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

0. phoneArena posted on 12 Jan 2012, 16:44

Android Design is 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...

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posted on 12 Jan 2012, 16:55 2

1. knights4life03 (Posts: 131; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)

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

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 17:00 2

2. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)

Nice! Though I still miss App Inventor...

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 17:17 5

3. shelley.bevacqua (Posts: 80; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)

Great idea:-) More eye candy

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 20:05 2

4. ayephoner (Posts: 850; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)

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

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 20:31

5. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 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

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 20:40

6. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

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

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 22:14

7. terabyteRouser (Posts: 457; Member since: 18 Oct 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"?

posted on 13 Jan 2012, 00:38 2

8. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 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.

posted on 13 Jan 2012, 06:05 1

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.

posted on 13 Jan 2012, 10:46 1

10. IHatePhones (Posts: 99; Member since: 12 Aug 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.

posted on 15 Jan 2012, 03:30

11. Veigald (Posts: 290; Member since: 13 Jan 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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