June 24, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Google I/O 2014 is a mere 35 hours away, and many of us are hoping for the release of the next major version of Android, thus far only known as “L.” Whether or not Android “L” makes its appearance at I/O, we already know quite a bit about it.
At this point, we have a few relatively concrete details about the upcoming Android “L” release. We know that Dalvik will soon be shown the door in favor of ART, and we know that quite a bit of emphasis has been placed in the 64-bit codebase. And through rumors detailing the new Quantum Paper UI paradigm, we also have a good idea of what the next major version of Android will look like.
Now thanks to an issue posted to the Chromium issue tracker that was discovered earlier today by redditor Doopl, we have an even clearer picture of what L may look like. The issue itself (now-removed issue tracker entry 382592) is of little consequence itself, but it deals with Chrome’s layout not observing screen orientation changes. Although the issue tracker entry itself has been made private or deleted, information on the now-fixed bug can still be found on Google Groups:
Comment #1 on issue 382592 by email@example.com: Upgrade screen should
respect screen orientation
The following change refers to this bug:
Comment #2 on issue 382592 by firstname.lastname@example.org: Upgrade screen shouldrespect screen orientation
Note that due to the necessity to fit the header and the buttons, the
scrolled area has been expanded to contain the text in the bottom.
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In addition to the portrait layout shown above, the issue tracker also showed a screenshot displaying the issue above when in landscape mode:
Both screenshots come in at 1280×768 resolution and feature software navigation keys, which means that this is likely a Nexus 4. In the screenshots, Chrome Browser isn’t shown to be running full screen, which jives with earlier rumors of a redesigned cards-based multitasking system, and the app itself also features Quantum Paper-like design elements.
Also of note in these screenshots is a big L icon, which is likely the tentative USB debugging symbol for the upcoming L release. In addition, there is a silenced alarm icon, whcih likely indicates some kind of built-in quiet hours functionality. Finally, it appears as if Android L will do away with KitKat’s status bar gradient in favor of a flatter look.
What are your thoughts on these unintentionally discovered screenshots? Are you a fan of this potential new look, or do you think that the move towards this cards UX metaphor is less than ideal? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
[Many thanks to everyone who sent in the reddit link!]
As you may already be aware, rumor has it that Google is planning to redefine the overall UI look and feel in Android. Not too long ago, we talked about Quantum Paper, the rumored unified UI that may define Google products across all platforms. These changes may be unveiled very soon, as Google is gearing up for its I/O event next week.
If you are eager to achieve a similar effect to this rumored UI paradigm in your application, there are ways to make your own apps more Quantum Paper-like. In order to show developers how to easily achieve this, XDA Senior Member krishneelg3 outlined the process. The tools that you need, in addition to basic coding knowledge, are an Android IDE like Eclipse or Android Studio and a good image editor to edit the graphics.
Krishneelg3 explains all this in detail, with regards to what needs to be changed to apply this new UI. The developer was also kind enough to provide a package with resources, which will help you out in smooth transition into a Quantum Paper-like UI. To complete the process, some changes in various XML files are needed, but everything is served on a metaphorical silver platter.
If you are an app developer and want to change the look of your projects to be up-to-date with the newest Android UI concepts, head over to the guide thread to learn more about Quantum Paper transformation.
June 15, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
A few days ago, we talked about the rumored future of Android’s UI. Dubbed “Quantum Paper,” this initiative aims to deliver a much more consistent user experience across all Google products when accessed through Android, the Web, and even iOS.
One of the expected UI tweaks that we may see if and when Quantum Paper comes to fruition is the widespread use of tinted and translucent status bars. This, along with app-specific action bar colors, will lead to a highly unified user interface in Google’s core applications. But luckily, we don’t have to wait in order to enjoy a taste of some of the UI stylings that may make their way into the next version of Android.
Inspired by the previously covered Tinted Status Bar Xposed Module and by the rumored Quantum Paper UI, XDA Forum Member Woalk created Tinted Translucent StatusBar. This module allows you to make your status and navigation bars translucent, with a predefined color. The module also lets you to define how to handle applications with and without built-in action bars, and you are able to set this for every activity in every app.
If you’ve been looking for a way to clean up and unify your Android UI a tad and you have Xposed Framework installed, you may want to give this module a shot. You can get started by heading over to the module thread. And if you want to build off of this module to create something similar, head over to the project’s Github.
June 11, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
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.
What are your thoughts on Android’s ever evolving design language? Let us know in the comments below!