Android Design – Ice Cream Sandwich
Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) marks a major milestone for Android design. We touched nearly every pixel of the system as we expanded the new design approaches introduced in Honeycomb tablets to all types of mobile devices. Starting with the most basic elements, we introduced a new font, Roboto, designed for high-resolution displays. Other big changes include framework-level action bars on phones and support for new phones without physical buttons.
Android’s system UI provides the framework on top of which you build your app. Important aspects include the Home screen experience, global device navigation, and notifications.
Your app will play an important part in keeping the overall Android experience consistent and enjoyable to use. At the end of this chapter we introduce the main elements for achieving this goal in your app.
While designing apps to work with Android, consider these goals:
Beauty is more than skin deep. Android apps are sleek and aesthetically pleasing on multiple levels.
Simplify my life
Android apps make life easier and are easy to understand. When people use your app for the first time, they should intuitively grasp the most important features.
Make me amazing
It’s not enough to make an app that is easy to use. Android apps empower people to try new things and to use apps in inventive new ways.
What we have other than this?
- Design Principles
- UI Overview
- Building Blocks
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