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Our hope is that you will come check us out at our new home!

mAnalytics and mAnalytics Pro
What is it?
An application that is used to view Google Analytics in a beautiful Holo interface. 
What does it do?
The beauty of mAnalytics is in its complexity hidden within a simplistic design. The application allows users to view their website’s Google Analytics statistics in a cleanly laid out chart design. It provides Page Views, Pages/Visit, Unique Visitor and additional Analytic information in a well laid out interface.
The Pro version features a homescreen widget and is adfree. 
Design Highlights:
- Minimal interface, with nice use of orange color accents
- Employs a unique yet Holo-esque icon 
- Clean roboto fonts
- Left to Right swipe implementation
Design Requests:
- Removal of menu icon from navigation (does not provide any current function anyways)
- Use of a drop down in the action bar to change the view of which website statistics you are viewing.
Final Thoughts:
When it comes to accessing and viewing Google Analytics, this is the application to use. The interface is wonderful, the developer seems to be consistently improving the application, and the removal of the unneeded menu icon and the addition of the drop down menu in the action bar will complete the look. 
Holo Score: 8.5/10 — “Highly Recommended”
Via: Google Play

mAnalytics and mAnalytics Pro

What is it?

An application that is used to view Google Analytics in a beautiful Holo interface. 

What does it do?

The beauty of mAnalytics is in its complexity hidden within a simplistic design. The application allows users to view their website’s Google Analytics statistics in a cleanly laid out chart design. It provides Page Views, Pages/Visit, Unique Visitor and additional Analytic information in a well laid out interface.

The Pro version features a homescreen widget and is adfree. 

Design Highlights:

- Minimal interface, with nice use of orange color accents

- Employs a unique yet Holo-esque icon 

- Clean roboto fonts

- Left to Right swipe implementation

Design Requests:

- Removal of menu icon from navigation (does not provide any current function anyways)

- Use of a drop down in the action bar to change the view of which website statistics you are viewing.

Final Thoughts:

When it comes to accessing and viewing Google Analytics, this is the application to use. The interface is wonderful, the developer seems to be consistently improving the application, and the removal of the unneeded menu icon and the addition of the drop down menu in the action bar will complete the look. 

Holo Score: 8.5/10 — “Highly Recommended

Via: Google Play

Turntable.fm: What It Should Have Been

What It Should Have Been is a series that takes a look at popular Android applications and how they should/could have been designed to meet the Android Design Guidelines.

Our previous redesigns that we looked at were created by other developers/designers, while this is our first attempt at redesigning the application ourselves. 

What is wrong with the current application design? 

  • Use of iOS icons
  • Use of rounded corners
  • Lacking use of the actionbar (Logout, Search, Add icons, etc…)
  • Use of right hand carets
  • Search using significant screen real estate as opposed to being in the action bar
  • Lacking long press options, and use of left/right swipe navigation
  • Use of fake leather look…

What we Changed

We started by removing the search bar and incorporating it into a newly added action bar. Then we followed it up by removing the fake leather look and going with a flat matte black, and left aligned the app title. 
We removed the right carets, and incorporated left to right swipe gestures. The use of the action overflow icon was also included to store settings, and additional and less used options. Finally, we added the ability to favorite stations using Android Design provided icons.

Final Thoughts

By the time the redesign was completed, we were able to add the ability to view an additional station, and significantly cleaned up the design while preserving the uniqueness of the Turntable.fm application. 
Here at Holo Everywhere, we just hope that Turntable.fm goes away from the look of an iOS ported application and begins to incorporate and follow the Android Design Guidelines. 

*UPDATE*

We have received the following response from the Turntable.fm Twitter account:

Package Buddy Pro

What is it? 

Package Buddy Pro is a Holo themed package tracker.


What does it do? 
Allows package tracking and notifications of package movement. The Pro version also syncs with www.package-buddy.com allowing users to input tracking numbers and descriptions and sync with your phone.


Design Highlights: 
- Green accented Holo interface
- Left to Right swipe navigation
- Proper use of the action bar



Design / Function Requests: 
- Higher resolution icons in the Action Bar (xhdpi compatible)
- Long press selecting of packages would use the secondary action window
- Removal of the “Tap to Refresh” text, and implementation of a Refresh button in the Action Bar
- Allow users to email tracking numbers/info to a @package-buddy.com email address that would convert and auto add the package to the tracked package listing (see Shiprack)


Final Thoughts:
Package tracker is the first and only package tracking application that utilizes the Holo theming and tries to implement a majority of the Android Design Guidelines. While we have some minor gripes with the app regarding the design (see above), overall it functions well, and looks great.



