Material Design is hitting Android by storm. It’s bowling people over with its gorgeous transitions and smooth movements. The controls give users more power than ever. It’s still young but plenty of app developers have already begun using Material Design. Here are the best Material Design apps so far! Do note that to see the full Material Design awesomeness, you’ll need to be running Android L. It still looks nice on earlier versions of Android but don’t be sad if you don’t get the full effect!
Locks app after 3 attempts to prevent brute forcing.
Stealth Mode gives peeping Toms a fake vault to look at.
Free with no in app purchases (for now).
Beta means bugs!
A few people have reported that this app destroys data so be cautious!
Our first app is a security app called Andrognito. This app hides files, videos, pictures, etc underneath of a 3-layer encryption that keeps other people from seeing it. It has some really nice security features like a fake vault to fool people into thinking they’ve hacked your stuff. It’s in beta and there are bugs but the interface is gorgeous!
Shared calendar and weather updates (for when you're apart) is a nice touch.
Set the app to lock after you leave it so no one sees what you and your lover talk about.
New updates have introduced some network-based bugs.
May be a little too much extra for some couples who prefer to keep it short and sweet.
This is a secure messaging service for couples. Essentially you could put the entirety of your relationship communications in here and they’ll be hidden from prying eyes. There are also some fun features like photo, voice, and video sharing that are quite nice. It’s Material Design and it’s highly rated!
Material Design makes this app both functional and good looking.
None of the bloaty features that casual users don't want.
Designed to 'just work' specifically for those casual users.
Free to download.
Minimal means it may lack some features of more powerful file browsers but you knew that already.
Beta means bugs!
Some small things like a progress bar while zipping things into a zip file would've been nice.
Cabinet is a minimalist file browser that is available for Android 4.0 and above. In terms of sheer features you won’t find all that much because that’s the definition of minimal. However, the Material Design makes it look fantastic and the little button makes finding things like cut and paste way easier than even some of the more popular and feature-filled file browsers.
All of the Google Chrome goodness most people already know about.
Latest update also has improved Incognito Mode.
Material Design for the win.
Installed on most phones by default so many of you already have this browser even if you don't use it.
Free with no in app purchases.
It can be a little clunky sometimes.
Material Design change has moved some useful features to not-so-useful places.
The venerable Chrome Browser was updated fairly recently to include some Material Design goodness. It still has all the same awesome features it’s always had but it is now wrapped in the latest design standard. There are other browser that claim to have Material Design that really don’t. This one does, try it.
Because someone will get angry if we don't mention this.
As far as social media apps go, this one is pretty fantastic.
Material Design which also lets you navigate the various parts of Google+ more fluidly once you learn your way around.
It's a Google app which means it gets plenty of Google updates.
Getting around the app may be confusing at first for newcomers.
Like all social media apps with hundreds of millions of users, there are some bugs here and there.
If you haven’t signed up for a Google+ account yet, perhaps knowing that its official app was among the first Material Design apps ever will help. Feature for feature it remains above pretty much all of the rest and it likely won’t stop there. It also recently got Chromecast support.
Cloud storage and social media supported (some). Also supports DLNA.
Zoom and rotate lets you control how your stuff is displayed. Pan mode on images is self explanatory.
Free to use to see if it works for you!
Some subtitles aren't supported.
Small bugs here and there. Nothing bad but it keeps the experience from being perfect.
LocalCast allows you to take what’s on your device and put it through your Chromecast to your TV. It supports images, music, videos, and PDFs if you need those things. It also allows you to cast things from cloud storage like Google Drive and social media like Google+. It’s free to try so why not?
Basic calculator is free. Advanced stuff costs $1.50 so you can at least try it out first.
Material Design looks wonderful and allows you to swipe through the app to find the functions you need.
You can change the theme if you want to.
According to reviews, it seems to work well for almost everyone.
It's a young app which means there are bugs.
While it has as many of the Material Design guidelines as possible, it's not 100% Material Design.
Numix Calculator is a basic calculator that has a few advanced functions. Its Material Design allows you to swipe through the various functions and we thought that was pretty neat. There is a free version and a pro version. The pro version comes with theming options if you don’t like the colors. It’s also open source!
