Google has updated its Drive app for iOS. The update brings the same card-style UI that was recently added to the Android app. It also adds buttons on the details pane to move the file to another folder and get a link to the file.
Google has redesigned its Google Play website to better match its apps. There are now colour-coded navigation tabs on the left, a new card design for apps and a better preview page.
It is also now possible to add items to a wishlist from the website instead of needing to use an app. Check out the new design on the Google Play website here.
After recently redesigning its Android app to more closely match the design of its Windows 8 app, some users reported it was harder to sign out. To address this, Microsoft has updated its Skype app for Android so users can log out from any home screen instead of only the profile screen.
The update also fixes some bugs including one that may prevent the user from making calls and changing their status to online. Using an Android device? Download the update on Google Play here.
Automattic has automatically updated WordPress.com websites with a new responsive dashboard design that uses the Open Sans typeface and colours with better contrast.
The top bar and menu have a black background with white text and a blue highlight, more spacing and a larger font size. All the icons have been redesigned and notifications are displayed with an orange background.
This new design is currently only available on websites hosted on WordPress.com. There is no news on when it will become available for self-hosted blogs. Learn more about the redesign on the WordPress.com blog here.
Hulu has redesigned its Hulu Plus app for iOS. The app has a new gesture-based UI that allows the user to swipe left and right to browse collections or seasons. The user can also pinch to minimise the currently playing video and continue browsing the app.
It is also possible to tap on an unfamiliar show, movie or episode to display a discover panel. For shows, the first, next or latest episode will be displayed depending on viewing history. Tapping on an episode displays a summary and some information about the episode.
The update also adds editorial curated collections, inline playback of clips and improved search by hitting the Enter key after searching. Learn more on the Hulu blog here. Using an iOS device? Download the app from the iTunes store here.
Snapchat has released v5.0 “Banquo” of its iOS app. The new version has been redesigned with swipe navigation and in-app profiles. Users can choose a friends from their address book to send them a snap and double tap to reply. There are also bug fixes and performance improvements.
Using an iOS device? Download the update from the iTunes store here.
Pinterest has partnered with food publications such as 101 Cookbooks and movie databases such as Netflix to add pricing and availability information to pinned recipes and ratings and cast to pinned movies.
To add this information to photos, Pinterest users must opt in to the recent redesign if they haven’t already done so.
Yahoo has redesigned Flickr with a modern design and is giving each user 1TB of free storage so they can upload their photos in full resolution without having to worry about running out of space. Users can pay $499.99 a year for an additional 1TB of storage. They can also pay $49.99 a year to hide ads on the website.
After logging in, the user can scroll through their contacts’ newest photos in high resolution with the number of stars and comments in the lower right corner. The right sidebar displays the Groups and Explore categories, a link to the Flickr blog and suggested contacts.
When the user clicks on the Photostream button, they can see a tiled view of their photos. Hovering over a photo displays a semitransparent black bar with the number of comments. Clicking on a photo will display a larger view of the photo with comments at the bottom.
The Flickr app for Android has also been redesigned. The user will see rows of recommended images and can swipe vertically to view more rows or swipe horizontally to explore more photos in a row.
A hidden sidebar on the left side can be used to access contacts, groups and comments activity and there are search and settings options as well. There is a button in the top-right corner that launches the camera app to take a photo and apply one of Flickr’s built-in filters.
Using an Android device? Download the updated Flickr app here.
Google has redesigned Google+ and announced that Google+ Games will shut down on 30 June 2013. The new design has columns of tiles that are similar to the ones on Pinterest. Each tile may display a text and a link, photo or video. The photos and videos are dynamic, so they may spread out over the entire column view.
To compete with Instagram and Twitter, Google+ now has deeper hashtag integration. It automatically suggests hashtags based on the content of the tile, though these suggestions can be deleted. Clicking on a hashtag allows conversations based on that hashtag to be viewed.
The Google+ menu is now hidden by default and is replaced with a submenu bar for the current section. When the mouse moves over the section name in the top-left corner of the bar, the main menu slides in from the left.
On the right side of the bar is a Hangouts button that causes the chat options to slide in from the right side. There is also a new Hangout Party feature at the bottom that allows a user to tell their friends they want to hang out.
The Photos section of Google+ has a new timeline view of all photos, which can now be uploaded at their full resolution. It also has tools to automatically pick out the best photos and create collages, GIFs and panoramas.
Google is rolling out a redesigned marketplace for Android devices running Froyo or higher. The new design has a lighter theme, improved navigation and more space for content.
On the homepage, the navigation tiles are smaller and grouped together so that more content can be seen before scrolling. In each subsection, more categories are displayed across the top for easier browsing.
Google has also streamlined the purchasing process by asking for confirmation in a popup instead of displaying a separate page. The update will roll out over the next few weeks.