eBay is still the go-to place for people to buy and sell their new and used stuff, (the service even now supports Samsung Pay in Korea) and the mobile experience on Android through the official eBay application has been improved quite a bit over the years. In an announcement today, eBay has stated that they are beginning to roll out an update to both their Android and iOS mobile apps, with the Android update hitting devices starting from today. Those who currently use eBay’s official Android app will likely notice that the UI color scheme is mostly white and carries its own unique take on design, but that changes today with the UI refresh.
After updating the mobile app, Android users will notice much more of material design inspired user interface, with a more colorful hamburger menu that slides out from the left as well as a matching blue header on the main page of the app. The search bar looks more material design inspired too as it visually appears more like the Google search bar, and users will also notice the Floating Action Button at the bottom right of the screen for posting a new auction listing.
While UI changes to make the design of the app appear more in line with Google’s material design guidelines, a UI refresh is only part of the update. eBay’s main goal was to make navigation within the app much easier so users are able to find what it is they’re looking for with less effort. As part of this easier navigation, the update will include a new navigation drawer, which is essentially the hamburger menu that we mentioned earlier, and they have optimized the look across both smartphone and tablet screens so things don’t appear different when browsing or using the app on different device types. In addition to the UI changes and splashes of color, as well as the new hamburger menu, eBay is introducing better performance with the app by making it faster overall. It’s also worth noting that the use of Material Design certainly helps to make the process of navigation a faster process than before. There are also a few speed fixes that have been implemented as well. The update on Android devices begins today although not all users will see the update roll in immediately.