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One of the most popular fitness apps on Google Play has long been MyFitnessPal. This was true in spite of how it looked – the app's UI was absolutely awful, and performance left a lot to be desired. But no more. MyFitnessPal has gotten a new Holo interface in the most recent update.

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The developers of MyFitnessPal completely redesigned the app. Performance is considerably better, and you could legitimately call the design Holo (#YOLO). The way tabs behave isn't quite within the guidelines, but the overall vibe is much closer to the way Android is supposed to look in this day and age. Here's the full changelog:

  • Improved navigation
  • More consistent user experience
  • Cleaner screen structure
  • French, German, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese language support
  • Expanded unit support for weight, height, distances logged, and energy consumed and burned.

All that other stuff is nice, but the new UI is the headlining feature here. Take a look at the old busted interface in the screenshots below. Yikes. Full PR is at the bottom.

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SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MyFitnessPal, the leading free resource helping people achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle, today announced that its applications for iPhone and Android have been localized internationally, with initial offerings in French, German, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese. By expanding the existing database of food items and adding sought after services like global metrics, the new offering will create a more robust health and fitness tool for global audiences.

“The addition of localized metrics and food categories will enable these members to more accurately track their diet and exercise all while taking full advantage of the app’s wide range of health benefits.”
“MyFitnessPal is already enjoyed by members around the world, and now, by localizing the content, we’re able to provide a much more robust service to members based outside of the US,” said Albert Lee, co-founder of MyFitnessPal. “The addition of localized metrics and food categories will enable these members to more accurately track their diet and exercise all while taking full advantage of the app’s wide range of health benefits.”

New features available in the localized apps include:

  • International Language Support – The app and website are now available in French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese (Brazilian).
  • Complete Support for Units of Measure – Members can now take advantage of local units of measure including weight, height, distances logged, and units of energy.
  • Expanded International Public Food Database – MyFitnessPal’s existing database of local food items continues to grow, allowing members to easily
  • track all major nutrients including calories, fat, protein, carbs, sugar, fiber, cholesterol and more.
  • Community and Forum Support – MyFitnessPal also offers localized Message Boards and Groups to help members in Europe and South America get the most out of our service.
Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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

    So glad to finally see MFP fix my #1 gripe with it - the UI almost turned me off the app altogether when I first installed it. Opening it up made me think back to Froyo days every time. It looks so much better now.

    I'm glad Ryan used my title suggestion, though I like mine just slightly better " MyFitnessPal goes from terribly ugly to HOLOYOLO in one swift update v2.7."

    • Abhi Kurve

      It looks much cleaner now ..but they should use that New navigation drawer instead of that Back button.

    • Melissa Peterson

      The old UI is pretty much the same one used in the iOS version. I kept hoping they would change it for Android and my boyfriend kept telling me why should they brother making a different UI for Android. Now I can tell him they finally changed that piece of crap interface to something much more usable. I wish more app developers would do this and give their app a proper UI for Android.

      • Matthew Fry

        Maybe some time in the future, Android style guidelines will supercede iOS and then your boyfriend can try and not be annoyed by the iOS app looking like Android!

  • Christian Morales

    This is great, ive been using MFP a lot, it helps me have a better idea of the calories I need.

  • Zhelyazko Atanasov

    It is still ugly though. And they don't use the new navigation drawer. They made it holo but didn't do it nice

    • leenephi

      Isn't that what the third screenshot shows?

      • Zhelyazko Atanasov

        It is A navigation drawer. What I meant is that they've decided to use this pattern, but they didn't use the newly released library from Google. Instead, they are using some third party one, which does not comply with the guidelines - it is hard to discover and it is not bellow the actionbar. The actionbar should not move.

        And overall I don't like the design - it is a lot more better than the old one, but it is not that good. Why would you need section headers with the first letter of your friends when you could have a quick scroll? And this section header is so ugly. Some buttons have awful iOS6 style gradients. My opinion is that they gave the task to an iOS designer and he did his best.

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

          The update likely took them several months to complete. The new slide-out navigation pattern was only released recently. These things take time, especially in larger companies with lots of test procedures and planning.

          • Matthew Fry

            My thoughts exactly. This looks like it was developed during that space between when navigation drawers of different varieties were appearing in google apps and when they decided on a unified one. I'm sure they're just as annoyed that Google waited till after they'd implemented theirs to release an API for it.

        • Ike

          There's a little bit of confusion amogst the new "hamburger" drawer.

          The new slide-out menu is just ONE recommended way of doing it, the other method, like in YouTube, is still perfectly acceptable. The only difference is:

          - Edge swipe anywhere to open menu (I haven't tried the app, it might be present)

          - "Hamburger" icon/animation

          - Drawer slides out on top of content

  • http://dooid.com/danielnadeau Daniel Nadeau
    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Yes, yes it does.

      • http://dooid.com/danielnadeau Daniel Nadeau

        (Kinda, by extension) OP delivers.