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Why Material Design Didn’t Achieve the Grand Unification it Originally Aimed For

The Ideology Behind Material Design Material Design's ideology centers around the user, synthesizing a visual language by combining the classic principles of good design with the innovation and possibility of technology and science. The Google Design team aimed high, with a vision that most designers would deem impossible, but Google's very philosophy is centered around moonshots...

On Plagiarism, Piracy in Design, and the HTC Themes Outrage

Android has matured by leaps and bounds as a mobile platform, winning the hearts of consumers worldwide and quickly establishing its dominance in the sphere, while simultaneously spreading to other ones. While Andy Rubin's brainchild does offer a host of options and variety that its competitors lack, the winning feature of Android is undoubtedly its customization options...

From Lines and Text to Material Apps: A Capitulation of Design Trends Over Time

When the point of contact between the product and the people becomes a point of friction, then the industrial designer has failed. Stop reading. Take a moment to think back, and ask yourself, which was the last app you used? And no, using Chrome to read this doesn't count. Now, focus on the app. What made you...

Matias Duarte, The Man Behind Everything “Design” at Google

Matías Gonzalo Duarte Sunkel Born: January 30, 1973 Education: University of Maryland, College Park Occupation: VP of Design, Google Previously: Danger, Helio, Palm   Over the past decade, Android has grown manifold under Google’s guiding hand, going from Andy Rubin’s pet project to the largest-by-far mobile operating system in today’s market. The growth curve saw many pivotal moments, each marking a milestone...

Material Misconceptions: What Developers Get Wrong in Material Design

Google's annual I/O conference has always been a field day for developers, but I/O 2014 brought what was perhaps one of the most groundbreaking revelations in the history of mobile design. As Matias Duarte, Google's VP of Design took to the stage, the screens behind him rippled and revealed the beauty that was Google's foray into a...

Battle Royale: Stock Android vs. OEMs — Which Side are You on?

It seems that not all OEM’s like the stock look of Android very much, be it because of profitability or contempt, and this led them to create their own custom skins. Almost all mainstream OEM’s have their own skins, from Samsung’s cluttered Touchwiz to HTC’s minimalist Sense UI. We all know much about them, from their...

Survival of the Fittest – Evolution of Flagship Design Over the Years

Each passing year has seen a constant slew of devices being released, each packing the latest hardware features combined with the freshest Android release out of Mountain View, and with mainstream processors dominating the mobile scene, very little sets apart these flagships from each other. One of the major deciding factors in this neck-and-neck race has come...

Opinion: Fit and Finish Work Best With a Focus on In-Hand Feel

Frequent XDA readers might remember my Note5 review, which came out not too long ago. Since that was published, I’ve been testing other devices and have not been able to “daily drive” the Samsung's shiny phablet for further testing -- a particular frustration given the ROM scene is starting to pick up thanks to dedicated...

Galaxy A8: Confirmation Of Samsung’s Design Revolution

A few days ago, images of the new Samsung Galaxy A8 surfaced online on Chinese website pconline.com.cn. The Samsung Galaxy A8 will reportedly feature a 1.5 GHz 64-bit Snapdragon 615 processor along with Adreno 405 GPU. The phone will also feature 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, which thankfully, will be expandable via a...

Material [Re]design

With Material Design seeing increasingly widespread adoption, it is clear the environment is here to stay for the foreseeable future. As such, we are seeing developers and users a like voicing their opinions on the new style frequently, but how does the community as a whole view MD? We recently asked you whether you preferred Material...

Design Woes: Can We Get What We Want?

There are many things to love about the mobile industry, and when it comes to Android, I think one of them is that there's something for just about everyone. The OEMs of today cover many different demographics for those that want this, or that. And things like a phone's design aren't excluded either - but...
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