Android N's animations are sincerely sublime in slow motion


With the introduction of Material Design in Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google made a big splash about the interface's animations and transitions adhering to the rules of real-world physics. Back in the day, the operating system's design principles and expose surely wowed us, but the practical truth didn't exactly turn out in Material's favor. Not that there's anything wrong with it, but where those jumpy animations and transitions are concerned, the hard work of Google's designers went largely unnoticed. Somewhat ironically, the sheer speed at which most Lollipop (and later) devices operate simply doesn't let users bask in their glory, as the eye-candy gets sacrificed for ever-important immediacy.

While this may be so, those fluid, paper-like animations and the interplay of light are still there, they are still quite majestic, and you will get to see them if you switch around a few options. If you head to the 'Developer settings' menu and change all the Animation, Transition, and Window scale options to the maximum 10x value, you are going to witness a miracle of physics. Your zippy Android flagship starts behaving as if it were high on diazepam, with all those beautiful animations unfolding with the leisurely pace of a sloth riding a steamroller. Don't ask how we found the header picture. Anyway, this is how you can check out their full brilliance in slo-mo and marvel at Google's ingenuity.

This is precisely what GeekCeption did on their YouTube channel. They installed the latest Android N developer preview, pressed the slo-mo buttons, and filmed the result. Feel free to cheek out the goodness in the video embedded below! But before that, we'd love to take an excerpt from the Reddit conversation that genuinely amused us. Redditor 'pastarific' cunningly pointed out Android animations were originally designed to mask the slow menu transitions that less-than-stellar devices outputted at the time. Indeed, turning them off resulted in a total drag of an UI, which makes waxing poetic about how great Android looks in slow motion appear all the more ironic. In his own words, "we have gone full circle." Indeed!


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16 Comments

1. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

These animations have been here since Lollipop... By the way, I still think iOS has more beautiful animations.

7. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

iOS does have more beautiful animations but they're slow and just eye candy. In Android material design, animations are meant to have a purpose and be functional.

10. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

animations have a function?

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yes. Its to fill the gap between app launches and other things you click on.

14. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

and also in many instance they serve the purpose of highlighting the area of where the User should have the eye upon. They also show where the action is coming from... and in general let the User know what they just did, even if it was by accident

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Some have But many are new or different

2. FluffyBled unregistered

Saw the title ... ran to check in the emulator :p! They're fluid AF even there!

3. Shocky unregistered

Really? Can't say I've noticed any difference with Android N and Marshmallow. Animations looks the same to me.

4. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Yep , alredy smooth as fck on S7 MM , honestly cant imagine it being smoother than it is now.

5. robertdenaro116

Posts: 63; Member since: Mar 07, 2016

I love it. I just stare at it the whole time it's running.. I always hoped for a screenshot, so i can have a high resolution copy for wallpaper or something else, but of course that's impossible; I've thought of asking Google for the icon/animation, but that sounds like a mountain. Another good feature is Android N Developer Preview can now run Chrome side by side http://androidtickers.com/2016/05/23/android-n-developer-preview-can-now-run-chrome-side-side/

6. Donzzy

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

Yeah just like in my Note 5.

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Haha! We've had this on Samsung devices since FOREVER!!!! And you can run 2 instances of Chrome side by side. I don't understand how this was ever an issue in an operating where it is capable of the same on the desktop.

9. 444777

Posts: 399; Member since: May 02, 2016

No difference to this comparing it to ICS. Still runs at 60fps. Nothing spectacular or revolutionary. If Android N came with 120fps and 100hz screen refresh rate.

13. siddharthayadav202

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 23, 2016

Lol... Hahaha... Android N cannot have 120 fps and 100 Hz screen.. Mobile phones can have 100 Hz+ display if manufacturer want. 120 fps would surely be good but 100 is max you can notice and fps drops are likely not gonna happen in high speced devices and it would take a tremendous amount of battery for a 100 Hz display.

15. matistight

Posts: 982; Member since: May 13, 2009

How so? TVs with way bigger screens have that type of screen,if not better, and they cost like $20 to run a year

16. thefaceless_0529

Posts: 2; Member since: May 23, 2016

I hope you know that TV's are connected to power outlet and don't need batteries.. unless your phone are plugged in on power outlet all the time then you will have better screen that you wanted.

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