Material Design - this is the new look of Android "L Version"

Fandroids and fandroidettes, Google I/O is on, and we're already getting a taste of big changes to Android's look and feel. The operating system has a whole new design language which Google demonstrated with this short teaser. It's called Material Design. At a glance, we can only describe it as a big, bold, mature change to Android's 'stock' look. Nothing has been spared from change - not even the software keys!

The apps and menus look cohesive, colorful, and clean. We can broadly compare their looks to the direction which LG's design team took for the LG G3's Optimus UI - flat, minimal, and very user-friendly. They must have gotten an early clue. The Holo theme and its various incarnations are a thing of the past. All Google apps and interfaces have been treated to a unified look, one we can't wait to experience for ourselves.

Material Design will be available for developers to create online and native apps ahead of Android "L Version"'s launch later this year. Does this mean all Android apps will now sport the same uniform look, like in iOS 7? It most likely does - talk about a change!

Feel invited to gaze at the new Android interface in the gallery and video below.



1. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

this is awesome.....

2. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

photo 8 ??? signal bar is same of iOS :)))))) haahah

4. brettmazzocchi

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

because it is on a iphone.....

14. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

how is taken with iphone at where ?_

16. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Shame on you! :D

8. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

That is because the screenshot is taken on an iPhone. In the other pics the status bar is completely different and more like Android is now.

13. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

hipnotika's failed attempt to troll... :D

18. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

failed what ?? explain the 8th picture . whats that so ?

22. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"signal bar is same of iOS" It is not just same, it is iOS bar that's why it is failed attempt to troll.

20. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

That's because it is an iPhone. It's not an Android app, it's on the web from the Google Now app on iOS.

24. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

ok thank you bro.

25. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

dude, never go full retard.

26. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1271; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Please try to get some life, bro...

15. iGeek

Posts: 171; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Not so Awesome ! Cause only nexuses will get it ! We will see it in Apps only. Don't get your hopes high

3. superfans

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

android is so inspired by the look of windows 8.1 and iOS...

10. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

And they have been inspired by each other and previous Android versions as well. They all are inspired by each other, get over it.

17. desijatt

Posts: 58; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

I think you are right. Those circular contact images looks exactly like ios 7. And that design is like some kind of User Interface over stock android. Now why would anybody want stock android over other cartoonish skins. This does not look like stock. Features will be good but the look isn't. My thought is that stock android lost its "stockness" I loved.

5. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

Everything is so rockin awesome about design only that navigation buttons look kinda weird... triangle, circle, rectangle. Hmm. Why they didnt stick with the same good old buttons? :o

33. BaffledTruffle

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

I agree. It looks wrong. Maybe they were inspired by PlayStation? They could've done better than these new nav buttons.

6. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Not bad from Google. They've taken inspiration from HTC Sense and LG's UI. Looks good.

7. SyCo87

Posts: 318; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Is this android with an iOS skin?

34. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

No. Material has drop shadows. I don't believe iOS does. iOS has transparent glassy textures. Material does not. These differences seem small, but they're not; welcome to the world of design, where everyone (Google included) has been converging on flat design for a really long time. This is just another step further, a step which the Android team has been moving towards for a while. If I recall correctly, Matias Duarte said something to the effect of "We're only 1/3 of the way done with redesigning Android" when Ice Cream Sandwich dropped. That was before iOS 7. Google's flatter logo on the homepage happened before iOS 7, as well. Apple didn't invent flat design (nor did Google, for that matter).

9. josephnero

Posts: 783; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

As a huge android fan i really don't like flat design.but it can be changed.waiting for Sony and others implantations of L 5.0

11. xMichaelDuncanx

Posts: 16; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

Am I right or wrong here, I have Note 3, but when my Note 3 gets Android 5.0 does that mean when I go on Apps when I get 5.0 will the status bar go the same colour as the App? What I am trying to say when I get Android 5.0 on My Note 3 when I go on Apps the Status bar will go the same colour as the app instead of the same boring black, Am I right on wrong?, Hopefully I am right, cause I have always wanted this cause I find it cool on iOS and I'd love it if Android 5.0 had the same. Hopefully I am right.

19. WinC76 unregistered

Note 3 will get 5.0 for sure. But they will probably rip most of the new goodies and give us users their current look... (as in the current one on Note 3).

21. xMichaelDuncanx

Posts: 16; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

In the screenshots though it looks like 5.0 when you go into apps it looks like the status bar goes the same colour as the app just like iOS does, hopefully Note 3 does the same when it gets 5.0 :)

12. somad

Posts: 169; Member since: Apr 17, 2014


23. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Google its beautiful :)

27. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Those are some SEXY transitions, wondering about any changes to the home-screen though.

28. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

Food stamp iOS, no thanks.

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