Google Polishes And Updates Hangouts, Drive and Play Store
Google has unleashed itself far and wide while coming to updating its apps. While it is obviously difficult to handpick your favorite apps because of the humongous number of apps in store at the Google Play portal, Google has saved you the job and updated the top three apps it has deemed important enough. The search engine giant has now rolled out updates to Hangouts, Google Drive, and Google Play’s portal itself as well.
The changes are not restricted to the user interface now, as user experience has been painted with a new coat as well.
Play Store gets a new and better landscape layout, Hangouts gets a new contact card format, and Drive adds drag and drop organization on mobile.
Note: Click on the headings to find the apk for each update.
Google Play was not exactly very visually appealing, especially once it went into Landscape mode. That is why, the company has decided to polish some Material Design over the whole layout to enhance appeal. The layout follows the proper set of guidelines regarding Material Design as set by Google itself.
Now once the phone is in landscape orientation and has Google Play opened, it won’t hurt your eyes to look at the interface as it did when the content stretched from edge to edge of the screen.
Another violation of Material Design was the action bar, which used to remain visible even when you would be scrolling through content. Google has catered to fix that distraction by moving the bar away as soon as you scroll down the page, and returns as soon as you go back up.
For example, here’s a before and after for the Google Play update:
While the update name may seem very significant from 2.5 to 3.0, the Hangouts app by Google has seen a few, subtle yet integral changes. There may have been attempts at the styling over the right and left, the main change can be seen in the users’ contact cards, as shown below. There is more basic but more detailed information about the contact, including the conversation history with that contact.
Lastly, Google Drive has been updated from version 2.1 to 2.2. Even though there is no apparent change in the interface, many minor touches have been made to the application’s outlook. However, the greatest change is inside, as now users will be able to move files by using simple drag and drop gestures rather than menu commands.