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Ask designers what their choice┬ádesktop operating system is, and almost everyone will point you to Apple’s OSX. The ratio has been pretty one-sided when it comes to their mobile platform of choice as well, but things have been changing rapidly of late. Android, which started as the second choice for creatives around the world, has been gaining tremendous popularity over the last few years and that has reflected in the number of quality apps for designers available on the platform.

Whether you are a graphic designer, an architect or interior designer, the choice of apps on the Play Store is big enough to be confusing at times. What follows is my hand-picked list of some of the best Android apps for designers. It includes tools to help you create, manage your work and participate in design communities across the web.

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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!

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Early in 2012, Google released a set of design principles to aid developers in creating apps that complement the Ice Cream Sandwich user interface, also known as ‘Holo’. These guidelines aimed to allow for apps to ‘enchant’ and ‘amaze’ users, and simplify the user experience.

Now, while developers do not have to oblige Google and adhere to this aesthetic, many have embraced it with good results. This roundup highlights a few such applications worthy of your attention. Some you’ll know and probably already use, but there might be a few surprises too.

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We’ve reached a point in the evolution of computing technology where one can’t deny the impact of mobile devices – phones, tablets and everything else to come – in our personal and work lives. For designers, this domain is typically governed by Apple products, be it the Mac desktops and laptops, or the range of iOS devices like iPhones, iPads or even iPod Touches. With the huge surge in adoption of the Android platform though, a lot of designers have also come onboard and are probably wondering how they can use these devices in their work context.

Being a designer myself, I went through that struggle and scoured the Android market to find all the tools I could use and benefit from. And this roundup is a culmination of that search. Let’s take a look then, shall we? (more…)

For most people, customizing a desktop or home screen starts with changing the imagery on it – most notably the wallpaper and icons. And although changing the wallpaper on your Android device is the simplest of tasks, changing icons is not as easy. In fact, you simply can’t do it unless you are using a launcher replacement like ADW Launcher, LauncherPro, Go Launcher Ex or any of the dozens of other options available in the Android Market.

So having already discussed how to change icons on the home screen using any of the three aforementioned launchers, let’s take a look at some of the best icons sets out there for your phone. (more…)

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