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Do you like the looks of Android L?

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Do you like the looks of Android L?
The upcoming L release of Android has been already showcased on the stage at Google I/O 2014, and we've been already treated to the new looks of Google's mobile platform - meet the so-called "Material Design". This fresh new design language will see the light of day in the upcoming Android iteration strays away from the design that we've gotten used to from Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich onwards.

Good riddance, Holo - the new design is not only more seamless and cohesive, it also comes with depth. Yes, that's right, certain aspects of the UI float above the rest, creating a pretty curious 3D effect. Hardly any aspect of the interface has been spared from the Material Design overhaul.

Matias Duarte said that this visual overhaul has been undertaken with the end user in mind. With that being said, we wanted to ask you, the regular Android users, if you like the design of the L release. So, check out the some of early images of Android L in the gallery below and be sure to vote below.

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Do you think that Android L is going in the right direction in terms of design?
74.39%
334 votes
(334 votes) Yes, I like it.
16.04%
72 votes
(72 votes) I'm not sure yet.
9.58%
43 votes
(43 votes) No, I don't.

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posted on 25 Jun 2014, 12:13 4

1. apple4never (Posts: 970; Member since: 08 May 2013)


it looks pretty similar just more flat

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 12:16 18

3. Finalflash (Posts: 1873; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


That's the point, take something great, make it even better. That is pretty much all Android can do now since being ahead means you can only get more ahead if you try.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 12:59 9

18. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4335; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Are slides 7 & 8 on an iPhone?!?

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 13:43 2

27. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4104; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I think that's Google showing off Polymer, not Android L.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 14:22 2

36. Liveitup (Posts: 1503; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


In other words copying. Microsoft started this trend I recall when people bashed Flat UI now everyone is falling love with iOS 7 and 8 and Android L when all they merely did was imitate Windows Phone.

http://www.wpcentral.com/android-tries-find-identity-through-new-material-design-ui-

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 16:01 2

41. sgodsell (Posts: 1394; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


They bashed Microsoft not because of the flat design. They bashed Microsoft's UI because it is very limiting and restricted. Do you not remember WP7, users had 2 tile sizes and a few colors to choose from. Then WP8 have you one more tile size and more colors. Microsoft makes it easy to bash themselves.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 22:53

50. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Ppl didnt bash WP flat look....they bashed the Live Tiles.....

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 12:21 2

8. jcdz89 (Posts: 78; Member since: 01 Mar 2013)


Looks good

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 12:39 4

12. Mkondrak (Posts: 13; Member since: 19 Feb 2011)


I am jut wondering why images 6 and 7 look just like from ios? I mean the top bar (it has ios style like signal bubbles). weird.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 12:49 1

13. SellPhones82 (Posts: 558; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


I'm wondering the same thing as those two are from iOS. I could understand if it was Google Maps or Gmail, but not the contact/people app since that's not available on iOS.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 16:47

42. BlackhawkFlys (Posts: 42; Member since: 07 May 2014)


May be its hangout

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 12:15 1

2. Busyboy (Posts: 393; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Pretty good, but I was expecting a bit more, other than mainly making it flat and adding punchy colors. Reminds me of HTC Sence.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 12:16 1

4. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5497; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Yes, I like it.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 12:17

5. Takeharu (Posts: 76; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


I'm not entirely sure about it yet...
It looks good mostly the animations are a bit too much and it's also overly colorful, I have to see more just to make a solid opinion.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 12:18 4

6. Anshulonweb (Posts: 348; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


hell yeah....

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 12:20 19

7. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2056; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


I'm a WP fan and user, but heck, Android 5.0 looks SEXY!

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 13:05 6

19. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 1145; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


You sir, are a nice example of how it should be. Respect!

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 12:24

9. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3589; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I'm not sure, i didnt quite like all changes, I love holo though.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 12:25 1

10. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Hell nah!!!. Looks like every company, is doing this flat and dull,UI,,tho LG's UI looks decent..... Thanks to windows phone, for keeping it different from the crowd

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 14:20

35. bbblader (Posts: 581; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Windows Phone is flat

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 01:56

45. fzacek (Posts: 2095; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Windows phone is the flattest of the flat...

