With Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google has ushered in a brand new design language that it calls Material Design, which is a complete rehaul of the design language in Android. Material Design effectively makes things flatter and more colourful, introducing new animations and new ways to access information, such as making the Floating Action Button the default in apps.
As we get closer to the final reveal of Android 5.0 Lollipop, more and more apps are being updated with this new design language in tow, including several of Google’s own apps, such as Google Play Music which was updated with a new look just days ago. GO SMS is joining this list of apps with update 6.0, which brings a fresh new look for the app.
Just like Google, the developer behind GO SMS has updated their app to look a lot flatter and more colourful. The app now features a design that is more in line with something like Textra SMS, which was updated with a Material Design inspired look weeks ago, with colours taking over the app and just a general more cleaner look.
The app also differentiates itself from other SMS apps by including something it calls Pop-Up, which essentially allows the user to reply to messages without leaving the app they’re in by simply popping up a reply-to over the app they’re using. It also has a theme store, much like SwiftKey, where users can buy themes that suit them if they don’t like the default that comes with the app.
Though Material Design is definitely here to stay, there have been some people who have complained that the trend makes apps simpler to use by sacrificing functionality. Whether that has happened to GO SMS, I can’t say, but for those of you that aren’t sold on the whole Material Design, now’s the time to take the fall as GO SMS is free over this weekend. To activate your Pro account, simply download the app from the Google Play Store, head over to Settings, About, Enter Activation and use the code ‘appsales’ to activate the pro version of the app.