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Get the best designed apps on the Android platform

Authored by: Kris Carlon — Dec 27, 2013

Creating apps for Android can be a tricky business, and a messy one as well. No sooner have you completed that last line of code and dropped your Android baby into the wilderness to fend for itself than a new range of design standards appear and you have to completely rework your creation to stay current, fashionable and functional. The Android Developer’s Blog has just released their pick of the most well-designed apps for Android.

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Just what goes into making one of the best-designed apps on Android? / © Android Developer's Blog

In the words of the developers, the list is designed to “highlight beautiful apps with masterfully crafted design details such as beautiful presentation of photos, crisp and meaningful layout and typography, and delightful yet intuitive gestures and transitions.” What this means to the Average Joe is that these are the apps that app developers themselves are impressed by, so you know there’s something special going on in these offerings.

The winter list is as follows: Timely (clock app), Circa (news reader), Etsy (craft app), Airbnb (room booking), The Whole Pantry (recipes and guides), Runtastic Heart Rate Pro, Tumblr (photo sharing), Umano (narrated news), Yahoo! Weather, Grand St (design showcase) and Pinterest. The last two appeared on the Android Developer’s Blog summer collection of apps published earlier this year. You can install the best of the best apps available right now below.

Timely Alarm Clock Install on Google Play Circa News Install on Google Play Etsy Install on Google Play Airbnb Install on Google Play The Whole Pantry Install on Google Play Runtastic Heart Rate PRO Install on Google Play Tumblr Install on Google Play Umano: Listen to News Articles Install on Google Play Yahoo Weather Install on Google Play Grand St. Install on Google Play Pinterest Install on Google Play

Are you using these apps? What do you think makes an app beautiful?

Kris Carlon comes to the AndroidPIT Editorial Team via a lengthy period spent traveling and relying on technology to keep him in touch with the outside world. He joined the Android community while resurfacing in civilization back in 2010 and has never looked back, using technology to replace his actual presence in other people's lives ever since. He can usually be found juggling three phones at once and poring over G+ posts, Reddit and RSS feeds.

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