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Google is a strange master when it comes to user interface design. Though their apps can generally be relied upon to use Holo standards at the very least, some development teams seem to let the latest trends pass them by for months or years (I'm looking at you, Voice). In any case, the official Google Fiber app has a much-needed update waiting for those lucky few who will get to use it.

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The app's interface has been spruced up just about everywhere, but the TV schedule and DVR player are where you'll see the most changes. The much-lauded "hamburger navigation menu" hides some of the more gaudy control functions on most of the app's screens. You'll also note that the specific TV/set top box that the app is controlling is now in a more standard drop-down menu. Not that I live in a Google Fiber area, but I'd think that there's got to be a more intuitive way of switching between TVs.

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New on the left, old on the right.

The changelog mentions that there is new remote control functionality and the Now Playing screen has been revised, but without a setup to test it on, we're going to have to take their word for it. Last and probably least is the requisite bug fixes and performance improvements. Enjoy your new app and incredibly cheap high-speed Internet.

What's New:
  • Easier-to-use DVR
  • New remote control behavior and Now Playing screen
  • Improved user interface for smaller screen sizes
  • Performance improvements
  • Bug fixes

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.
  • MJ

    Should Android Police be posting articles on a service only available in like one or two cities? Are you just trying to make your readers feel bad they are stuck with Comcast, Time Warner, or Verizon?

    • Nasko Hristov

      Asks us how we feel in contries in which technology is an offensive word.

    • RitishOemraw

      As if the US-only stuff wasn't enough. What's next US people complaining about limited US availablility? O_o

      • Ignacio armijo

        how about limited neighborhood availability? Live in Kansas City and I miss being inside a fiberhood by 2 measly blocks, so close yet so far story of my life....

        • RitishOemraw

          You merely adopted being far. I was raised in it and didn't get close till never happened!

          :P

    • Brian Koppe

      Android Police has Android news. This is an Android app. People need to quit complaining.

    • http://GPlus.to/Abhisshack Abhisshack

      Yes they should . case closed

  • Homework Jones

    Well I happen to live in a Fiberhood and the update was definitely needed. Improved basically the whole app experience. From the touch response to the welcomed controls change. The DVR function is vastly improved in design and feel. The app loads faster now also.

    • ProvoAggie

      Somewhat off topic but what are your overall impressions of Google Fiber. My neighborhood is getting it in January and I was wondering how reliable you've found the service? Is the internet really as fast as they say and how is the TV and DVR service compared to anything else you've used?

      • Homework Jones

        My tv service froze up on me 1 time for about 10 sec. I've had it for 45 days now.very pleased with it. The dvr service is great... the dvr library reminds me of Google drive... it stores each show in its own parent folder and when you click on it, all the episodes of that show are listed with details in order... the internet is as fast as it says... but a lot of people are confused about the speeds... the Wi-Fi does not move at 1 gig... I've gotten up to 50 mb/ps straight from the network box Wi-Fi... granted I am not sure if the Wi-Fi card in my comp can go any faster... 1gb speeds come from the Ethernet cable being hooked to your computer.. more confusion is that your comp has to have an Ethernet port capable of doing 1gb my laptop only does 100mb cause it's like 7 yrs old... my friend got his up to 500mb due to the fact his port maxed out at 500mb.. most comp even newer ones don't come with a gig Ethernet port... but the service will do the full gig if your comp is compatible... the cable box has built in Netflix and Vudu, along with a weather app that displays the temp when turning the channel our pressing info... you can store files on the network box via your computer and the will be accessible via your cable box on your tv... pics, movies, music,etc... I will say that the network box where Wi-Fi comes from is a lil weak going through walls... each cable box is a hotspot tho... but if you only have 1I strongly suggest the middle of your house is the best place to get the Jack installed unless you wanna run wires all over the place from a corner Jack.. I can show you better than I can explain that though

        • ProvoAggie

          Awesome. Comcast recently upgraded my service to where I'm getting 250MB (i've had speed tests up to 280) but it goes down 2 or 3 times a week and while their new X1 DVR is an improvement in ease of use over their old box, it seems unstable as well.

  • niknetniko

    Google Voice? Ever heard of the thing called Google Finance? It has an app...

  • master94

    Why can't I have Google Fiber. Die TWC

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