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YouTube's latest user interface update isn't the one you were hoping for

YouTube's latest user interface update isn't the one you were hoping for

YouTube is a bit of a weird outlier when it comes to Android app design. While there are some interface inconsistencies among all Google apps, YouTube has long stood out as the app with a much shorter app header, a dated gray status bar, and more diversions from the norm. While its header retains its height for now, YouTube has at least finally added a seamless white status bar to its light theme.

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Material You styling is en route to Google Maps

Material You styling is en route to Google Maps

Pastel color schemes that adapt to your taste and buttons with low-radius corners are the hallmarks of the Material You design scheme for Android and it's been taking over Google's apps one by one. We're now seeing a drip and a drop of its essence coming down to Maps.

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Gboard beta is now more Material You than ever before

Gboard beta is now more Material You than ever before

As we get closer to the official launch of Android 12, Google is updating more of its apps to support all of its new Material You themes. Gboard was one of the first to receive a makeover, with its fresh color scheme now available to anyone running the latest Android beta. However, it seems like the look isn't quite complete yet, as new Material You elements are on the way in an upcoming release.

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Google Calendar is early for its Material You appointment

Google Calendar is early for its Material You appointment

At this point, anyone running Android 12's beta on their phone has been flooded with Material You. As we're approaching a stable launch for Google's next major OS update, all of its apps are getting splashes of color, alongside some more extensive redesigns for certain services. Calendar's update was scheduled to arrive on Monday, but as with any good planner, it's arrived early to the party.

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Signal beta gets some neat design tweaks and opens up payments to more users

Signal beta gets some neat design tweaks and opens up payments to more users

The latest beta version of the Signal Android app brings a few incremental design changes as well as an expansion to the privacy-focused payments it introduced back in April. MobileCoin transactions were only available to beta testers in the UK before, but they're now being rolled out to three more countries.

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Material You is arriving to fancy up Google Calendar, Drive, and Meet real soon

Material You is arriving to fancy up Google Calendar, Drive, and Meet real soon

Pixel owners who've hopped on the Android 12 beta, be aware: the Material You look, with its short-radius curvy shapes, invasion of the Google Sans typeface, and complementary colorsets in muted pastels, is coming to a load of Google Workspace apps in the next several weeks.

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That sleek new Google Messages for Wear OS UI is now rolling out

That sleek new Google Messages for Wear OS UI is now rolling out

Google has been steadily updating its wearable apps with new designs and features for Wear OS 3, but in some cases, older watches can benefit from the updated apps as well. That's what's happening with Google Messages this week, as a brand-new version of the app is rolling out for Android smartwatches new and old.

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Google Messages is getting a streamlined new attachments UI

Google Messages is getting a streamlined new attachments UI

Google has been experimenting with various different approaches for attachments, emoji, gifs, and stickers in its SMS app in recent months. The latest incarnation is now being spotted in the beta version of Messages, replacing the blocky UI with more colorful and simplistic circular buttons.

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YouTube's line art icons make the jump to your TV, complete with a new resolution button

YouTube's line art icons make the jump to your TV, complete with a new resolution button

I don't know about our readers, but I spend a surprising amount of time watching YouTube on my television and not on my phone. With video length often pushing well past 30 minutes, throwing it up on the big screen like a TV show just feels right. It's taken a while, but that all-new line art look we've seen come to Android, the web, and even YouTube Music is finally coming to the TV interface — along with a better resolution indicator.

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Chrome is getting a fresh Material makeover for its system pages

Chrome is getting a fresh Material makeover for its system pages

It's been a few years now since Google gave Chrome one of its biggest makeovers to date — a perfect treat (for most) to celebrate the browser's first decade. Its Material makeover ditched the trapezoidal shapes and drab gray for a modern, rounded look that's more in line with Google's updated design system. However, the lack of theming in Chrome's system pages (settings and bookmarks, for example) is a testament to the absence of consistency in Google's implementation of Material Design. But with an upcoming change, it seems like the company finally wants to apply its attractive design language to Chrome in a consistent manner.

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