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 12:31 2

11. skymitch89 (Posts: 1098; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


Starting to look more and more like iOS in my opinion. I want to say that here in the not to distant future Android and iOS will be indistinguishable aside from device design.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 13:42

26. pookiewood (Posts: 623; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


Well Android kind of started that way. The HTC Dream looked liek it had Bizarro World iOS. Not an Apple iEasterOS fan either.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 13:46

29. robcar (Posts: 78; Member since: 18 Jan 2011)


Looks more like Microsoft design guidelines, but i do not care. This looks much better than current Android and iOS.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 12:51 2

14. SellPhones82 (Posts: 558; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Not a big fan of all the "girly" colors used in some areas.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 12:52 4

16. pookiewood (Posts: 623; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


People saw WP as flat and dull. Google does it and it's a god send. That being said it looks good. I loved this look since my Zune HD.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 12:58 1

17. protozeloz (Posts: 5379; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I don't like the color palette on window phone on many places. It's flat that sometimes you can't actually tell a button from just words, and on android you're able to make such distinctions, maybe they fixed that on 8.1

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 13:25

23. pookiewood (Posts: 623; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


I get what you are saying and I went ahead and jumped in and out of a few apps, settings and the text and email clients. One of the the first things that happens when you go into a fresh Windows Phone is you receive a welcome text. Click the Messaging hub and click the Message (from Microsoft, the word) and jump into the message. To me this introduces somewhat the way Windows Phone Works. This is pretty standard in most apps that are done right. Settings is another introduction to that. I do get what you are saying about the color but knowing how it works I don't think it should be that big of any issue. Not everyone is the same though.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 14:01

32. protozeloz (Posts: 5379; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I tested Windows 8 on PC and didn't saw an introduction (maybe I accidentally skip it?) but the very moment you don't see it you end up with little clues about how it works, I also have seen a few friends phones (and get lost going around). Anyways what I meant is that while android is flat, on this new UI it still keeps distinctive factors (like the multi layer thingy they introduced) with doesn't make it completely flat but more like a stack of magazines, while Windows phone feels like a billboard. Hopefully I get my analogy right, I was changing my pants

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 12:44

48. pookiewood (Posts: 623; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


Not sure why you brought Win 8 PC up as it is different than the phone OS Windows Phone 8. Sure the both take Metro cues but they are different. While we are there the is an instruction video when you go into a fresh Win8 PC install. With 8.1 they included pointers to the corners that kind bug you if you don't give them attention.

The phone works different of course. Your main point was about text as buttons which like I said a great installed phone and the text message get you a quick "oh the text is a button" demo.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 13:06

20. vuyonc (Posts: 340; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


I'm not digging this 'flat' craze from UIs and OSes. Bland and uninviting. HTC Sense flattens in the right places, exuding modernness and sophistication and Xperia UI's graduating colours in its icons and wallpapers are maturely uniform, warm and comforting.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 13:06

21. surethom (Posts: 316; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)


Very flat, lets hope other themes will make it look better.!

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 13:10

22. DocOc (Posts: 138; Member since: 23 Apr 2014)


Are there any men at Google that actually look like men?

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 13:27 1

24. ThePython (Posts: 368; Member since: 08 May 2013)


Looks way too colorful and childish. KitKat had a more adult and serious look.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 14:03

33. robcar (Posts: 78; Member since: 18 Jan 2011)


But Kitkat is also depressing boring.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 13:36

25. artnerfy (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Jun 2014)


Oh my god. This is amazing.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 13:46

28. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4104; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I think the colors could be toned down, but otherwise this looks amazing. Great job Google.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 13:50

30. vazzzz (Posts: 10; Member since: 09 May 2014)


I hope they keep the current Nexus 5 contact page. It's really good looking and I prefer it over the new one I saw coming with 'L'

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 13:58

31. Totse2k15 (Posts: 275; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


Will wait and see it myself. I don't dig the new nav and flat icons though. Looking forward to 5.0.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 14:15

34. SiiLo (unregistered)


Those on screen buttons reminds me of Playstation without the X. I love the look , reminds me of Google Now + Sense + LG.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 14:41 1

37. sip1995 (Posts: 924; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Windows Phone, is now everywhere.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 15:27

40. nasznjoka (Posts: 351; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


Its just sad that whoever use it knocks but microsoft!
#fanboy

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 15:03

38. benhar156 (Posts: 10; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


I was tired of wp more like tired of squares and rectangles and was thinking of moving to android, but i guess i need to do some rethinking after the actual release of 5.0.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 15:25

39. nasznjoka (Posts: 351; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


Meh! I like it really! Android rules

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 16:49

43. BlackhawkFlys (Posts: 42; Member since: 07 May 2014)


Hate the black background for the onscreen buttons. Rest is great.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 22:41

44. mildorzalost (Posts: 53; Member since: 03 Jun 2014)


Ok, let's face it, the same way iOS7 did it last year... android L is copying its design from windows phone

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 01:58

46. fzacek (Posts: 2095; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


I'm not so sure about the new navigation buttons, but otherwise it seems pretty fresh...

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 10:41

47. isprobi (Posts: 219; Member since: 30 May 2011)


It looks like just a bunch of flat squares. If I wanted that I would buy a Windows Phone. It seems that nobody other than Amazon is willing to try something different.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 16:11

49. TBomb (Posts: 163; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


I'm going to need to touch it and play with it before I make a decision... crrently not a fan of the keyboard

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