Verdict: With some minor usability improvements, this app could quickly make itself stand out from the crowded package tracking application market.


Holo Score: 7/10


Via: Package-Buddy 

Package Buddy Pro

What is it?

Package Buddy Pro is a Holo themed package tracker.

What does it do?

Allows package tracking and notifications of package movement. The Pro version also syncs with www.package-buddy.com allowing users to input tracking numbers and descriptions and sync with your phone.

Design Highlights:

- Green accented Holo interface

- Left to Right swipe navigation

- Proper use of the action bar

Design / Function Requests:

- Higher resolution icons in the Action Bar (xhdpi compatible)

- Long press selecting of packages would use the secondary action window

- Removal of the “Tap to Refresh” text, and implementation of a Refresh button in the Action Bar

- Allow users to email tracking numbers/info to a @package-buddy.com email address that would convert and auto add the package to the tracked package listing (see Shiprack)

Final Thoughts:

Package tracker is the first and only package tracking application that utilizes the Holo theming and tries to implement a majority of the Android Design Guidelines. While we have some minor gripes with the app regarding the design (see above), overall it functions well, and looks great.

Verdict: With some minor usability improvements, this app could quickly make itself stand out from the crowded package tracking application market.

Holo Score: 7/10

Via: Package-Buddy 

File Explorer
What is it?
File Explorer is a holo-themed file manager, that offers root access and a clean interface that follows the android design guidelines.
What does it do?
In the case of File Explorer, I’ll leave the Play Store description to layout the features of the app:
FileExplorer is:
Free 
Simple 
Fast 
Open Source 
Ad Free (Forever) 
Awesome (like you!) 
IceCream Sandwich (ICS) compatible Coming soon in 1.3 (pre ICS) 
GMail Integration 
Unzipping Functionality 
Coming soon 3.0 (ICS) 
Multi select 
More awesomeness 
Widgets
Design Highlights:
- Beautiful interface. The absolute best I’ve seen in the File Explorer type category (Ex: Astro, Root Explorer, OI Explorer)
- Follows the Holo design guidelines
- Utilizes Holo designed icons
- Uses the action bar in an appropriate manner (uses the awesome dropdown menu to navigate between recent folders and create new files)
- Long press pulls up a secondary action window, similar to the native Gmail app, with options to Share, Copy, Cut, Delete, Edit, or Zip a file.
Design / Function Requests:
- Ability to set permission for applications (IE: Root Explorer)
- Ability to select multiple items at once
Final Thoughts:  
When an application feels native to ICS like FileExplorer, you know that the developers have created something truly unique and special. While file explorer type applications are a dime a dozen on Android, this is the one I will recommend to anyone running Android 3.0 or greater. FileExplorer has all the features that most users would need, and once permissions options are added, it will become the go to tool for power users as well. I will be utilizing this app for my file browsing needs in the forseeable future, and recommend everyone check it out.
Verdict:
The definition of a perfect Holo interface, coupled with appropriate usability. Once permissions, multiple item selection, and additional root options are added this will become the go to file manager for users.
Holo Score: 8.5/10

Via: Amey Sakhadeo 

File Explorer

What is it?

File Explorer is a holo-themed file manager, that offers root access and a clean interface that follows the android design guidelines.

What does it do?

In the case of File Explorer, I’ll leave the Play Store description to layout the features of the app:

FileExplorer is:

  • Free 
  • Simple 
  • Fast 
  • Open Source 
  • Ad Free (Forever) 
  • Awesome (like you!) 
  • IceCream Sandwich (ICS) compatible Coming soon in 1.3 (pre ICS) 
  • GMail Integration 
  • Unzipping Functionality 
  • Coming soon 3.0 (ICS) 
  • Multi select 
  • More awesomeness 
  • Widgets

Design Highlights:

- Beautiful interface. The absolute best I’ve seen in the File Explorer type category (Ex: Astro, Root Explorer, OI Explorer)

- Follows the Holo design guidelines

- Utilizes Holo designed icons

- Uses the action bar in an appropriate manner (uses the awesome dropdown menu to navigate between recent folders and create new files)

- Long press pulls up a secondary action window, similar to the native Gmail app, with options to Share, Copy, Cut, Delete, Edit, or Zip a file.

