January 13, 2012, 11:18 AM —
Google is trying to convince developers Android interface and app consistency would be a good thing.
The fight between Android (Google) and iPhone (Apple) covers many areas, but one area Apple wins completely is design philosophy. While iOS follows a single interface track, Android interfaces on various phones and tablets range from the almost gorgeous to the almost trainwreck. Say what you will about Apple's singular vision (Steve Jobs), but everyone follows that party line. And if Apple has a line, Android has a ball of yarn.
Enter the new Android Design site, put together by Google and their head of user experience at Android, Matias Duarte. Launched Thursday, the site aims to untangle the mess of Android interfaces and apps by offering developers insights from Android insiders, behind the scenes details, and suggestions on improving the Android user experience.
Google can encourage by highlighting apps on the marketplace that follow the guidelines well. It's not policing anybody but it's a good way to show developers they aren't screwing around.
Stocklone on slashgear.com
These guys are giving suggestions?
Visual Design guidelines are fine but a deeper redesign is much needed for Android.
TheCyberKnight on betanews.com
Will Google read their own site?
If getting a HelloWorld out is such a pain, I wonder how all those event handlings such as onClick etc etc will be.. So an entire day wasted without even gettin a HelloWorld :(
Ageless Male Review on wired.com
Does the old cliché "herding cats" apply to the constantly updated and chaotic Android market? Or the developers?