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    Lightbulb List apps that are HOLO themed (ICS design)

    If Google Play had a category, that would list apps those follow design guidelines with HOLO theme, we would be sorted. Also, titles of Editor's choice, Featured apps, Staff picks should be reserved for developers that follow design guidelines, to encourage them pursue better design.

    With great smartpones like HTC One X, Samsung GNex, Galaxy S3 in our hands, it s**ks to use apps that still use Eclair design.
    To start us off, here are a couple of examples of apps I'm aware of:

    - To do/tasks

    - Volume manager

    - Battery manager

    - Password manager

    - view Wikipedia articles

    - Home screen replacement & app launcher

    Please post the apps/widgets that you know/use have HOLO theme, Google play link and a description of 2-3 words to help others understand what it does.

    P.S. This thread was inspired by the desire to use apps, that have good design/UI and that led me to This site only reviews apps that follow Android design guidelines or are HOLO themed.
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    - Voice recorder
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    RepliGo PDF reader
    Missed It! global notifications manager
    Calendar Droid
    Dropbox
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    - Stopwatch and Timer

    - Minimalistic timer

    - Intuitive alarm clock
    Last edited by Google Nexus; 10-15-2012 at 02:54 PM.
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    Office/Productivity Apps: - Stylish and Intuitive Calendar App
    - Customizable calendar

    - PDF viewing, annotating and form filling
    Last edited by Google Nexus; 10-15-2012 at 02:56 PM.
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    SetCPU - root tool for processor speed management.
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    Default Re: List ONLY apps that follow ICS design guidelines i.e. HOLO th

    Maniana ToDo List, simple, great reviews, open source, absolutely free, no ads, no crippleware.



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    One simple way to test if an app was adopted to ICS+ is the android:targetSdkVersion value in the app manifest. If it is 14+ then it's good.



    Also, ICS shows the menu button at the bottom bar (those three dots) only for legacy apps.
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    - Notes & tasks with Google Sync

    - Notes
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    Excuse me for getting slightly off topic but is this really such a concern?
    I know I've seen many apps that are just overall badly designed but the ICS guidelines don't prevent bad design that I'm aware of.

    What are you really referring to when you look at this from a user point of view?
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    First let me reply to your questions, then I'll put my points below it. I see that you're a new developer in Android market, so having these kinda questions is good for you.And I hope this will help you motivate to upgrade your app to ICS guidelines.
    Quote Originally Posted by SquareWide View Post
    Excuse me for getting slightly off topic but is this really such a concern?
    It is indeed a point of concern. And for an individual to understand, s/he should be using a device that launched in 2012(in other words a high end device). So I'll presume from hereafter that you're using a device that doesn't fall into this category.

    I know I've seen many apps that are just overall badly designed but the ICS guidelines don't prevent bad design that I'm aware of.
    Yes, no guidelines can prevent bad design. But new OS, like ICS here, give you a fresh & a decent stock base that you can use, without worrying about custom design of your app. Don't believe me, go checkout apps that I've listed above with Google Play links.

    What are you really referring to when you look at this from a user point of view?
    If you were to buy a laptop tomorrow will you install Windows 95/98 on it, and find apps that are compatible with those OLD operating systems. Most people will answer this question, with NO.
    Similarly, If you're using a fresh design oriented Android OS on your high end phone, why would you go to find apps that still have UI of Doughnut or Eclair?

    Until ICS came, it was hard to blame developers for a bad design, since older versions of Android had a weird UI (with orange & yellow colors) in it's stock. But with help from Matias Duarte design became important aspect of Android OS 4.0 & they pretty much nailed it with ICS. Moreover, with more than 1.3 million new Android device activations per day and around 600,000 apps in play store, more and more people will be using phones with ICS/JB OS as their default. It is safe to presume they will be looking for apps with new UI instead of apps built for older versions of Android.
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    System Tools:
    - File manager for your device

    - CPU and process monitor with graphical load history
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    - Accounting Software
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    - Twitter Client
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    one more is
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    Apps that require root: - File manager for root users, SQLite database viewer, Text Editor.

    - Kernel updater

    - Tool for changing the CPU settings
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    - Rich notifications for reminders, passwords, lists, pictures, or anything else
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    - Track everything(your weight, sleep hours, mugs of coffee, daily workouts, etc.), everywhere.
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    Is it possible to edit either the original post or the 1st reply to keep a full running list? I know this is asking the op to do more work to keep editing as people post more apps, but I think it would be really helpful to have a "complete" list somewhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jean15paul View Post
    Is it possible to edit either the original post or the 1st reply to keep a full running list? I know this is asking the op to do more work to keep editing as people post more apps, but I think it would be really helpful to have a "complete" list somewhere.
    I see where you're coming from..but as you rightly pointed out it involves extra effort/time in going through each new post(verifying it for HOLO theme) by everyone and putting it back in the original post. Also, I only post when I come across a new app that has a HOLO theme. Since, there are many apps that are following ICS guidelines but not all have stock HOLO theme. Moreover, an indirect result of posting in this style is that it gets more attention of old/new forum members, something that won't be possible if the same post was edited again and again, unless this was made a sticky thread.
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    - Be aware of what permissions you gave to apps
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    - Barometer and Altimeter
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    - Apps and games in a beautiful and personalized app guide.
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    - Stylish and Intuitive Calendar App
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    QickPic.
    Plume.
    EverNote.
    Jot.
    Apex\Nova\Holo launchers.
    Slider Widget.

    Those are the apps I can think of for now , sorry I don't know how to post a link & make it show up as the App's name like you did
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