Holofication Nation: beautifying Android one app at a time

by: Robert TriggsFebruary 3, 2014

Holofication Nation

It’s been a couple of years since the introduction of Android 4.0 and the swanky looking Holo UI, which polished up the general appearance of our favourite operating system. Since then, Android has certainly benefited from a more unified appearance, but on the flip side, it’s now more frustrating than ever when you encounter an app with a completely out of place design.

Enter Holofication Nation, a couple of designers and 750+ community members who are eager to correct the design mistakes of other app developers and to help unify your phone’s user interface.

The development team is currently very small, consisting of just two guys (Connor Kirkby and Brandon D’Souza), but they’ve already fully converted four apps to Holo. Instagram, Grooveshark, Steam, and Snapchat, have been the first to receive the Holofication treatment, and the developers are taking suggestions for more apps via its Google+ community. The team is also currently looking a developer to build an official app to provide downloads for these Holo-fied apps, although they stress that this is an unpaid position.

Holofication Nation screenshots

If you’d like to test out one of the modified apps, you’ll first need to uninstall the original versions. Fortunately, no rooting or other mods are required to install the Holo version. You can find all the app downloads on the original XDA Forum thread.

Do you think that app developers should do more to conform to Android’s default Holo appearance, or do you prefer a little bit of diversity?

  • Intragram? Please correct the typo

  • the holofied instagram app looks way better than official one. The official one looks like an app for symbian.

    • Arturo Raygoza

      that’s the only one I installed. its freaking awesome. where can I donate a buck? hopefully its easy like thru the play store

  • Mike Newitt

    Diverserty in everything.

  • namesib

    Yuck, look at all that screen space consumed by virtual buttons.

    • Tony Humphrey

      I am user of virtual buttons and physical buttons. I prefer virtual buttons over ones built into the device. It makes navigating through your device effortless. Add immersive mode and they can be hidden quite easily when they are not needed.

    • Pavel Sikun

      There’s always apps like Ultimate Dynamic Navbar or PIE controls to replace soft buttons with overlays. Android is about choice: don’t like something – change it an don’t use it.

  • MasterMuffin

    “is also currently looking a developer to build” looking for? :) They should definitely do FB next!

    • BlaBla

      Facebook is already updating the UI themselves:

      • MasterMuffin

        We need moar holo!

        • sam

          We need moar gusta!

    • Luqmaan Mathee

      Facebook controls the UI from their servers but I’d recommend Klyph. It’s a great app.

  • Connor

    Thanks for writing an article on this!

  • Dr Tashique Alam

    yeah definitely trying the instagram first

  • Tamadrummer94

    I prefer diversity, so long as it’s good. Cal looks different enough from Messenger, and they both look different from Timely. All three look good, this kind of conformity reduces design innovation and encourages chrome/buttons/UI. Maybe that’s why Paper was iPhone only.

  • Melad360

    ew snapchat looks gross

  • Hugo Oskarsson

    I thought this was only concept art, but i can actually download it?!? This is awesome i am so excited!