Android Design is born, helps developers make Ice Cream Sandwich-y apps

Android Design is born, helps developers make Ice Cream Sandwich-y apps
“Designing an open mobile operating system – and doing it really well – that’s never happened before in human history,” said Matias Duarte, Director of Android operating system User Experience at Google, during an interview with Wired. However, that doesn't seem to be stopping him from doing his best to help Android accomplish that feat.

And so, Android Design was born – a web portal dedicated to all Android developers, both beginners and experts, who want to create Ice Cream Sandwich apps that are both convenient to use and pleasing to the eye while feeling as if they are a part of the platform. Or in other words – software that looks and feels Ice Cream Sandwich-y. What the portal provides are the guidelines and design principles that should be followed, all of them listed with illustrations and described in detail. Another goal of the Android Design portal is to show what Google's understanding of practical and aesthetically appealing is. 

However, Duarte points out that none of the guidelines listed in the Android Design portal are mandatory, which means that it is up to the developers to decide whether they will implement them in their software. On the other hand, he hopes that having the web portal will reduce the number of crudely made apps, such as the ones that some first-time developers publish.

Feel free to check out the Android Design web page

source: Wired

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11 Comments

1. knights4life03

Posts: 131; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

well this will give android a boost of apps in a short amount of time

2. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

Nice! Though I still miss App Inventor...

3. shelley.bevacqua

Posts: 80; Member since: Aug 27, 2011

Great idea:-) More eye candy

4. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

matias duarte is awesome. imo, the best thing that could have happened to android.

5. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

indeed glad he jumped into the android ship.... wait is that the old SU logo? oh its you man I couldn't tel you since you don't have your other avatar anymore

6. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

LOL I just saw the dp on the instructions any serious dev must know dp are best for android than anything else

7. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

"Duarte points out that none of the guidelines listed in the Android Design portal are mandatory, which means that it is up to the developers to decide whether they will implement them in their software." Should that read "aren't"?

8. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

No, it shouldn't say aren't. It is written correctly, if he removed none from the sentence then you could use aren't or are not.

9. ilia1986 unregistered

Not sure I like everything there. It seems that Google wants ICS to be more like iOS. These guidelines are good - but they are also sort of restricting. For example: "Home is a customizable space that houses app shortcuts, folders and widgets. Navigate between different home screen panels by swiping left and right." Okay. What if I want to navigate between different homescreens by swiping up or down? Or by using a certain customizable gesture? Or by pressing the corresponding page number ala Samsung TouchWiz, or by something eltirely different? This is Android, Google. Guidelines are good, but for god's sake don't tell us what to do or how to do it. We want Android. Not just iOS with Widgets and live wallpapers. Same for transitions. The guidelines say that these are sort of a must. Well guess what - I personally find them hampering the speed at which I can do things. That's why I lowered their time to an absolute minimum on my iPhone 4 via Springtomize. I could bring countless more examples from that site - but I think you see what my point is.

10. IHatePhones

Posts: 99; Member since: Aug 12, 2009

I didn't read it that way at all. This more sounds like an introduction to how ICS works across the board and IF you want your App to blend in, then follow these guidelines. I didn't read anywhere that they would deny your App if you didn't. It simply reads toward making it a consistent interface. I have NO doubts that the phone makers will continue their parade with TouchSense, TouchWiz and MotoBlur (well maybe not blur since Google owns them now...). They just have a different platform on which to develop. I like the idea of... this is an open book, now you can make better more uniform designs for your apps, have fun! That's how I read it, but I think I had my Google Goggles on.

11. Veigald

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

"Never happened before in human history"? Is that guy really saying that? Human history dates back like 40 million years, mobile smartphone OS like ten years. What a complete idiot to try and pound his chest in that way. Now go create an OS that appeals to someone over the age of 12, Imo.

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