Items tagged with material design

Over the past year, Google has put considerable effort into bolstering its Gmail service on the web with new features and capabilities. For example, Gmail now utilizes machine learning techniques to help draft emails with Smart Compose, and it can remind you to follow up on emails that still need attention. That's all well and good, but what about the mobile experience? Rest assured, Google has not forgotten about Gmail on mobile devices. In a recent blog post, Gmail product manager Nikolus Ray explained that Gmail is getting a fresh new look on Android and iOS. "As part of the new design, you can quickly view attachments—like photos—without opening or scrolling through the conversation.... Read more...
Most smartphone users understand that one of the things that will consume your battery the fastest is having your screen brightness set to maximum. Google recently talked with developers at its Android Dev Summit about what they can do to build apps that are as easy on the battery inside Android devices as possible. The details Google offered up show that not only does battery consumption in apps depend on screen brightness, but the colors the devs choose for the apps can have a significant impact on battery life as well. If the apps run the screen at full brightness, power consumption goes up significantly; in fact, Google notes that brightness affects power usage in a mostly linear fashion.... Read more...
Over the past few months, Google has been experimenting with its latest Material Design refresh on its Chrome Canary builds. Google even added support for Material Design in current builds of Chrome 68, but you have to enable it with flags -- it isn't on by default. That will all change with Chrome 69, which is expected to make its debut next month and will have the new look enabled by default. As pointed out by 9to5Google, the release notes for Chrome 69 Enterprise mention the following: Browser interface changes Chrome Browser will have a new design across all operating systems. Highlights include Microsoft Windows 10 notification-center integration, touchpad gesture navigation... Read more...
Earlier this month, Google issued a new build of Chrome Canary that allowed users to try out the latest version of the Material Design language. Google enabled the new Material Design by default on the experimental Chrome Canary browser for Windows, Linux and Chrome OS (and with experimental flags on macOS). But for those that don't want to muck around with a work-in-progress browser like Canary, you can now enable the Material Design experience with the Chrome 68 public channel browser release. Below are the steps needed to enable it on desktop and mobile versions of Chrome 68. Desktop Versions of Chrome 68 Paste chrome://flags/#top-chrome-md into the omnibox Find “UI... Read more...
Google's dominate Chrome web browser is set to receive a big Material Design makeover later this year. However, if you want to give a try right now, you can do so by downloading the latest build of Chrome Canary. For those not in the know, Canary is the developmental branch of Chrome where new features are tested before they roll out widely to the public. As you can see in the image below, this is a total revamp of the browser, with a completely new address bar and look for the tabs interface. Tabs have a more rounded shape and colors have been refreshed through the UI.  "Plenty of things have been updated for the better in my opinion: tab shape, single tab mode, omnibox suggestion icons,... Read more...
It was just yesterday when we reported that Google will soon unveil a redesigned version of its Gmail web/desktop interface. Google is trying to bring the desktop/web version of Gmail closer to feature parity with the mobile app versions of Gmail available for iOS and Android. Today, we're getting our first glimpse at this new user interface courtesy of screenshots that were gathered by The Verge. Regular Gmail users will feel right at home with the redesign, as it doesn’t stray toofar from the current look. However, Google has made some tweaks to bring Gmail's user interface more in line with the corporate Material Design philosophy. The biggest visual change, however, is... Read more...
If you are a Google Chrome user — and according to the latest stats, that includes a majority of internet users — there is a new release that just hit the Stable Channel. Chrome 59 comes out of the gate with a pretty big update for those currently running the macOS operating system: native notifications. This latest release allows notifications that are sent via the Notifications API or Chrome’s own chrome.notifications extensions API to use the native notification system incorporated into macOS. Chrome had previously used its own system for web and app notifications, which sometimes clashed with macOS system-wide settings and was not visually in keeping with other notifications that adhered... Read more...