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[APP]Holo Steam Modification

15th January 2014, 09:27 PM   |  #1  
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The Steam mobile app is definitely due an update, the last update was released in March 2012, but I don't see that changing for a long time.
The current interface for the Steam app is terrible, low quality images all over the show, it's a direct port from the iOS app, and that most certainly
does not follow the Android design guidelines. If Valve won't fix and update the app, who will?
I will.



This App is a modification to the official app from Valve on the Play Store. This mod completely changes the user interface from the ugly interface
that is currently in use, to a more pleasing interface known as "Holo". The visuals of this app follow the Android design guidelines as closely as it
possibly can without having to recode the entire app.

As well as this app being a visual update, the app also comes with speed increases, stability and general smoothness all the way throughout the app.


The standard app uses images for the text input box, send button and many more features of the app; using images for assets such as this contribute
to slowing down the speed of the app due to there being more files to read from. I have removed the need for many images in this app by moving the assets
from using images to using official Android code (Assets such as chat text input and the send button).

Every single visual asset of this app has been changed and rebuilt using the Android guidelines. The action bar is no longer an ugly bar with diagonal pin stripes
with a gradient overlay, it's now a single colour Android action bar. The chat bubbles are no longer obnoxious low quality bubbles, they're now high quality boxes
similar to that of the boxes used for Hangouts. All these visual changes and more in the app.

On the official app, scrolling through web pages (such as people's profiles) was painful, scrolling would take forever with a huge noticeable lag on every scroll,
making tasks such as viewing your games list unbearable.


 






To install this app, you must first of all uninstall the official app from the Play Store if you currently have that on your device.
Once the app is uninstalled, you can then install this version.


Mentions:
http://www.vgu.tv/2014/01/16/modder-...m-app-android/
http://www.steamfirst.com/steam-andr...wnload-it-now/


This app is completely free, you are free to use it for as long as you like without payment towards me, however if you wish to donate to me to help me
further my work in learning how to develop applications from scratch, this is how.

Donations are through PayPal, send how much you want to, every bit helps, the email to send the donation to is ikermitkiller@gmail.com

You do not have to donate, it is simply an option if you want to support me, please do not feel pressured into giving your hard earned cash to me for a small app like this.

Current Donor list:
This is a shout out to those who have donated. It helps me a lot, it brings a smile to my face, to know that people appreciate the work which I do, that they enjoy or like using
the app. It makes me feel good. Thanks to those who have donated or will donate, thank you.

Donors:
Cole (Member iCole from Facepunch)
dsidewd (In the form of a 2.50 album on bandcamp)(Member dsidewd from Facepunch)


In the attachment is the download for this app.
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15th January 2014, 10:01 PM   |  #2  
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First release, pretty much everything changed from the default application

01-01-14
Gradient added in navigation area (Similar to that in settings app)
Official Android design used for button used for "Send" and "Clear Chat History" (Includes disabled, enabled and pressed animation)
Official Android design used for text input used for "Tap to chat" (Includes disabled and enabled animations)
Holo icons added to navigation area (Bug: icons are huge)

02-01-14
Holo icons in navigation area have been redone, their size is also correct this time

03-01-14
Menu button on navigation bar removed
Back end changed to the latest Android API
Increased speed and stability (Refresh times have been decreased by a huge amount, navigation is faster, boot time is faster and the app doesn't have to reconnect as much)
Send button changed to official android button code
Text input in chat changed to official android text input code
All pop up windows changed to KitKat design
Application can have added backwards compatibility to OS versions before 2.2(Froyo) if requested
Unread messages text on friends list is now white
Navigation gradient is no longer a gradient. Now is #191919 to mimic the future slide out navigation which will be implemented
"Tap to chat" changed to "Send a message" (Like Hangouts)

04-01-14
Padding beneath text input on chat removed
Text next to friend names are now the same as the colour of the profile picture containers
Text in chat boxes is now centred

30-01-14
Speed increases and stability
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15th January 2014, 10:03 PM   |  #3  
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Here's a video demo.

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Amazing work! Scrolling is now also waaay smoother than on vanilla.
15th January 2014, 11:42 PM   |  #5  
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Really impressive

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16th January 2014, 12:29 AM   |  #6  
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Looks great! Really needed this, I couldn't take much more of the default app's appearance.

If only Valve would do something about it sooner
16th January 2014, 12:59 AM   |  #7  
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Would it be possible to drag the side panel menu in from the side, and hide it away with another swipe? Similar to the new Play Store style?

Other than that amazing job!
16th January 2014, 01:07 AM   |  #8  
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Originally Posted by jaimbo

Would it be possible to drag the side panel menu in from the side, and hide it away with another swipe? Similar to the new Play Store style?

Other than that amazing job!

In the current state the app is in, I cannot. However, I am working on a separate app which will replace this, that app will be full holo and be on the Play Store.
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How exactly do you modify an app like this? Is there a general overview/tutorial somewhere?

God I would love this done to the Rdio app.
16th January 2014, 01:13 AM   |  #10  
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How exactly do you modify an app like this? Is there a general overview/tutorial somewhere?

God I would love this done to the Rdio app.

There are various programmes which will decompile an app, once you've decompiled the app, you will be left with the apps source code.
Once you've got the source code, you can start modifying images, XML files and Java files. Once you've done, you can recompile it, usually using the same programme as the one you used to decompile, although the signature will be different
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