Google has made tremendous strides in improving both the quality and consistency of Android’s user interface. Much of this drive began when the former webOS designer Matias Duarte was hired as Director of Android User Experience. We saw the first faint traces of his handiwork in Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with Android 3.0 Honeycomb being the first release to fully showcase his trademark design sense.
Despite all of the advancements that have been made in making Android itself more unified, the OS still feels a bit detached from Google’s other offerings. But according to rumors originally posted by the folks over at AndroidPolice, this may soon come to an end thanks to a new UI paradigm called “Quantum Paper.”
If this rumor is to be believed, Quantum Paper is the name for a new and unified design framework that will make all of Google’s user interfaces consistent across platforms. And as the image to your right shows, this includes Android, iOS, and the Web. Also according to the rumor, this unified user interface framework will be accessible through Project Polymer, which itself already features a Quantum Paper-like interface when resized to a small window.
Supposedly, we will see the unveiling of Quantum Paper alongside the next major Android version (corresponding to “L”). However, traces of its influence can already be seen in the recently updated Google+ app, as well as Android 4.4.3’s new dialer.
It’s been a long time coming, but it’s great that Google is taking steps towards making the user interfaces of its products more cohesive. This is of course all just a rumor until the official announcement, but given Google’s recent emphasis on Android design, it should come as no major shock to see Google bring these efforts in line with the design language available on the company’s other products.
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