Google highlights great design in Play Store apps

Google highlights great design in Play Store apps
There are some amazing examples of software design to be found on all mobile platforms, but today Google has set aside a handful of apps to highlight as examples of top-level Android design. The collection is called "Beautiful Design Summer 2014" and aims to show "beautiful apps that show the best of Android".

Given that Android L is on the way with its Material Design makeover, you would expect this collection to be filled with apps that have already adopted the new design language, and that is what you'll find. But, Google is also highlighting this group of apps for specific design details within each. For example, Google talks about the "beautiful colors and friendly illustrations" in the Lumosity app, the "tasteful typography" of Spotify, and the "delightful animations" of the Yahoo News Digest app. 

It is a very nice set of 12 apps, and the vast majority are free. Only FlightTrack 5 and Runtastic Pro are paid apps, and each of those will set you back $4.99, although you could get the same "playful palette & intuitive gestures" in the free version of Runtastic if you prefer. 

source: Google Play via BGR



1. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Good to see Google showcasing some well designed apps. They should do more of this as there are a lot of great, thoughtfully designed, Android apps out there.

3. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Doesn't matter, there is too much misinformation and marketing BS from the competition for this to matter for a while. Those already in the ecosystem know of the great choices available. I guess it still helps some who don't know find these apps easier.

5. LiyanaBG

Posts: 381; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

this could be really good. if Google would award some $Prize Money + feature this apps on there own category for well Designed apps this could Motivate developers to develop more apps for Android + better Design Apps than IOS ect.

6. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

All iOS apps are great ! Not some of them :)

8. AlikMalix unregistered

That's not true, there are many apps that are bad, badly designed, or useless, it's the same on Android. I'd rather that both Apple and Android just comb thru them and simply remove 50+% of all apps instead of fighting for numbers. Google just recently stated seriously screening their apps - imagine how many apps there would be in App Store and google play if they let anything on these days. Scary.

2. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

They should make a category in the Google Play Store for these well-designed apps, separating them from the crappy garbage apps...

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I hope Google makes a category on the Play Store for Material design apps once L is released

7. AlikMalix unregistered

We'll that's a good way to separate 15 apps from the rest of the garbage. (Sorry couldn't help it). Jokes aside. We'll designed apps and ecosystem is really what keeps me with iOS. Not saying android ecosystem doesn't have its appeal - bit it's not that organized (some see it as a strongpoint - I don't). Anyway, good for Android. Devs love being noticed - apple has been doing this since the beginning. Maybe that's why Devs try harder to put extra polish on their iOS apps and don't even care to remove "back" buttons that were designed for pre-ios7 apps when they port to android.

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