Android L's Material Design principles explained by Google's Roman Nurik (video)

Android L comes with a brand new Material Design that is a huge evolution in the looks of Android and a step toward a more modern-looking design with simple, clutter-free visuals.

To better understand the new design and how new apps should be redesigned to fit in those new realities, the Android Developers channel has posted an explanatory video by Google engineer Roman Nurik. Nurik is best known for his DashClock widget and Muzei live wallpaper app.

To explain the Material Design principles in Android L, the engineer uses the Google I/O 2014 app. Every year, Google releases a new I/O companion app that is more than what it looks on the surface: it’s an illustration of all the design and coding principles that developers are advised to adopt. What drove the development of this year’s Google I/O 2014? Find out in the video below.



11. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Some good design thoughts in the mix, but so far what Google has made seems rather bland and corporate, without any soul. I guess the apple never falls far from the tree.

9. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Great update L is.. Hats off to google for the new UI overhaul. A great clean unique approach of course. UI looks really fresh and modern.

6. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

L just feels so good.

7. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Is there any way to bring back lockscreen widgets in Android L?

3. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

Nicely explained but not gonna lie it got a bit boring after awhile. Still I appreciate the effort.

1. iamoa unregistered

i hope the note 4 has android L out of the box.

2. Volcra

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If it is the Material design you want; then I wouldn't get my hopes up since Samsung is going to replace it with their TouchWiz Skin, unless that gets a material-like design too

8. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

I hope It'll(touchwiz) gets a material like design . I seriously think every one should take Motorola's approach (providing stock experience). Stock UI is always simple and clean also modern which doesn't need high end specs to run smooth. All these skins and bloats making phones buggy (low-mid range) also they don't provide update by saying hardware is not capable of running the new update, but the real reason is rely on OEM's laziness,skin,bloat and slow carriers. I hope google should be a bit more strict and promise 2 big updates for every phones or 2 year support. I love the way MICROSOFT doing it. All those wp8 devices(except htc 8s) will receive wp8.1 update 1.

4. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

It may have, but it would be touchwizified. Now you can imagine the aesthetics }:-)>

5. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

It probably won't, since it will be releasing in September and Google have said that the Android One series which will have Android L will only start selling in October.

10. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

You can implement most of material design right now, it just doesn't have some of the fancier movements and animations (some are available in kitkat). Asus' ZenUI for example is very very material at the moment and likely, will be completely material on L release. HTC also has some similarity and likely will adapt. Samsung might decide to be the village idiot on this one, but at the moment they are losing ground to those who are following the community's desires, so there is hope they will learn.

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