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Imgur has become one of the standard Internet destinations for quick and dirty photo sharing, but its official Android app leaves a lot to be desired - though to be fair, it's still in beta. The latest update adds a much-needed Holo interface... sort of. The UI has definitely been improved over previous versions, and according to the changelog, it's Holo. While it's clear that the designers were trying for a more standardized app, the guidelines have been followed in some places and not others. It could be called "I Can't Believe It's Not Holo."

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The biggest change is the new side menu, which is activated with a logo tap (like some of the newer versions of Google apps) but won't show up with a simple side-swipe. This action is slow and a little jumpy - not broken, but certainly not as nice as we'd like to see. Ditto for the infinite scroll in the main view; it works, just not nearly as smoothly as the same action in, say, Google+. The top corner button works like it should, and goes one navigation level up or opens the side menu on the main gallery page. It's just too bad that Android's own Back button seems to be broken in at least some places.

The look and feel of the app is flattened, with a few new icons, so you could say that it's at least more Holo in that regard. But with the slow speed and general lag throughout the app, I still prefer using the web interface, even on a phone. Keep up the improvements, fellas.

Latest changes 0.1.11:
* Holo design!
* Swipe speed improvements
* Save image to phone improved

Update: Imgur has adjusted the changelog. "Holo design!" now reads "Updated header design".

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    holo my ass lol

    • Nevi_me

      HOLOYOLO all day everyday. iOS even has some holo, albeit with rounded corners. So they be saing ROLOYOLO ...

      Just being an idiot lol. The app seems decent, but dunno why they're 'half-implimenting' stuff

  • Floris

    I really disgust apps that imitate a certain style, but it feels nothing like that, in a bad way. The Facebook app has this problem as well, as they incorperated some holo menu items, but things like the side memu feel out of place.

  • bimsebasse

    Does it really matter? Besides the beta bugs (random crashes a-plenty) I think they did a good job with the interface, and unless I'm a genius the UI has no learning curve.

    • http://www.tylerwatt12.com/ Tyler Watthanaphand

      I would have to agree with you on that.

    • PopeTackler

      Does it really matter? YES. We have standards for a reason.

      IMGur Gallery is a much better IMGur app. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.duiker101.imgurbrowser

      • bimsebasse

        ... to give anal retention sufferers something to do on the internet. Try to argue your point instead of running mindlessly with an OCD knee-jerk.

        The app has a trade-off: the easiest method of browsing posts is swiping horizontally (vertical swiping scrolls the comment section), this means that instead of the unnecessary side panel reveal method duplication (tap icon or left edge swipe), the imgur app uses only an icon. It's a trade-off well worth it in my experience using the app.

        • PopeTackler

          You're a fool if you think standards are only there to give people on the internet something to complain about.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Of course it matters - the current app is slow and ugly, and the new design seems half-baked and neither here nor there. We say this because we love imgur and want their app to be awesome too, which it's not.

      And menu slide-out has nothing to do with swipe gestures for pictures - they are distinctly different and can both be supported simultaneously.

  • SlenderSniper

    Issues aside, it is certainly much better than what it was.

  • Scott Warner

    Its phonegap, what do you expect?

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Ha, they updated the changelog and swapped out "Holo" for "header."

  • Eric Mixon

    It still needs a banana for scale