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