The Now in Android app was previously available on Github for developers to build themselves. Meanwhile, its wider access to Android users through the Google Play Store allows them to experience Android design and development best practices.
Published by Google Samples, the new application was built entirely with Kotlin and Jetpack Compose and follows the latest architecture and modularization. It is intended to be a useful reference for developers.
With the Google Now Android app, you can browse for links to recent videos, articles, and other content. In addition, it also allows you to follow topics they are interested in or follow specific authors.
Furthermore, the new application is designed using Material 3 guidelines. It has two themes and each theme also supports dark mode.
- Dynamic color: Uses colors based on the user’s current color theme (if supported).
- Default theme: Uses predefined colors when dynamic color is not supported.
YouTube Music’s comments: A low-key but powerful social media tool for music fans
YouTube Music offers a feature that allows music lovers to interact with each other through comments. Users can comment on any song, video, or podcast that they are listening to and join the conversation with other users who have similar tastes. Users can also explore user-generated playlists from the community and see their top listens.
Google could improve this YouTube Music feature by adding the option to comment on albums and playlists, and by letting users follow other users and see their comments in a feed. This would make YouTube Music a unique place to connect with music and people.
The UI was redesigned a few weeks ago to make key actions more accessible. Now, users can swipe up a panel of comments from the main YouTube app with just one tap on Android and iOS devices.
YouTube Music is not just a streaming service, but also a social network for music enthusiasts. It provides a platform for users to express themselves and engage with others through music. It also helps users discover new music and expand their musical horizons. YouTube Music is a place where music and people come together.
Samsung Home Launcher gets updated right before One UI 6 unveiling on October 4
October 2023 is about to start and Samsung is going to release the stable One UI 6 update for Galaxy devices. Ahead of that, the Korean tech giant is releasing a new update for Samsung One UI Home (System Launcher). The update arrives with version 15.0.01.144 and is available on the Galaxy Store with an installtion package size of 21.49 MB. The update improves the performance and stability of the launcher, as well as fixes some bugs and issues.
The fresh update of Samsung One UI Home does not include any changelog but it is likely to include some improvements and fixes. It fixes issues that users encountered in the previous version for a smoother and faster experience.
Users can install the latest version of the One UI Home app through the Galaxy Store or download it directly from the third-party source link mentioned here.
One UI Home app manages the home screen and app drawer of Samsung devices. It also provides features such as themes, widgets, gestures, and app icons. The app is updated regularly to enhance the user experience and address any problems that may arise.
Google Calendar for Android adds ‘ Today’ button on all screens
Google Calendar app allows users to organize their schedules as it offers various views to display events and tasks, such as day, week, or month. However, users may sometimes need to check the current date while browsing the calendar but the existing option to return to the current date’s view may disrupt the user’s navigation.
For that, Google is introducing a minor improvement to the Calendar app which is the “Today” button. It will display the current date on every screen. The date will appear between the search icon and the account switcher. It will resemble the application’s icon on Android 13+. This way, you can see the date without leaving the screen you are on.
At the moment, this change is only for phones, not tablets. Tablets will still show “Today” for the button. You need version 2023.36.1.x of Google Calendar for Android to see this change. If you don’t see it, you can restart the app.