Holo first saw light in Android 3.0 for tablets and has since found popularity in Android 4.0 and above with Ice Cream Sandwich and Jellybean. No doubt the best looking aspect of stock apps, it was only a matter of time before the design principles started to make their way into third-party apps.
In this roundup, we’re going to take a look at some of our favourite Holo apps that you can install to give your phone the design unity it deserves!
Weather Flow is a beautiful weather forecasting app that utilises the Holo design principles to create an amazing display of app design.
Armed with all the meteorological data you could need tied into a gorgeous design, Weather Flow is one of the best weather apps available for Android and a great example of just how far Android apps have came.
You’re likely already familiar with Dropbox, the cloud-based storage service that allows users to store files in the cloud, syncing them with a number of local apps or accessing through your browser. On Android, the official Dropbox app comes in a form that evidences some of the aforementioned design themes.
Another app that you’re likely already familiar with is Foursquare, the location-based social network that offers users the chance to check-in to locations, share that activity with friends and maybe grab a deal or two when the venue offers it.
Foursquare on Android looks fantastic, exactly how a good social networking app should.
Trackthisforme is for tracking just about anything: sleep hours, weight or mugs of coffee, to name the few that the app’s description quotes.
A very visual app that uses graphs to portray your tracked data, Trackthisforme subscribes to the Holo design principles in every way you could imagine, to present a very pleasant and appealing experience.
Timer is a beautiful, minimalist timer for Android that looks stunning decked out in Holo’s now seemingly iconic aesthetics. You can run Timer in its default, and more traditional, blue/grey design or, in version 1.1, a sleek black/red colour scheme.
Price: $0.99 Requires: Android 2.1 or above Google Play Link:Timer Developer:Opoloo
It was inevitable we’d have to look at some sort of Facebook app on this list and Flipster is just that application.
Flipster for Facebook (available in a Pro version for a fee) is a lightweight client for the social network that, in a number of different, user-choosable colour schemes, offers a Holo perspective on the activity going on in your timeline.
NoNonsense Notes is a minimalist notepad and to-do app for both your ICS or higher Android phone and tablet.
Much as Holo keeps the app in line with the rest of Android in terms of design, NoNonsense Notes will sync with Google’s services to keep all your notes and tasks up to date across instances of the application.
Battery Widget? Reborn — available as a time-limited BETA right now — is a great app for keeping a tab on the state of your device’s battery, including its vital signs such as a remaining time, percentage remaining and temperature. You can also use the app to toggle power-consuming settings such as Bluetooth and location tracking and view your battery history as a graph.
The app ships with a widget for your phone’s homescreen too, which doesn’t stray far from Holo itself.
Icy Time is another Holo clock app, offering stopwatch and timer functions to allow users to record times in the nicest possible way. Icy Time consists of just one or two buttons (depending on whether you’re using it as a stopwatch or timer) and couldn’t be less complex.
Reddit users, this one’s for you! Reddit ET is a sleek client for everyone’s favourite link-sharing website, “designed to enhance your Reddit experience”, that uses Holo as its primary interface inspiration.
Reddit ET is also available in a Pro flavour that removes ads from this, the free edition.
RedLaser allows users to scan barcodes in order to search thousands of online and local retailers to snatch the best deal. Finding more ways to save, RedLaser also incorporates deals and coupons from hundreds of US-based stores making it immensly easy to pay as low as possible.
RedLaser also allows users to find related products, whether they be alternatives or accessories for the original.
What about browsers? ICS Browser + is a web browser designed for Ice Cream Sandwich that spins the stock bowser with some additional features such as setting the User Agent for your session, creating “quick controls” and automatic text reflow when pinching-to-zoom.
Price: Free Requires: Android 4.0 (Jellybean unsupported) Google Play Link:ICS Browser + Developer:Beansoft
We’ve already covered a Facebook client in this roundup, so now it’s time to take a look at Twitter. Tweedle for Twitter is an ad-less, Holo-designed Twitter client for Android “built out of the need for a better, cleaner and faster Twitter”.
It’s still young, but a definite contender for those wanting a Holo spin in their social networking.
As the name suggests, Calculations 4.0 is a calculator for Android, presented in a uniform design reminiscent of the Holo principles you’ve come to expect.
However, the app also includes four additional tools: a currency converter for up to 10 available currencies, a measurement converter for a variety of units, a mortgage calculator and a tipping calculator to work out well-deserved tips.
Holo Lamp is a simple torch/flashlight app for Android that uses the flash on your handset to light up your surroundings or burst in a pulsing strobe mode, all inside an interface that fits the Holo theme of recent Android releases.
The app ships with a widget for your homescreen that can be used to quickly turn on the flash.
Sleep Time is a “next generation” alarm clock that uses the accelerometer on your Android handset to detect movements during the night, determine your phase of sleep and turn on the alarm only at the right time for optimum rest.
Finally, we have a classic game remake for the Holo fans. Snake is an iconic arcade game that found a significant audience when pre-installed on Nokia handsets (ironically, a handset maker that now opts for Windows Phone).
Snake (Holo Modern) redesigns the classic game to fit in with Holo’s design principles and is a must have!
That was a selection of our favourite Holo apps for Android. There are hundreds, if not thousands, more that abide by Google’s design language rules, so if you’ve got a favourite that we didn’t mention, be sure to share it in the comments!