Here is a surprisingly low tech look at Material Design for Android L

Here is a surprisingly low tech look at Material Design for Android L
Google is the epitome of high-tech. At the developers’ conference last week we were introduced to the latest in tech wizardry in what will be the next generation of the Android operating system.

Among all the announcements, a considerable amount of time was spent talking about the design elements in the new user experience. Called Material Design, the colors and layers that developers can now take advantage of will give Android an aptly timed makeover.

When it comes to design, especially design that is utilized by various agents (or developers in this case), there is a standard that needs to be followed to ensure a uniform experience. To that end, Google has a site which explains all the guidelines that need to be followed across the board.

From Android on the smartphone to Google Glass, Material Design will bring a new look to how we interact with our devices. Whether it is how transitions are animated, or the style of the typography, Material Design follows a set of principles of uniform spacing rules, visual consistency, and app behavior.

Is there a tangible angle to Material Design? Indeed there is. Actual design reference kits were made available at Google I/O, good old fashioned sets of colored paper and graph pages for doodling new designs.

So as your Android device gets updated in the future, and the apps you enjoy receive similar updates, it is possible that some of the action you experience may have been crafted with some graph paper and a pencil.  If you want to see more of what Material Design is all about, check out the reference link below.

reference: Google Design



1. Sesameopen

Posts: 109; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Keeping it simple I like it.

3. steedsofwar unregistered

In the form of real paper, it is more comprehensible. But I will reserve judgement until I see the actual OS. I'm not a big fan of FLAT. Although I'm an Android guy, I have repeatedly praised previous versions of iOS for their skeuomorphic UI.

4. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

I've been using on my Nexus 7 - it is flatter than KK but without all the stupidity of metro. IE, it still retains use of lines to separate options, and also preserves depth to highlight drop down items. Oh, and btw, it is pretty much lag free. You saw that article about ART? ART in Android L is the real deal, optimized and final. Using it on KK makes little noticeable difference in UI.

2. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

The #12 image looks like an examination answer sheet. :-)

5. Krjal

Posts: 431; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

I don't understand why phone arena thought it was necessary to plaster their logo all over Google's property.

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