
Grand St. is a curated marketplace for technology and gadget enthusiasts like you and me. It’s a simple idea at its core: highlight creative, innovative hardware that users can then buy with just a couple of taps. It’s part magazine, part catalog, wrapped in a beautiful design that will suit any device.