Design / Function Requests:

- Ability to set permission for applications (IE: Root Explorer)

- Ability to select multiple items at once

Final Thoughts:  

When an application feels native to ICS like FileExplorer, you know that the developers have created something truly unique and special. While file explorer type applications are a dime a dozen on Android, this is the one I will recommend to anyone running Android 3.0 or greater. FileExplorer has all the features that most users would need, and once permissions options are added, it will become the go to tool for power users as well. I will be utilizing this app for my file browsing needs in the forseeable future, and recommend everyone check it out.

Verdict:

The definition of a perfect Holo interface, coupled with appropriate usability. Once permissions, multiple item selection, and additional root options are added this will become the go to file manager for users.

Holo Score: 8.5/10

Via: Amey Sakhadeo 

Taptu
***UPDATED 4/27/12*** Based on feedback from one of the developers for the Taptu application there have been some comments stricken, and an updated score. 
Thanks to Konstantinos Papamiltiadis for the great feedback! 
What is it?
Taptu is a newsreader application that allows you to monitor topics and feeds and read articles all while using a holo themed interface.
What does it do? 
Taptu is very similar to many other newsreaders that have been trending of late. Specifically it is similar to the popular Pulse application. Where Taptu stands out is that it encourages the social aspect much more then most other readers. Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn content will show in the same convenient and functional interface, which is a very attractive feature to social users.
Design Highlights: 
- Clean interface
- Follows the Holo design
- Utilizes Holo designed icons
- Left to right swipe navigation, for navigating between articles in a particular feed
- Uses the action bar in an appropriate manner (lists Share and bookmark icons for saving articles)
Design / Function Requests: 
- More color! The application is basically black and white, which looks clean, but also somewhat bland. It would be nice to see an option to color the feed titles.
The stricken out option above is available within the application! You can set custom colors for each feed which quickly brightens up your timeline, an excellent feature addition. 
- Larger text for the setting portion of the application (although we applaud the proper use of the menu button)
- Ability to only show posts from Twitter/Facebook that contain links
Final Thoughts:
Taptu is a great social news reader, which is the biggest standout feature compared to several other news readers now hitting the market. If you’re someone looking to organize the bookmarks and links that are posted in your social feeds, this is a great application. Also, if you are more of a casual reader who cares about topics more then individual sites, this is also the application for you.
From a design perspective, the application is wonderful, although a bit bland, prior to customizing the colors of the individual feeds.
Overall, we applaud the implementation of the android design guidelines, and encourage everyone to check it out if they are looking for a social, or topic based news reader.
Holo Score: 8/10 
Via: Taptu

Taptu

***UPDATED 4/27/12*** Based on feedback from one of the developers for the Taptu application there have been some comments stricken, and an updated score. 

Thanks to Konstantinos Papamiltiadis for the great feedback! 

What is it?

Taptu is a newsreader application that allows you to monitor topics and feeds and read articles all while using a holo themed interface.

What does it do?

Taptu is very similar to many other newsreaders that have been trending of late. Specifically it is similar to the popular Pulse application. Where Taptu stands out is that it encourages the social aspect much more then most other readers. Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn content will show in the same convenient and functional interface, which is a very attractive feature to social users.

Design Highlights:

- Clean interface

- Follows the Holo design

- Utilizes Holo designed icons

- Left to right swipe navigation, for navigating between articles in a particular feed

- Uses the action bar in an appropriate manner (lists Share and bookmark icons for saving articles)

Design / Function Requests:

- More color! The application is basically black and white, which looks clean, but also somewhat bland. It would be nice to see an option to color the feed titles.


The stricken out option above is available within the application! You can set custom colors for each feed which quickly brightens up your timeline, an excellent feature addition. 

- Larger text for the setting portion of the application (although we applaud the proper use of the menu button)

- Ability to only show posts from Twitter/Facebook that contain links

Final Thoughts:

Taptu is a great social news reader, which is the biggest standout feature compared to several other news readers now hitting the market. If you’re someone looking to organize the bookmarks and links that are posted in your social feeds, this is a great application. Also, if you are more of a casual reader who cares about topics more then individual sites, this is also the application for you.

From a design perspective, the application is wonderful, although a bit bland, prior to customizing the colors of the individual feeds.

Overall, we applaud the implementation of the android design guidelines, and encourage everyone to check it out if they are looking for a social, or topic based news reader.

Holo Score: 8/10 

Via: Taptu

Facebook on Android : What it Should have Been

Above images via monkfish-bandana

Facebook is arguably one of the most popular applications on Android. Yet, the design of the application has not yet made any efforts to look and feel truly Android. 

The above images are mockup’s by monkfish-bandana on DeviantArt, and show how great the Facebook application could and should be. The designer obviously spent a large amount of time invested into his redesign, and includes several screenshots in his main gallery on his DevianArt page (listed below).

