Android's design team talks about their favorites in app design

Android's design team talks about their favorites in app design
Every few weeks or so, the Android Developers YouTube channel will talk about Android design. Mostly, the talks are about best practices, and various more technical ways to make your app feel more at home on Google's platform. But, this week the Android design team is taking a different angle on the topic and talking about their favorite app designs in the Play Store.

The video is fairly long (as are all of the Android Developer videos, but there are some good bits in there. Not surprisingly, the team talks about the Timely app, which is widely regarded as one of the best designed apps on any platform, not just Android. The team also gives its Google teammates a pat on the back by talking about the new Google Play Newsstand app (although we have mentioned that there are some awkward design choices in that app), and also goes on to talk about Foursquare, Etsy, and other apps. 

Overall, it's a pretty interesting talk about Android design, the current trends, and best practices. It's definitely worth a watch if you're interested in design at all.


source: Droid Life



1. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Not hating on Google since I actually like their modern and flat design but I still hate their designs for tablets. The Newsstand looks bad, unbalanced and the features that he highlights are pretty standard and basic. Pulse might not be the best reading app but it's the app I use every day and it's the one I find to be the prettiest and most functional and still be able to fill the screen with a lot of content, something that Google fails to do because they stretch everything to the width of the device. While he's on a source you can only read the first story and you have almost zero info on it, just title and an image stretched to the width. And in the article of the cars, the images look unbalanced with the text because the images occupy the whole width and makes it look weird, unbalanced, at least in my eyes.

2. GeekMovement unregistered

Nice design details in those apps, I'm gonna have to check out timely myself.

3. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Timely is a great alarm clock, not only design wise, but it syncs to your G-account. Also I can set the alarm on both my android devices at once, it will sync it to the other device. Also to stop the alarm, it's quite intuitive and you even can have a mini game to stop the alarm clock. Only downside, you can't choose a mp3 file as alarm sound

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