Google Launches Android Design Site to Promote Better App Design

Ryan Whitwam

Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) update is perhaps the biggest departure for the platform since its inception. There is a completely new visual style, and Mountain View is finally approaching the platform with design in mind. To those ends, Google has launched the new Android Design site to help app developers make beautiful and consistent apps that fit in with the new Android aesthetic.

The entire Android framework has been overhauled with the new Holo theme, which is based on sharp edges, blue tones, and clarity. The Android design site is not written in a way that only programmers can understand, a nice departure for Google. it explains how icons should be designed, where to use gestures, how navigation should work, and a lot more.

It’s not like Google is going to reject apps from the Market for not following this document. The entire thing is framed more as a polite suggestion. Going forward, Android developers will finally have a readily available guide for designing attractive apps. Do you think developers will embrace Google’s new dev guidelines.

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