Both designs (v2 at the top, and v1 at the bottom), keep the uniqueness of using a Facebook application while following the Android design guidelines. I especially enjoy the use of the dropdown in the News Feed design and the left to right swipe navigation in the profile view. All of this is coupled with a functional and clean interface that looks and functions like an Android designed application.

I can understand that many major application producers feel the need to make a unified and similar interface between iOS applications and their Android counterparts. That being said, it continues to disappoint me to see so few major applications such as Facebook, Netflix, Twitter, etc… that continue to make dated looking designs, that don’t take advantage of the clean and distinct look of the Holo interface.  

As the designer above demonstrated, you can keep the branding and uniqueness of your applications without going against the design guidelines in place. 

One can only hope that developers will make the shift to following the design guidelines, so that we all may benefit. 

Via: monkfish-bandana on DeviantArt

Woot Check
What is it? 
Woot Check, an application that allows you to check Woot and it’s affiliate sites. 
What does it do? 
Woot Check, is an application that allows you to browse Woot.com, Wine.Woot, Shirt.Woot, Sellout.Woot, Kids.Woot, Home.Woot,and Moofi through one unified holo-designed applicationt that adheres perfectly to the Android design guidelines.  It also allows you to share the woot that you are looking at by using Android built in share function.
Design Highlights: 
- Colorful interface that changes background color depending on the type of woot site you are on. 
- Follows the Holo design, with a subtle thick underline beneath the selected Woot site
- Utilizes Holo designed icons 
- Left to right swipe navigation, for navigating between Woot sites
- Uses the action bar in an appropriate manner
Design / Function Requests: 
- Built in purchase functions (currently sends you to the woot site through your browser)
Final Thoughts:
Woot Check should be purchased by Woot and used for their main android application, it’s just that good. Seriously Woot, do this now. 
With that in mind, Woot Check is an outstanding application that offers all the functionality of the woot.com webisite (minus in app purchasing), all while utilizing one of my favorite Holo designs yet. I especially appreciated the use of the corresponding Woot site colors in the navigation. 
Perfect interface. Easy to use. Highly recommended for the Woot faithful. 
Holo Score: 9/10  
Via: WootCheck

Woot Check

What is it? 

Woot Check, an application that allows you to check Woot and it’s affiliate sites. 

What does it do? 

Woot Check, is an application that allows you to browse Woot.com, Wine.Woot, Shirt.Woot, Sellout.Woot, Kids.Woot, Home.Woot,and Moofi through one unified holo-designed applicationt that adheres perfectly to the Android design guidelines.  It also allows you to share the woot that you are looking at by using Android built in share function.

Design Highlights: 

- Colorful interface that changes background color depending on the type of woot site you are on. 

- Follows the Holo design, with a subtle thick underline beneath the selected Woot site

- Utilizes Holo designed icons 

- Left to right swipe navigation, for navigating between Woot sites

- Uses the action bar in an appropriate manner

Design / Function Requests: 

- Built in purchase functions (currently sends you to the woot site through your browser)

Final Thoughts:

Woot Check should be purchased by Woot and used for their main android application, it’s just that good. Seriously Woot, do this now. 

With that in mind, Woot Check is an outstanding application that offers all the functionality of the woot.com webisite (minus in app purchasing), all while utilizing one of my favorite Holo designs yet. I especially appreciated the use of the corresponding Woot site colors in the navigation. 

Perfect interface. Easy to use. Highly recommended for the Woot faithful. 

Holo Score: 9/10  

Via: WootCheck

Mentions
What is it? 
Mentions is a holo themed app designed for monitoring your websites online presence.
What does it do? 
Mentions is a very simple, yet intuitive application that monitors Twitter, Google+, Reddit, and Feedburner for “mentions” of your website. With Feedburner, it actively monitors how many suscribers are on your website.  Notifications are turned on, so that when your blog is mentioned on Twitter, Google+ or Reddit, you are instantly notified. 
Design Highlights: 
Minimal, but intuitive interface
Follows the Holo design, using a brown (non-changeable) color for the action bar
Utilizes Holo designed icons 
Left to right swipe navigation
Excellent status bar icons that feel native to ICS
Design / Function Requests: 
Multiple domain monitoring 
Facebook monitoring
Color change options for application highlights
Ability to connect to social profiles for responding to mentions
Final Thoughts:
Mentions is a pretty niche application, that is geared towards domain administrators but the simple purpose that it serves, it serves well. It is a fantastic, and beautifully designed way to monitor what people are saying about your blog/website. I use it daily to monitor what people are saying about HoloEverywhere, and it is an incredibly effective tool. ‘
That being said, some additional functionality would be great (see design/function requests above), but the user interface is perfect. 
Good application that with a few more features, would be a 10/10. 
Holo Score: 7.5/10  
Via: Lehtimaeki

Mentions

What is it? 

