Five Apps That Make the Android Interface More Modern (Video)

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The Android interface has drastically changed over the last six years. Few of us care to recall the days of Gingerbread, where the operating system was accented with two contrasting colors – neon orange and green – and an uninspired interface. Dare we think back to FroYo and beyond, where the notification shade was an odd shade of light gray (slightly 0ff-white) and the app drawer was literally a drawer that had to be opened by a upward finger swipe.

Matias Duarte, Google’s Director of Android User Experience, has worked his magic with Android. Since he joined the ranks, the interface has experienced a major overhaul. What you now see in Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean is a far cry from Android of years past. But up-and-coming platforms – such as Ubuntu Phone OS, BlackBerry 10 and Jolla’s Sailfish OS – implement the gesture navigation Android is lacking. Fortunately, there are some applications that can give you that sweet, sweet gesture control … and much more in the Play Store. Check out the video below to see for yourself.

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About The Author
Taylor Martin
Based out of Charlotte, NC, Taylor Martin started writing about technology in 2009 while working in wireless retail. He has used BlackBerry off and on for over seven years, Android for nearly four years, iOS for three years, and has experimented with both webOS and Windows Phone. Taylor has reviewed countless smartphones and tablets, and doesn't go anywhere without a couple gadgets in his pockets or "nerd bag." In his free time, Taylor enjoys playing disc golf with friends, rock climbing, and playing video games. He also enjoys the occasional hockey game, and would do unspeakable things for some salmon nigiri. For more on Taylor Martin, checkout his Pocketnow Insider edition.| Google+