It's not often I look at a product or service and say "I really really hope this isn't real, and it's an elaborate fake". Alas, this day has come. It's time for a look at something which cropped up on my radar today, namely a service called FileThis. I won't do them the search-engine-ranking honor of providing a direct link to their site, but a quick search will find them, and their app on the Play Store and iTunes store....
This is Material Design, Android’s New UI Paradigm
You may recall that a few weeks ago, we talked about Quantum Paper and how it aims to bring a unified design paradigm to all of Google’s products. Then just minutes before the start of the Google I/O 2014 keynote (which is currently going on, FYI), the Android Developers YouTube channel dropped a little tidbit about the future of Android. Now, head of Android User Experience Matias Duarte officially unveiled Material Design, which defines not only the user interface design on Android, but also across all screens.
Android Material Design is key to the fresh new look in Android L. Because humans are wired to understand shapes, Material Design is inspired by paper and ink. But unlike its analog counterpart, Material Design is able to reform dynamically thanks to a new elevation value and surfaces that respond to motion and offer splashes of animated, color feedback. In addition to the new paradigm, Material Design offers seamless animations from any screen to any other, even between activities and apps.
Polymer will be used to create Material Design-compliant layouts. And in order to to do this more easily, Google has updated its its design guidelines with best practices and more.
This is a massive visual overhaul, folks, and it looks like a good one. What do you think of Material Design? Let us know in the comments below!
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More and more smartphone manufacturers have been moving towards on-screen buttons, with Google really pushing for it over the physical button alternative. However, there are still a few OEMs (we're looking at you, Samsung) that have preferred to keep things a bit more traditional. Tell us which way you prefer and why.
While there are frequent unexplained changes and pushes to Google's AOSP repositories, an interesting-looking new branch has been pushed out recently, called "master-soong". Taking a look at the changes made to the manifest repository (which is used to specify the repositories to be downloaded when building Android), it appears there are some new repositories making an appearance. Of note here are new prebuilt repositories for Go, and Ninja. Go is a programming language, created by Google, which compiles to produce...