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Video: Android Team Explains the Design Choices Behind the New Google Play Apps

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In this week’s Android Design in Action show, Android team designers Marco Paglia and Owen Otto take us on a tour of the process involved in recreating Google Play (version 4.0) and its accompanying apps. As you know, the new Google Play features a card-style design that is responsive to the type of device you are using, but it’s also about putting bigger images in your face, making content easier to find, and navigating a breeze. This 30-minute clip explains scaling, grid sizes, and the choices behind the entire new look of Google Play and Google Music that you are using today.

Whether you are an app designer or not, it’s always interesting to dive into the minds of someone on the Android team, especially when they let you inside their thought process when it comes to major overhaul of an app we use all of the time.

Also, here are a bunch of the slides from the video if you want the shortened version of it all.

  • rmagruder

    Google Play’s app still has a problem: The stacked triple dot design for menus. If you get a grid full of app cards up, and you want to bring up the menu to add to wishlist or directly install, you will, on most phone-sized devices, miss the triple dots a good percentage of the time, and instead tap on the adjacent card or the selected card, loading its description, images, video, etc. Those three dots are just too darned small.

  • rmagruder

    Google Play’s app still has a problem: The stacked triple dot design for menus. If you get a grid full of app cards up, and you want to bring up the menu to add to wishlist or directly install, you will, on most phone-sized devices, miss the triple dots a good percentage of the time, and instead tap on the adjacent card or the selected card, loading its description, images, video, etc. Those three dots are just too darned small.

  • Ike Plemons

    totally showing the new nexus 7 in this video. Thinner side
    bezel than the current model.

    • Adam Johnson

      That’s what I was wondering? More of a iPad mini ratio… which is a very good thing.

      • James Jun

        Its just screenshots slapped on Nexus 7 renders haphazardly. You can see the see the screenshots for the Nexus 4 are also kinda messed up.

  • Firelight

    I’ve been enjoying this show lately and love the fact that Google is releasing these. They give you the nice inside scoop on these designs w/o being to geeky. Nice to see they can present themselves professionally and not too nervous-Ned-ish.

  • DanWazz

    Interesting. Nice to see why they do what they do.

  • wade_county

    The ADiA series is awesome. Not “too developer-y” so any android enthusiast can watch it. Now I value design more than ever, plays a major factor if I download an app.

  • ddevito

    For the first time, I can say with confidence Android is now better designed and better looking than iOS (7)

  • Bionic

    How about a Droid Life app? It would make checking the news when you’re on the go so much easier. hehe

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      Thanks for your interest in a Droid Life application for Android devices. We currently have nothing to announce at this time.

      Thanks so much,

      Tim-o-tato
      Head of PR and Communications ;)

      • Bionic

        LOL, so in other words “hint hint”