Material features help improve navigation and it looks sharp.
Inline video and image viewing helps keep everything streamlined.
Allows access to pretty much all of the important Reddit features and interaction functions.
Free to use (with in app purchases).
Material Design elements aren't all that prevalent on non-Android L devices.
Some of the full screen ads can cause issues.
Reddit News Free has updated their app to include Material Design elements and it has been for the best so far. It’s a highly rated Reddit app with a bunch of features and a lot of happy users. If you’re looking for a modern Reddit experience, this is it!
Also includes a sort of guide, terminology and a bunch of other useful tools for upcoming root users.
Optimized for both phones and tablets.
Some people have had trouble with it but otherwise nothing really.
Root Check is a free app that simply checks to make sure your device has root access. Nothing more, nothing less. It’s totally free with no in app purchases and does what it says it does. Could come in handy, right?
Material Design makes this app look 100% more interesting than it rightfully should.
Boat loads of conversion options.
Free with no in app purchases and no advertisements.
Different themes for different folks.
While it does support a ridiculous amount of everything, there are a few things missing here and there that will likely be added in future updates.
S Converter is a free application that allows you to convert almost anything. It has mathematical stuff, physics stuff, currency, and various other units of measurement. Converting stuff like pounds to grams or something like that is one of those tasks we don’t do often but it’s always a pain to find a place to do it when we have to. This app solves that problem and it looks nice to boot!
Includes all of the basic features like adding files to archives, copy/paste, and external SD card support.
Material Design makes looking at things nice.
Printing support (KitKat only)
Free (with in app purchases).
Some extra features like Dashclock and root support.
Not as 'Material Design' as the other file manager on this list but that's okay.
Many users have noted the very slow copy/paste.
Sliding Explorer is the second file manager on this list. Much like the first, it focuses on design and ease-of-use rather than hardcore features. That means you hardcore file manager users out there are out of luck again, sadly. For casual users, this is a great (and themed) way to browser some files and it’s free!
Boat loads of features. Just a metric ton of them.
Classy, easy-to-use design that is just a joy to use.
Theme engine available for developers if they want them.
Talon Pull feature always listens for Tweets and Mentions.
Widget and Dashclock support.
If you enable all of the live feed features, your battery will hate you.
There have been bugs reported which means there could be problems based on your device.
Talon for Twitter is one of the better Twitter clients out there. It’s had some amazing Material Design updates but unfortunately you can only see a few them without Android L. Even so, it’s a gorgeous Twitter client and worth all $1.99 they’re asking for it.
Multiple themes, plenty of emoticons, GIPHYs, and other fun stuff for texters.
It does what it says it does and really, there is no bigger pro than that.
It doesn't cook you breakfast?
If you use something like Hangouts, you probably won't be replacing it with this.
Textra SMS is a free SMS replacement app that, well, allows you to send text messages. It was updated recently with a much more Material Design and if you want your text messages to have more Material Design then this is the app to do it for you.
Log into a number of services to manage all of your cloud storage.
Great design with muted colors is easy on the eyes.
Easy to use.
Free to try (with in app purchases)
If you have a lot of pictures, thumbnails can take a while to load.
Will find multiples of the same file in the same account, but not cross account.
Unclouded is a free (with IAPs) app that allows you to browse, manage, and control your various cloud storage accounts. Think of it like a file browser for your cloud storage. It has a beautiful design and is really the best way to manage everything at once without logging into several apps to do the same thing.
Ability to sort by color as well as by name and category (e.g. Space or Cars)
Free without in app purchases!
Some users have reported network issues since the app went mainstream.
Last and certainly not least is Wally. Wally is a wallpaper application that’s powered by Wallpaper.cc. It adheres to Material Design about as closely as you can possibly get, contains a ton of wallpapers, and is a must have for Material Design fanatics. It’s free without in app purchases. Does it get any better than that?
Do remember that some of these apps only have Material Design when installed on Android L. If you don’t have it, then most of these will just look normal (such as Talon for Twitter). The number of great Material Design apps is going to grow exponentially over the next year so if there’s a new one out or we missed one that should be here, let us know in the comments!