Google Play Store starts rolling out new design... violates its own Material Design guidelines
by Victor Hristov / Oct 19, 2017, 4:25 AM
Google has started rolling out a new design for the Play Store... and it goes right against one of the fundamental principles of Material Design.
Namely, it uses nested tabs, a technique that Google explicitly says should not be used and instead recommends using content hierarchy in different forms.
So basically what you get now is a bunch of categories, and underneath another list of tabs, and in some cases even a third list of tabs with this new design of the Google Play Store.
Of course, this is not something major that will impact users in a big way, but it's strange that Google itself violates Material Design principles in such an obvious way. And here is a screenshot with Google's own instructions on how Material Design should actually be implemented.
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They should start by not calling that FUGLY monstrosity "material design". Again, I associate material design woth skeuomorpism, marble, wood or brushed metal textures, distinctive buttons perhaps in shiny plastic look , beautifully crafted multi-colour icons etc... And now when they break their own guidelines it's clear to me that those bozos at google are full of s**t!
posted on Oct 19, 2017, 4:44 AM 4
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Looks better than the translucent, neon mess they call iOS.
posted on Oct 19, 2017, 6:06 AM 10
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I imagine Google did not want to take the term 'Material' and apply is so literally, that would just be expected and uninspired (in my opinion). I feel it would be a regression of sorts as IOS had a visually material inspired interface before the current iteration. Even Samsung OS had a more nature/'material' inspired take.
posted on Oct 19, 2017, 6:48 AM 6
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This is not nested tab bar but "bottom navigation" ( material.io/guidelines/components/bottom-navigation.html ). Ofc its not supposed to be placed under tabs.
posted on Oct 19, 2017, 9:12 AM 0
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True, but they also aren't supposed to have more than 5 items, and not scrollable: "Avoid scrollable content in the bottom navigation bar." "Avoid using more than five destinations in bottom navigation as tap targets will be situated too close to one another."
posted on Oct 19, 2017, 5:09 PM 0
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Material design is workable with minimalist layouts but the transparencies of the status bar on Android 5.0 and above tend to screw with color consistency assuming the version you are on doesn't automatically adjust to the app color 100%. In other words, it's not perfect, and OEM's messed up the system UI by leaving some Kitkat 4.4.4 elements in popup menus. I play around with a lot of prepaid Android smartphones from Alcatel and ZTE, as well as Coolpad. Trust me they've gotten lazy adhering to GOOGLE's design language a few times.
posted on Oct 19, 2017, 9:15 AM 0
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