Google intros Android Design to help developers improve the look and feel of their appsAlex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
When Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich made its debut last year, the new OS brought with it quite a few visual changes, including things like a redesigned dock/app launcher and a new font called Roboto. Today Google announced that it's going to help app developers build and tweak their apps to look their best and be more consistent with Ice Cream Sandwich itself with the introduction of Android Design. The site serves as a guide to show developers different styles and building blocks that they can use to create attractive apps, and it includes plenty of images, examples and tips to help devs get going.
Many folks feel that Android apps can often less polished and consistent than software found on other platforms, but Google's introduction of Android Design today looks to help change that. There's even a large section found on the site that's dedicated to helping developers that decide to port their app to multiple platforms and showing them how to make the Android version of that app feel right at home within the OS. It's great to see Google working to help its developers craft better, more consistent apps, and although the company won't be forcing anyone to follow the guidelines found on Android Design, it'd probably be wise for devs to take a peek at the site to see what they can learn about sprucing up their Android offerings.