Feb 3rd, 2014

Google has done a great job getting developers to adopt new design guidelines without a mandate (here’s looking at you, Apple), but not every developer has been able to adapt as quickly. It’s not easy for a user to go from a collection of great Holo or Holo-esque apps, and then revert back to the pre-4.0 days for the odd app that decides to stay stuck in that past.

holofication nation

For those apps, Holofication Nation aims to rectify all of that. Holofication Nation is a community consisting of (as of the time of this writing) over 750 members, and their mission is to transform some of the community’s favorite apps with legacy design into something that looks like it was crafted in in the past couple of years.

The project is quite small right now, with the team only having about 4 apps on tap. That said, the team says their most important goal beside upgrading visual flair is to make sure there are no damning bugs sprawling about. That extra care means extra time must be taken on each app, so things are slow going for the time being. Here’s the quick list of early apps:

  • Instagram
  • Steam
  • Snapchat
  • Grooveshark

And much of that was thanks to the work of just two people so far (Connor Kirkby and Brandon D’Souza). We imagine the large Google+ community is also to thank, as they make suggestions and provide feedback to help shape the direction of the Holofication Nation. The team is looking to take things a step further by courting a developer to make an official app to highlight these Holo-fied apps, though they stress that the position is unpaid.

Note that you have to uninstall previous versions of apps before installing these new apps, but that’s the only requirement — no root, no mods, no nothing. Head to the XDA thread here for the current downloads, and be sure to request to join the community on Google+ right here.

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