Last year Google made a big push to improve the overall look of its mobile platform thanks to the addition of Material Design, a slick new design language that added terrific animations and other features to Android. Via 9to5Google, it seems that Google’s Material Design team has recognized 18 different mobile apps for having “best-in-class” designs that take advantage of the new tools Google developed with Android 5.0 Lollipop. We’ll go through them one-by-one below.
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B&H Photo, Video, Pro Audio
Google recognized shopping app B&H with a Material Design Award for Immersive Imagery. Check it out for yourself here.
The New York Times
Google recognized The New York Times’ app for its elegant typography. Download it here.
Google gave Pocket, a read-it-later news app, recognition for its impressive adaptive layouts. Download it here.
Google recognized podcast aggregation app Pocket Casts for its seamless browsing experience. Buy it here.
Google recognized Tumblr for having “delightful animation.” Download it here.
Google recognized Weather Timeline for its “crafted simplicity.” Buy it here.
The following apps were also recognized for having best-in-class design by Google:
- Buzzfeed, the ubiquitous viral media monster
- Circle for Bitcoin, a Bitcoin storage and sharing app
- Evernote, a popular productivity app
- GroupMe, a cool social networking app
- IndieGoGo, the Kickstarter crowdfunding rival
- Instacart, a grocery delivery app
- Lyft, the popular ride-sharing app
- Runtastic Running, a fitness tracking app
- SeriesGuide, an app to help you keep up with your favorite TV shows
- Telegram, a messaging app that’s really taken off over the past year
- The Hunt — Style and Shopping, an app for anyone who needs crowdsourced fashion advice
- WiMAN, a free Wi-Fi unlocker