Mentions is a holo themed app designed for monitoring your websites online presence.

What does it do? 

Mentions is a very simple, yet intuitive application that monitors Twitter, Google+, Reddit, and Feedburner for “mentions” of your website. With Feedburner, it actively monitors how many suscribers are on your website.  Notifications are turned on, so that when your blog is mentioned on Twitter, Google+ or Reddit, you are instantly notified. 

Design Highlights: 

  • Minimal, but intuitive interface
  • Follows the Holo design, using a brown (non-changeable) color for the action bar
  • Utilizes Holo designed icons 
  • Left to right swipe navigation
  • Excellent status bar icons that feel native to ICS

Design / Function Requests: 

  • Multiple domain monitoring 
  • Facebook monitoring
  • Color change options for application highlights
  • Ability to connect to social profiles for responding to mentions

Final Thoughts:

Mentions is a pretty niche application, that is geared towards domain administrators but the simple purpose that it serves, it serves well. It is a fantastic, and beautifully designed way to monitor what people are saying about your blog/website. I use it daily to monitor what people are saying about HoloEverywhere, and it is an incredibly effective tool. ‘

That being said, some additional functionality would be great (see design/function requests above), but the user interface is perfect. 

Good application that with a few more features, would be a 10/10. 

Holo Score: 7.5/10  

Via: Lehtimaeki

Pocket - formerly “Read it Later”What is it? Pocket is a recently released redesign of the popular cross platform Read it Later application.  What does it do? The goal of Pocket is the same as it was with Read it Later, albeit on a much broader scale. Read it Later focused on the textual side of the web, where as Pocket is looking to be the all encompassing multimedia hub for “I’ll look at it later” content. Most importantly though, the recent redesign is bold, and designed with the Android design guidelines in mind.  Design Highlights: - Minimal, but intuitive interface- Follows the Holo design, but also includes minor graphical differences to make it stand out (Ex: Google Play-like colors at the top of the application)- Utilizes Holo designed icons throughout the interface- Appropriate use of the action bar Design Requests: - Left to Right Swipe Implementation      Examples     - Perhaps for switching between All Items, Articles, Videos, Images     - Paginated scrolling between pages, or between articles- Contextual Action bar usage     Examples       -Marking items as read, star, tags, etc…  (Currently long pressing brings up the options over top of the article selected, and does not utilize the      contextual action bar. Final Thoughts:This is the best application on the market for saving items and reading them later on Android. The design is beautifully laid out, and despite the requests above, the application closely follows the Android design guidelines and implements the holo theme wonderfully. Thank you Pocket team, for showing that being a cross platform application can have unique design for Android that makes it feel like a native application, and not just an iOS port. Fantastic application, Highly recommended. Holo Score: 9/10
Pocket - formerly “Read it Later”

What is it?
Pocket is a recently released redesign of the popular cross platform Read it Later application. 

What does it do?
The goal of Pocket is the same as it was with Read it Later, albeit on a much broader scale. Read it Later focused on the textual side of the web, where as Pocket is looking to be the all encompassing multimedia hub for “I’ll look at it later” content. Most importantly though, the recent redesign is bold, and designed with the Android design guidelines in mind. 

Design Highlights:
- Minimal, but intuitive interface
- Follows the Holo design, but also includes minor graphical differences to make it stand out (Ex: Google Play-like colors at the top of the application)
- Utilizes Holo designed icons throughout the interface
- Appropriate use of the action bar

Design Requests:
- Left to Right Swipe Implementation
     Examples
     - Perhaps for switching between All Items, Articles, Videos, Images
     - Paginated scrolling between pages, or between articles
- Contextual Action bar usage
     Examples 
     -Marking items as read, star, tags, etc…  (Currently long pressing brings up the options over top of the article selected, and does not utilize the      contextual action bar.

Final Thoughts:
This is the best application on the market for saving items and reading them later on Android. The design is beautifully laid out, and despite the requests above, the application closely follows the Android design guidelines and implements the holo theme wonderfully.

Thank you Pocket team, for showing that being a cross platform application can have unique design for Android that makes it feel like a native application, and not just an iOS port.

Fantastic application, Highly recommended.

Holo Score: 9/10