Android apps will be whiter and rounder with 2018 Material Design

A cleaner, whiter future for Google apps



Material Design for Android has been around since 2014 and it formally started on version 5.0 Lollipop. Google introduced it to keep the look of their operating system and its apps consistent and visually pleasing.

This year, Google is pushing out major changes to its Material Design guidelines. If you’ve been using Google services, you might have seen the revamp already. So far, it’s available on web versions of Gmail and Google Drive, early builds of Chrome, and on Android P Beta. Based on new information floating around, the Android side of things will soon get plenty of Material Design.

Without further ado, check out the images below courtesy of Arstechnica:

Gmail | Image credit: Arstechnica

Gmail | Image credit: Arstechnica

Gmail | Image credit: Arstechnica

Google Trips | Image credit: Arstechnica

Google Drive | Image credit: Arstechnica

Google Maps | Image credit: Arstechnica

Google Photos | Image credit: Arstechnica

There’s also a video reel showing off the new design:

Keep in mind that the video shown above is not from Google themselves but from designers Adam Grabowski and Nicolo Bianchino. They have worked with Google several times on Material Design projects and the latest one is this video reel.

It was uploaded on Vimeo with a description saying they “worked together with the Google Material Design team to create a piece showcasing their updated design system for their internal teams.”

The video is now set to private on Vimeo but the folks over at were able to make a copy before it was taken down. The upload on Vimeo has been shared by various Google employees, so it should be the real deal.

The 2018 Material Design of Android apps includes a revised font, adjusted action buttons, and Google colors that are in subtle graphics. To sum things up, the general design direction of Android is to embrace the color white.

SEE ALSO: You might need to pay Google for Android soon


TechDen helps create better and healthier screen habits

Time to pull ourselves away from those addictive screens



I think it’s pretty safe to say that a lot of us spend a majority of our time staring at a screen. This is all fine and dandy, technology is awesome, but we also have to admit that our devices have changed how we interact IRL. The founders of TechDen has thought of a way to pull us away from our screens and back into the real world.

TechDen merges software and hardware to create a system that can help build healthier screen habits. The Den lets you charge and store up to two devices, and manage multiple ones. The accompanying app lets you create “sessions” of specific time periods with their own duration based on people’s schedules, as well as schedules to remotely lock and unlock the doors of The Den.

You receive notifications when devices are removed as well as time usage, and in the family setting, this system creates opportunities for collaboration — you can talk to your kids about the session schedules, and even utilize these sessions as incentives.

TechDen is marketed towards families to encourage more real-world interaction with an “out of sight, out of mind” point of view. Really though, this tech would be very helpful for anyone who wants to build a healthy relationship with their devices for themselves.

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Spotlight: What’s new with Free on Spotify?

All these new features!



Time to rejoice, music lovers! Last April, Spotify quietly announced the new and improved Free on Spotify, and today, we got up close and personal with all the new things the app can now do.

The streaming company’s Free on Spotify redesign will make for a better listening experience for all free users. How, you may ask? Well, it all boils down to five new key features.

Pick your favorites

Spotify’s taste onboarding allows you to pick five (or more) of your favorite artists and this will set the stage for your Spotify experience — a home screen and music discovery experience tailored to your choices will await.

Pick and play… list

15 playlists will automatically be curated based on your music preferences for your listening pleasure. These playlists are different for each individual person, and they update depending on your interactions. Talk about personalized listening!

When you decide to make your own playlists, you’ll also get suggestions based on your artist choice and even playlist title.

What you want, when you want

Previously only available to Premium users, Free users now have unlimited skips — yes, you heard right! The caveat: The feature is only available for those 15 curated playlists, which isn’t half bad as those are catered to your personal taste.

All ❤️s

Actions on specific songs will help you create a better experience on the Spotify app. Hitting ❤️ on a song means it will go to Your Favorites, a playlist that’s found on your home screen.

You can also “unlike” songs which removes said offending song from future playlists. Don’t worry though, this is reversible — simply searching for the song and tapping ❤️ will undo the action.

Optimize your data

For the data-conscious, there’s now a data saving mode! This isn’t turned on by default but all you need to do is head to settings and activate it.

Happy listening!

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SafeDate gives you ease of mind going into a date

This app lets your friends keep tabs on you



In 2005, Emma Sayle started Killing Kittens, best known for its extravagant sex parties. It aims to enable women to explore their sexuality in an open and safe space. Since it started, KK has had an incredibly strict code of conduct for their parties to ensure that women feel “empowered, safe, and confident.” Members are vetted before being admitted and there is a rule wherein only the women can approach men.

Last July, she launched the SafeDate app which puts a modern twist to what girls have been doing for years. This app lets you input information for your dates, including a profile for the person you’re going out with. You then designate a “safe friend” to whom you will have to check in with at a time which you set. If you don’t check in by the time you set, your friend will be notified and given the details of your date, and it would be up to them to decide what to do next.

Sayle told Wired that we can’t stop bad things from happening, nor can we tell people what to do. But if someone seeing the SafeDate logo makes them think twice, and women feel safer knowing that someone they trust is keeping an eye out for them, it’s a step in the right direction. We definitely couldn’t agree more!

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