Skit Beta 3.0 Packs Material You, Big Screen Improvements, and New Features
Material You has made its way into many Google apps, but other big apps are still hesitant to add it, perhaps fearing brand dilution. Fortunately, smaller indie developers are much more excited about Google’s new design paradigm, with Sync for Reddit, Inware, and Tasker already available in your desktop wallpaper color. The Skit App Manager is the latest third-party app to bring Material You magic to its interface, along with a host of new features.
If you’re unfamiliar with Skit, it’s an app that lets you view and manage all of your installed apps, giving you much more granular information about them than the system itself would give you. You can see when you installed or updated apps, how much storage and memory they’re using, how long you’ve been using them, what permissions they have, and you have the option to check out apps as APK.
Although his home country is under attack from Russia, Pavel Rekun released a big open beta 3.0 update for his application and information management application. The title change is likely the addition of Material You, the app extracting its color scheme from your wallpaper if you’re running Android 12 on a device that supports Google’s new automatic color extraction engine. The implementation is solid, with all parts of the app easily readable in a variety of color options, making Skit feel right at home on a phone full of Google apps. The developer even added a themed icon for Skit to integrate with Google apps on your home screen on Android 13.
The release is also a nod to Google’s new interest in tablets. The developer writes that optimizing the app for tablets and other large-screen devices like foldables and Chromebooks was a high priority, and the effort seems to have paid off. On larger screens, installed apps are now listed in a grid rather than a list, making much better use of space. The bottom bar also moves to the side and many parts of the app are redesigned to provide a multi-column view.
When it comes to feature updates, Skit 3.0 gives a better idea of which permissions are potentially dangerous and which are generally harmless. Although the app separates “dangerous” and “normal” permissions quite harshly, keep in mind that most apps that request access actually need them to run at full capacity and generally have nothing harmful to do with them. mind when they ask for them.
To take the weeds further, Skit 3.0 is also experimenting with an option to always force regular APKs to be extracted rather than splitting APKS files which tend to cause headaches when you want to install them. The developer notes that this may not always work, as the base APK may sometimes be missing critical components which are saved in one of the split files. To provide another workaround, Skit 3.0 now also offers the ability to install APKS files natively, allowing for a seamless experience when encountering an APKS file for installation. Note that Android Police’s older sister site APK Mirror uses its own split APK (.apkm) file format, so you won’t be able to use Skit to install split APKs from that source.
Skit isn’t by far the only option out there for managing apps, but since its launch in 2019, it’s quickly made a name for itself as one of the prettiest and easiest-to-use options that doesn’t add no unnecessary bells and whistles. Skit also has a fair revenue model with a completely free base app with no ads and a $1.99 premium version with convenience features like detailed stats and the ability to delete and extract multiple apps at once . The strategy appears to be paying off, as the app has already racked up over 100,000 downloads.
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