The Brothers Klinker, Luke and Jacob, are always seemingly innovating with their apps and services, from Talon, their gorgeous Twitter client to Blur, their launcher which plugs into their other apps for a Google Now Launcher-esque experience. One thing runs across all of their apps though. That uniting feature is a clean, beautiful interface and app experience. The same goes for their latest out-in-beta app, called Source.
Now, before you write this off as just another new aggregator app, which is what it does, listen. The app is fresh into beta, with at time of publishing, sits at version 0.9.1, so it’s close to a ‘real release’ but still is in limited beta through a Google+ group at the moment. Currently, the app only works with aggregating your Twitter things and the various bits of stuff from the pre-listed sections. The sections you can have it pull in are Android, Architecture, Design, Food, Gaming, Graphic Design, Humor, Music, People, Photography, Science, Sports, Technology, and World News. The nice thing about Source is that the settings menu tells you what to expect, sort of. The settings menu has the option to log into Twitter and to choose from any (or none if you so choose) of the pre-listed sections from above, but it also has ‘Coming Soon…” written lightly under the option to log into Google+, RSS, and Feedly. This means that for those of us that moved to Feedly once Google killed off Currents, its news reader app, a while back can now move to a more Material news aggregator service.
The Twitter sync that works currently only works to sync any lists you have selected to follow or pay attention to (or have your account pay attention to), so it’s sadly not a Blinkfeed-like news service that does news and social media in one stream. But it definitely is an app to pay attention to in the coming weeks and months. But something that I feel not many apps let you do: theme from within it. Klinker’s Source allows for the user to choose from 19 colors for the top and bottom bars, and the choice of having black instead of white interfaces, and the Kit Kat-based transparency of the top notification bar (the navigation bar currently stays opaque regardless of option choices). It will be interesting to see how the app develops through beta to the full stable releases that will come soon after. If you are part of the beta, how do you like Source? If you haven’t signed up to be a beta tester, will you, knowing what you do now? Let us know down below.