Will Verduzco · Jan 12, 2012 at 07:58 pm

Google Helps App Developers Deliver a More Polished UI

Here at XDA, our forums routinely provide enrichment to budding developers. Thanks to discussions on the intricacies of application, kernel, and ROM creation; works created here truly represent much of the best that mobile technology has to offer. However, despite the abundant development knowledge, guidance in user interface design is notably absent. In fact, aside from a few secluded places on the net, finding clear and concise advice on graphic and interface design anywhere is quite a challenge—let alone locating advice on design geared towards mobile application development.

The lack of design guidance unfortunately manifests itself in some of the ugly and unintuitive applications on the Android Market. The wonderful increases in polish and aesthetics that were injected into Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich mean next to nothing when every app opened is a distracting and cluttered mess.

Thankfully, Google is well aware of the problem and has taken the first steps at exterminating the problem at the root. To help developers achieve more unity with the new design language in Ice Cream Sandwich, Google created a site that showcases the user interface paradigms in ICS. This is accomplished through explaining why things are the way they are—all while giving copious examples and screen shots. Showcasing the three new design tenets of Google’s latest and greatest, the new site encourages developers to build apps that are enchanting, make everyday tasks easier, and empower their users.

If you’re a developer, Android Design will prove to be an invaluable resource when planning out the user experience of your next app. After all, what use is an amazingly powerful app, if it’s also an amazingly powerful eyesore.


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Aamir Siddiqui · Mar 2, 2015 at 11:11 am · no comments

Microsoft Unveils the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL

Amidst all the Android frenzy caused by the release of the HTC One M9, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet, Microsoft added its own offering, albeit non flagship, to the table with the announcement of the mid range duo of Lumia 640 and 640 XL. Marketed as being "Windows 10 ready", both these devices launch with Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box. Under the hood, they rock Qualcomm's Snapdragon 400 chipset with a 1.2 GHz Quad core CPU and...

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Faiz Malkani · Mar 2, 2015 at 10:52 am · 1 comment

New Cyanogen Inc. Brand Identity, Qualcomm Partnership

Since the formation of Cyanogen Inc. back in 2013, the company has seen a turbulent state of affairs - from breakthrough innovations and new hardware collaborators to controversial partnerships and falling outs - and the past year and a half has served to strengthen its foothold in the market. Starting out as a software provider for the OnePlus One and expanding into India with Yu Yureka, nothing has hindered the team's drive and vision, and today at MWC, Cyanogen has announced...

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Jimmy McGee · Mar 2, 2015 at 06:00 am · 1 comment

HTC One M9 & Samsung Galaxy S6 Unveiled – XDA TV

The HTC One M9 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 were unveiled at Mobile World Congress! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend's news is the announcement of the Huawei Watch Android Wear device and be sure to check out the article talking about IKEA selling Qi enabled furniture. That's not all that's covered in today's video! Be sure to check out the other videos...

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