Google App for iOS Updated With Material Design, Maps Integration

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Google is in the process of updating all of its apps with its new Material Design interface guidelines, and as of today, the Google app for iOS has been updated with the new look. Material Design, which Google says is based on ink and paper, uses grid-based layouts, responsive animations, and depth effects to create clean, touchable interface elements.

Along with adding new Material Design animations, the Google app has been updated to take advantage of the larger screens on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and it now displays bigger photos in image search.

Google's update includes more than just design changes, as the app has been completely rebuilt. There's a new "Google" button that lets users search with just one tap anywhere in the app, and Google Maps integration has been added, letting users check out interactive maps and Google Street View within the app. A new "recents" button is also designed to let users keep track of the searches they've conducted.

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Introducing the new Google app
Completely rebuilt to bring you the best of Google:
- Recents--see & return to your recently visited pages
- Google button--start a new search with just one tap
- Google Maps--explore interactive maps, nearby places & Street View right inside the app (for iPhone)

New look and feel:
- Beautiful new Material Design animations
- Bigger photos in image search
-Looks great on the new iPhone 6 & 6 Plus

Google can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

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74 months ago
Google has really struck gold with Material Design. Their apps look great and have become more enjoyable to use. That's not easy to do.

I can't wait for Gmail and Google Calendar to be redesigned and released.
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74 months ago

Google has really struck gold with Material Design. Their apps look great and have become more enjoyable to use. That's not easy to do.

I can't wait for Gmail and Google Calendar to be redesigned and released.

The Calendar app can't come soon enough! Using Google Calendar on iOS has been nothing but a massive frustration for me:

* Default iOS Calendar: Does not handle invites and does not allow me set notifications per account. Thanks, Google, for nuking Exchange support. This used to work so well.
* Fantastical: Relies on iOS syncing the calendar, adds two times to every event I create
* Sunrise: Uses a proprietary invite system, caused me quite a few problems
* Calendars by Readdle: Does not appear to handle invites
* Gmail: Allows response to invites but terrible app overall
* Inbox: Great app, currently does not handle calendar invites at all

And to add to all of that:

* iCloud calendars don't handle invites well at all, can't accept updates to events using native apps. Whole pile of cross-platform invite issues here.
* Built in 'Birthdays' calendar neglects anniversaries. Google's Birthday calendar has both but does not have any event notifications set for them.

Head, meet wall.
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74 months ago
Yet still none of their apps supports the standard swipe back gesture that has been around since iOS 7. I passionately hate their apps because of that.
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74 months ago
Serious question. Why would I want this rather than just using Google in Safari?
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74 months ago

So basically material design is let's add drop shadow everywhere.

No, it's let's add subtile drop shadows everywhere. Those things that help with contrast and depth. Visual design 101 that some folks chose to forget about (for a while). :)
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74 months ago
A much better and clean looking design. Especially when looking at the eyesore that is iOS 7 and 8.
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