I find that I'm far more inclined to use an app if it's pretty. I can't stand blatant iOS ports for one, but I've also started to basically ignore apps that are stuck in the Gingerbread (and earlier) way of theming. Holo is where it's at, so that's what I want to see.

While the previous New York Times app wasn't exactly stuck in the "old Android" theme, it certainly wasn't ICS-ified, either. Thanks to an update that just hit the Play Store, however, that all changes.

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Nexus 7: New, Galaxy Nexus: old

The new version is very heavily Holo-inspired, and I have to say, it looks pretty great. Gone is the tacky notification-style category list, as it's has been replaced by a nice drop down menu. Not only does it look better, but it's far more intuitive. The menu has also been moved from the bottom to the top where Jelly Bean devices prefer it. The settings screen has also ditched the old-school style for a more sleek and modern look.

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Nexus 7: new, Galaxy Nexus: old

Overall, the redesigned app is not only easier on the eyes, but much more user friendly. If you're a NYT subscriber, you're definitely going to want to grab this one ASAP.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • ari_free

    I want the consistency so that Android is easier to use. That's more important than sticking fake leather trims everywhere.

  • RedPandaAlex

    Design-guidelines-compliant apps make me happy.

  • Chris

    I'm fine with halo but at the end of the day its just an app. I could care less if it has an old UI or a IOS style UI.If the app does what it avertises, then I'm happy. In the end its up to the developers to make the change. Not Google, Not you Cameron Summerson. Its up to the developers

    • Chris

      at least Apple doesnt burry settings and such five menus deep

  • http://www.facebook.com/kevin.niven.1 Kevin Niven

    NY Times is a rag!

  • kristina p

    despite the better UI design overall i've read complaints that the update comes with much more obtrusive ads, particularly in light of the fact that people pay a subscription for content, it seems the ad experience has annoyed some users. i haven't downloaded yet. would be curious if you could post screen grabs of that experience!