Friday, August 18, 2017

I wanted to give a quick shout out to two Android apps that designers and app UI developers might find very useful in their work. Designer Tools package multiple helpful features into one app. You can can use a grid overlay to check your component alignment, you can overlay your screen with a semi-transparent  [ Read More ]

 – Doing Android wrong makes me distrust your product’s future. Time after time I keep running to this same issue: hardware companies don’t get Android. Companies building expensive products are either completely failing in their mobile app strategy across the board or put all their efforts to their iOS app effectively making their Android apps  [ Read More ]

Yahoo! have been busy building Android apps some of which are among the most beautiful apps on the platform. When the first of the new generation apps, Yahoo Weather, launched there was controversy about some of the UX decisions made in the otherwise gorgeous apps. I wrote about them here and even Matias Duarte chimed in  [ Read More ]

This is a post I’ve been wanting to write for years but it hasn’t been possible before. Google’s apps on Android have been similar mixture of styles and patterns as we’ve seen in Android apps in general. But now it is finally changing. Google has unified their app UX and visual style. Most of their  [ Read More ]

Ankur Kotwal from Google just released the fifth part of his DevBytes: Making Apps Beautiful series to the Android Developers YouTube channel. Each episode of the series introduces an important part of designing any Android app. Ankur then goes through the design approach as well as explains how it is implemented in code. The series tells  [ Read More ]

I’m often asked which apps I’d recommend to new Android designers to look at as great examples. It’s not always an easy question to answer. Often apps have great designs but have weaknesses as well. I usually endup qualifying my answer by pointing out specific parts of the apps I endup sending as recommendations. In  [ Read More ]

In Android blogs, especially design related ones, we often get stuck talking about app visuals and if they do follow the Android design guidelines or not etc. While I think that is important I don’t think that is the most important issue in design. More important than looks or even following guidelines is that the  [ Read More ]

Let’s face it. Google Play Store is full of apps that are stuck in the pre-holo world of Android Gingerbread. When Android 4.0 ICS gave us a unified style language, Holo, and later the Android design guidelines the old apps all started to look outdated overnight. These apps need a facelift, a redesign. In the latest  [ Read More ]

Andy Rubin’s “I don’t think there should be apps specific to a tablet” comment is probably the most misunderstood quote in the history of Android platform. It is still been quoted by general public as the reason why there are no Android tablet apps (which isn’t true btw). Andy Rubin did not mean that Android app  [ Read More ]

In the last 6 months we have seen a flood of apps that have gained reputation on iOS being brought over to Android. Unfortunately many of these apps have been design disasters. Almost all of these apps fall into the same trap: not learning the target platform before doing the design. Android is not iOS.  [ Read More ]

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