Google opens 2017 Material Design Awards to Android, iOS, & web, accepting self-nominations

In addition to opening sign-ups for the Indie Games Festival today, Google is now taking nominations for the 2017 Material Design Awards. A more open selection process this year will look at Material experiences on both iOS and the web. Of note, Google is only taking self-nominations for their third annual award that recognizes “best-in-class […]

Google just published the Material Design Awards for 2016, here are the winning Android apps

Ever since the introduction of Material Design way back at 2014’s I/O, Google has put a lot more emphasis on design than ever before. “Google Design” itself became a thing, and among the initiatives promoted by the company to bolster its overhauled aesthetic sense, there are proper MD “Awards”, whose 2016 winners have just been announced

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Do you prefer the design of the Galaxy S8 or the LG G6? [Poll]

We are less than a month out from the announcement of the Galaxy S8 but that hasn’t stopped images of the device from leaking. Over the last 24 hours, we’ve seen a leaked promotional picture as well as hands-on images showing off the sides of the handset. Based on everything we’ve seen, do you think the Galaxy S8 looks better than the LG G6?

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Acer’s new Chromebook 11 offers 13 hours of battery life and an ultra-rugged design for $280

Earlier in the year, we reviewed Acer’s Chromebook 11 C731 – a solid offering for around 0 that our Hayato Huseman said “makes a great budget laptop” for those looking for an inexpensive computer for note-taking, web-browsing, etc. Acer just announced an updated version of this with the C771, and like the C731 before it, this latest model is focused directly at customers in the education and commercial spaces.

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Google Play Newsstand gets a major revamp w/ Material Design & personalized ‘For You’ section

Google Play Newsstand has just received a major revamp that adopts Material Design’s latest guidelines and is focussed on delivering personalized reading recommendations. Version 4.0 swithces to a bottom navigation bar and has a new personalized “For you” seciton as the main feed.

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Montblanc’s Summit smartwatch pairs luxurious design with Google Assistant, water resistance and more

It seems that recently, practically every company is throwing its hat into the smartwatch ring, from traditional watch companies like Casio and Tag Heuer, to Verizon and ZTE. Montblanc’s recently unveiled Summit features a more luxurious design than your typical smartwatch.

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Nest is reportedly working on a 4K camera w/ new design, smart zoom features

Nest, an Alphabet-owned company, is known for its high-tech smart home devices — like its thermostat and smoke detector. In particular its descendants-of-Dropcam home WiFi security cameras have been popular for the last couple years, thanks to being extremely user-friendly. Now, Nest is reportedly prepping to release a 4K indoor security camera to add a new option to the top of the lineup…

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