Everyone (or at least a lot of the people/sites I follow) are talking about Android L’s Material Design. Material Designn is the concept of designing something that looks really cool and provides a unique user experience. In fact, Google said, “do it like this,” using the Google I/O 2014 app as an example. Google posted the app’s source code for developers to look at.

There’s even this video and mock up of the Instagram app in Material Design.

Look for many more developers to start adding Material Design into their apps.

And now the rest of the news:

  • Speaking of Material Design, check out the new look for Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
  • The EU is filing anti-trust charges against Android.
  • The bar exam is done, but student are heading back to school in a few weeks. Chromebooks should be on any student’s tech list. This post give a great review of the Chromebooks available.
  • Google announced that anyone with a Google Apps account can use Hangouts.

  • Here’s more discussion on smartwatches.
  • I like this little device to turn your smartphone into a controller for your DSLR camera.

Incidentally, I’m working on something similar, but my module is on the slow boat from China.

  • If you have a smartwatch, here’s a summary of the best apps.
  • If you’re not convinced Android works for enterprise, check out these 6 features.
  • Futurelawyer talks about using Google Search for litigation.
  • I can’t remember if I mentioned this new Android “exploit” called Fake ID. Most of the issues have already been fixed, but some devices might have lingering effects.
  • Google Chrome developers shared my favorite Chrome hack:
  • Android Central has this post on the best Android apps for Chromecast. It’s “meh,” in my opinion. Check out my post.
  • Google Now will help you find things to do when you’re traveling.
  • And finally, Google+ for Business released this video about getting customer referrals:

Thanks for taking a look at this edition of the weekly news round-up. Have a great week!

Jeff Taylor

I'm just an ordinary guy living an extraordinary life. I'm also an attorney and I blog about Android for lawyers. You can follow me on Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, or Google+.

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