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Mario Tomás Serrafero · Feb 27, 2015

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 what I think is really interesting about this last bit is just how apparent the different approaches are. I'm not just talking about the aesthetics,...

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Mario Tomás Serrafero · Feb 20, 2015

Customization of Third Party Apps: Right or Wrong?

Aesthetics have been a major focal point of the latest updates to Android, and with Material Design bringing new guidelines, many developers jumped into the trend of grandiosely humble, mutely colorful and deeply flat applications. The result is a bunch of new skins that give the OS a more consistent look - or so they should. On paper, Material Design was going to be the unification of the ecosystem into a coherent and cohesive environment, but it fell flat on...

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GermainZ · Oct 14, 2014

Design Your App with Ease Using B2tsoftware Online Tool

When making an application, thinking about its design is often an underestimated but important step. After all, it's what your users see, so it's crucial to keep it clean and intuitive (especially for less technical apps). Depending on the nature of your app, it might be a good idea to plan this step ahead instead of implementing it straight away and testing it as you build it. A paper and pencil are good starting points to get the basic layout,...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jan 15, 2014

Change the Look of XDA Developers with Unofficial Dark XDA User Style

XDA has a number of themes that can be selected by members. The newest one is XDA 2013 Beta, which was introduced a little over a year ago. It has a fair number of nice features, but not every member likes the brownish color style. Luckily on the Internet, you can change the look of almost everything. XDA is no exception. A few weeks back, we talked about an unofficial stylesheet that made the XDA 2013 Beta theme look a...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 9, 2013

Unofficial Stylesheet Makes the XDA 2013 Theme Look More Old School

Like almost any large forum, XDA allows its users to select from a variety of forum themes. The current XDA 2013 Beta theme is default, and features many new features compared to previous versions. However, the older XDA 2010 theme still has plenty of users who love its simplicity and appearance, or simply are nostalgic. XDA Forum Moderator GermainZ, who created a dark user style we talked about a few months ago, modified the XDA 2013 Beta – 1024 theme...

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Mike Szczys · Jun 20, 2013

Dos and Don’ts of Android Design

As long as you're coming from some type of programming background, the unseen part of app programming will not be very hard. Java is a pretty forgiving language and a good IDE makes all the difference. But that doesn't mean the User Interface is going to be easy. A fair amount of upfront planning for the user experience will save you time tenfold when it comes to writing the code. XDA Forum Member Leafhill wrote a thoughtful post covering common mistakes in Android...

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Conan Troutman · Jun 14, 2013

Dark Userstyle For XDA-Developers.com

Considering how many people feel an overwhelming urge to tweak the aesthetics of their devices, whether that is a mobile home screen or PC desktop, it's no surprise that the same urge has also extended to the sites that we browse. Although web designers spend huge amounts of time meticulously tweaking the layout of a site and sometimes even offering multiple layouts to choose from (XDA being no exception), as the old saying goes, "You can't please all the people...

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Samantha · May 12, 2013

App and Graphics Designs: Avoiding the Pitfalls

When it comes to designing your app or graphics, there are most definitely more than a few pitfalls to avoid, and these should be considered when you don your designer cap. Especially when just starting out, these potential issues may be hard to see on your path to development success. Sometimes even the smallest things may be the most important aspect of your app, such as the icon, the name, or even the colors. So instead of allowing you to...

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Samantha · Apr 28, 2013

Need Help Designing Your Android App?

Sure you do. I mean, why not? Help is always welcome and encouraged, so go ahead and help yourself to an extensive compilation of resources that may help you design your Android app, courtesy of XDA Senior Member and PimpMyRom developer Androguide.fr. Posted in the recently introduced App Development Forums, the compilation includes a variety of different resources that may be useful in helping you design your application. Categories include: Online tools Offline tools Custom views and libraries Websites and blogs Videos...

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