If you attended Google I/O, then you likely haven’t forgotten Google’s promise – that they would send you a Moto 360 as soon as it became available from Motorola. Even though we still don’t have an official launch date from Motorola, we know that those specifics are coming on September 4 at a press event. In an email rolling out this morning to Google I/O attendees, Google is reminding folks that the watch is coming soon, maybe even sooner than we had expected. (more…)
Last week, Google released the source code for their Google I/O app. Since the app is used as a reference for new design guidelines with Android apps, this is a pretty big deal for app developers, especially those looking to adopt Google’s newest set of guidelines, Material Design, and implement them into their own apps.
In a follow-up to last week’s release, Roman Nurik (the lead designer of the I/O app and master of DashClock and Muzei) took to the Android Developers Blog to share his team’s design thinking of this year’s app. Not only does he walk you through the thought process and changes between releases of the I/O app, he also talks about Material Design shadows, colors, layouts, grids, and more.
Material Design introduces massive changes to app design that I can only imagine will take time for designers to get the hang of. If you want to see and learn about Material Design, this is a must read and watch.
In case you missed any of the action at Google I/O 2014, here is your highlight video.
During Google I/O 2014, we saw the beginning of a new set of design guidelines take shape in the form of Material Design. Google wants all of its products across all platforms to look a certain way, with layers, depth, motion, and even a sense of texture or the feel of touch as you swipe around something like Gmail. But even though Material Design was unveiled, the only instances of it in the wild at this point are some of the stock apps built-in to the Android L preview. We have yet to see Google give us fully redesigned Maps or Hangouts or Calendar apps. Sure, Google+ saw a massive redesign a couple of months back that took on parts of Material Design, but it even has some work in front of it to look like what was shown at I/O.
Thankfully, they gave us all sorts of glimpses of the current work being done to Gmail and even Google Play. The Gmail mini-preview was shown during the keynote, but if you looked at the specific developer sessions for Google Play and Material Design, you got an entire preview of what the new Play store is going to look like. From the massive content being displayed in backgrounds or at the top of listings, to the simpler layout that feels less cluttered, to sharing and purchasing buttons being easily identified, this is going to be a major change. (more…)
The entire 3-hour Google I/O 2014 keynote is up and ready for your consumption. In case you missed our ridiculous live blog that featured talk of Android L and all of its redesigned goodness through Material Design, Android Auto, Google Fit, Android TV, and of course, Android Wear, then I would suggest at least taking a look at the first two hours. Oh, Tim and I also make a couple of appearances, so you have that to look forward to. (more…)
The first Android Wear watches are now available, so what do you think – are you buying one? As of today, you can pre-order the LG G Watch or Samsung Gear Live and have them at your front door within a couple of weeks. Or are you holding out for the Moto 360, which Google would only continue to confirm is “coming this summer”? Or are you not interested at all?
It’s time for some I/O-related polls. First up – are you buying either the G Watch or Gear Live?
Android L, from what we can see so far, is a major redesign for the OS. App color schemes and various layouts are changing considerably inside of system applications, which might have Android L as one of the most distinguishable updates the OS has ever received. For example, colors for system volumes are now going to be a bright yellow instead of Holo Blue, and many other apps and lists seem to be much more vibrant. (more…)
The Play Services update allows apps to “more easily communicate” with wearables, which makes sense since Android Wear was a big part of today’s festivities. It lets developers build in game saving, Quests, and new game profiles to Play Games. There are new Wallet, Drive, Google Cast, Analytics, and Mobile Ads features as well.
The full list can be seen below. (more…)