Poll results: Do you like the looks of Android L?

Poll results: Do you like the looks of Android L?
The upcoming L release of Android has been already showcased on the stage at Google I/O 2014, and we've been already treated to the so-called "Material Design", the new looks of Google's mobile platform. This fresh new design language will see the light of day in the upcoming Android iteration strays away from the design that we've gotten used to from Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich onwards.

Good riddance, Holo UI - Material Design greatly resembles "colored paper" and "graph pages". It looks seamless and cohesive, but it also comes with a certain level of depth. Yes, that's right, some aspects of the UI float above the rest, creating a pretty curious 3D effect. Hardly any aspect of the interface has been spared from the Material Design overhaul. You can see a brief comparison between the old and the new looks of Android here.

As the visual overhaul will be quite serious, we decided to ask you, the regular Android users, if the appearance of Google's Material Design suits your liking. It appears that 334 of the 449 respondents - that is exactly 74.39% - like the looks of the upcoming Android L. Alas, some 43, or 9.58%, of the respondents stated that they don't like this new Material Design. The remainder of 72 voters neither liked nor disliked the visual redesign - they'll probably make up their minds once Android L arrives on their devices.

Do you think that Android L is going in the right direction in terms of design?

Yes, I like it.
I'm not sure yet.
No, I don't.



1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I wonder if this will affect custom skins anyhow.

7. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

I hope it does :). Many OEM's UI is really cluttered and some even got old GB looks they even make the whole system laggy. But stock ui is always minimal and modern.

14. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I hope it forces Sony to change their damn UI. Only thing that's stopping me from getting a Xperia phone.

21. zennacko unregistered

I like the UI on my Z1c, This Android UI looks too iPhone-ish for me, and way too colorful as well...

2. enthasuium

Posts: 150; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

43 votes , i dont know...Do they know their own name???

6. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

It must be some haters, Who simply says the new UI is a ripoff of WP and iOS just because it's flat. Its true they did inspired each other but this new material still got traditional android style but modern. People makes it sounds like all square, rectangular, flat UI is nothing but a WP copy. Though they did start this flat trend.

8. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

First of all the new UI is anything but 'Flat'. Infact its literally the opposite of FLAT. The new material design has floating design elements and has shadows. Dev can even set the elevation of certain buttons or UI menu and the button would appear elevated due to several lighting and shadow effects. Quite frankly, I dunno how Google could've distant itself more then the holy mess that is Metro UI. The god awful colors of metro is quite appalling. Its only WP fans more then iOS who like to think the world follows/copies/inspires from them.

11. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Thank you. These 2 posts needs to repeated for a few select WP fans....who keep claiming everybody is copying WP design.

12. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

You got a point there. But android new design is flat but up to a certain limit. I'm a WP user and UI is WP's main attraction and its true some people don't like metro/modern ui. But i honestly loved it more than iOS /android UI, till google introduced this new "material design language" . Now WP and android's UI is my top favourite. iOS ui is okay but its too simple for me:)

13. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Fair enough. I would call Google's new UI 'minimal' then Flat. WP UI is mostly made out of rectangles, squares and other such sharp shapes unlike Google's which has a heavy presence of circular shapes amongst card UI; big lower right circle button and round profile pics, Google Now, (round) ripples effects throughout the UI etc. The only thing I don't like is the new multi-tasking UI. Classic example of over engineering, if you ask me :/

19. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

The previous multitasking pane gives more info than the new one. One of the many reasons why I dont use IE is that it shows each Tab as a kind of window.

10. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

Its gorgeous, but I'm still on the fence. I thought the kit cat look was where its at. I'm sure i'll come to love the "L" look.

3. Bioload25

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

IMO it looks good but its just too simple for me. The animations are nifty,the simple colors are elegant and stylish, but the keyboard and the calculator apps without a grid are just meh,and sometimes it looks just too simplified that it remembers me of iOS (which I hate for the same reason).Examples? On-screen button design,white colored gallery app (really reminds me of iOS),and less shadows make it look a lot flatter,paper-like (and indeed boring,overall).. But,regardless of my opinion,I think that google made a good move,since a simplified and unified UI is what it needed to attract more people from iOS,WP and BB ,and,with this,make things grow up,since android always had a bad reputation regarding its 'difficulty' of use and somewhat cluttered feel

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Most likely the 43 wp fans.

5. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

I love this new "colored paper" and "graph pages" looks.. Its look fresh and lighten up the UI. Indeed a great UI overhaul. Its looks flat (not too flat) and natural.

9. N3Z1droid

Posts: 89; Member since: Jan 02, 2014

43 = BB, WP & iOS die hard fans. Well thats make sense....

15. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Why did Android fans even bring up WP here in this strictly Android related article? ................. That says a lot....

18. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

80% market share is not worried about the 5%, get over it and your wp illusions.

20. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Maybe they are just trying to beat Liveitup to the punch since he and a few others do the opposite. Especially when it comes to the flat design....

16. benhar156

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

good to see some nice colors

17. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

It looks like a Photoshop class day 1 design.

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