Holo is a pretty important Android buzzword these days: It refers to the flat and modern visual style Google introduced with Android 4.0, Ice Scream Sandwich. If you look at all of Google's own apps -- Gmail, Maps, YouTube etc. -- you will instantly see what Holo's all about.
But of course, Google is not the only one creating Holo apps: Developers are racing to offer their apps using this elegant new aesthetic, and Playboard's curators have been busy compiling channels of some of the best holo apps around. Let's check out three of the best Holo channels around:
Who doesn't like free stuff? Ninjosh's channel stresses useful Holo apps, while also making sure the vast majority of them are free. At the time of this writing, only two of the channel's 14 apps are paid. Alongside established apps like DigiCal, you can also find recent newcomers such as Notable, about which Ninjosh says:
This is one of my favorite apps. Its a simple "cardy" notepad that syncs with Dropbox. It's brand new, and the developer is updating it frequently.
A short and sweet channel, Free Holo Delight only takes a few moments to read through, but you may well find a useful gem or two there.
Where Ninjosh's channel features just 14 apps, Ustav Gupta's HOLO UI channel pulls out all the stops and features not less than 250 apps (!), 99% of which personally reviewed by Ustav. The channel includes apps like WhatStat for WhatsApp, as well as flat and minimal games such as Hex. Ustav's reviews are generally short and clear -- here's what he had to say about Hex:
Hex is a simple game where two players race to connect their sides of the board. The winner is the first to build a solid path connecting their two sides.
Moving on from one Holo game, why not look at a whole channel full of them? Holo Games Roundup comes to us directly from the Holo Android Apps Google+ community, and features 13 excellent games, such as Snake. Payback. ("Snake in 2013") and even some gaming utilities like Craft O for Minecraft.
Holo-styled apps are here to stay, or so it seems. In a couple of years it may seem quaint to have a channel just about Holo apps, simply because all apps would look like that. Until that happens, the channels above point the way to a less-cluttered smartphone experience. Check them out, and enjoy!