Holofication Nation remodels famous apps and make them look better and be more practical
They are a XDA community, whose goal is “to do what big companies can’t do, make a decent user interface”
It’s no surprise that not all the apps that the developers have to offer have the best design or are as accessible and practical as others. Google has published an Android Design Guideline as a way to help out the manufacturers in making their apps look and work better. Unfortunately, it seems that a few major developers chose not to follow them, which is why the XDA group Holofication Nation is on the case.
The Holofication Nation is a two man team, whose goal is “to do what big companies can’t do, make a decent user interface”. That includes re-tooling the applications to look more like they belong on Android, giving them additional action bars across the top and bottom and cleaning up color schemes.
They started out on Google+ as a small community, which still continues to grow to this day. According to their official thread, only two weeks ago they had less than 100 members of the community and now they have about 750+ and counting. So far they’ve “holofied” only three apps, but they’re some of the most popular ones out there – Instagram, Steam and Snapchat and GrooveShark.
These apps have been modified to fit the Holo guidelines with a design for a more standard and refined look. If a person wishes to try them out, all they have to do is uninstall the official app first and then download and install the new version.
Holofication Nation has also tried to redefine the Facebook app, but they weren’t able, due to the fact that its user interface is controlled on the server-side of the app. They also state that they will not be modifying any system apps, only downloadable ones.
For more info on the community and for downloads links for the redesigned apps, you can check out their official XDA thread.