The operating system Android L is one feature around which opinions were divided. It is widely discussed Material Design. Application developers and device manufacturers will not be easy with him. Some people believe that minimalism and elegant application by Google praiseworthy. Others have called the new design flat and “empty”. There is a third view that the Android OS thus likened her main rivals, Apple iOS and Microsoft Windows Phone.
Browser Android Authority Simon Hill believes this third point of view, devoid of any meaning and proposes to consider a more serious issue of the” material “design a new mobile operating system, the search giant.
To begin with you should know that Material Design – this is not just a shell, is built on the platform. This is a new set of fundamental design principles on which is based Android. He suggests the depth and uniformity of all actions, as well as a clear response to the operating system to the user. In short, Material Design – the very foundation of the OS. Something that makes Android recognizable on any device.
Meanwhile, manufacturers of mobile devices users prefer to offer their own interfaces. How to motivate them to use the “visual language» Google in their applications? How to overcome the known problem of the fragmentation of the market of Android-devices?
To get an idea of ??the depth of the problem, it is sufficient to access the data itself Google. Only 17.9% of Android users use KitKat 4.4, the latest version of the mobile OS. Another 56.5% used three versions of the Jelly Bean.
And this is the main argument against the developers to work on applying the principles of Material Design. After that take a year or more to the number of users Android L was significant.
Developers can put a lot of effort into the design of their new applications and only a small percentage of users will be able to assess these efforts and take full advantage of the benefits that they carry with them. Serious difficulties arise and the need to maintain backward compatibility. As all these delights will look at previous versions of Android, elegant or clumsy? How many developers have to work hard to ensure that their applications looked good on all versions of the operating system?
developers are familiar with the principles of design changes
More than two years have passed since the advent of Holo Everywhere, new system theme, offers a standard design elements for applications. Google requires a complete device based on Android 4.0 and newer versions of the OS theme Holo, but there is no rule which would force it to use. Google does not hurry up with detailed design guidelines, and developers are in no hurry to follow them. But, apparently, begins something new, unseen before.
Apparently, Google for the last two years have learned a lot. A preliminary version of Material Design under the new beta Android provided to developers who can get acquainted with the new operating system, and with the design principles that underlie it. And, of course, Material Design more impressive from an aesthetic point of view, the Holo.
applications for mobile platforms Google – among the most widespread in the world. Millions of people get used to a new “visual language» Google and learn the new rules of interaction with the user interface. And developers can not afford to procrastinate. There are detailed instructions for the design, a set of templates and content for developers.
Google seeks to teach the content creators to uniformity. This means that applications and sites should be the same, that is to offer visitors and users of the same content, the same pictures and unified structure, regardless of which device the user enters. Material Design offers a solution to achieve this goal with maximum ease. And developers can move from trial and error to create your own elegant solutions.
It encourages developers to adapt their content for Material Design. Does not make, namely gives developers such opportunities, from which many of them will be delighted. First of all, delight cause those potential benefits that will get those creators of applications that will be among the first developers of content, adapted to the requirements of Material Design.
Google would be difficult to dictate their demands device manufacturers. The search giant can not require them to not build on their program shell. But Android Silver program is an attempt to create a standard that seemed impossible before. Developers themselves invited to agree to the idea of ??creating devices on pure Android, without customized shells blowing and operating system software.
Do I need software add-on device manufacturers? This issue is becoming more and more controversial. Google is now able to connect to its new operating system power and minimalism. And it is beneficial to all, except the creators of phones that are used to inflate the operating system for its shells.
Is the end of the era of openness Android?
not surprising that between Google and manufacturers of Android-devices most important of which is the Samsung, mature contradictions. South Korean tehnogigant gradually begins to promote its OS Tizen, the first smartphone that already announced. This is the first serious attempt “samsungovtsev” to distance themselves from the OS, whose popularity is unrivaled among other mobile platforms.
Downloader Google Now Launcher means moving the mobile operating system from search giant Google into a new stage, the stage of self-sufficiency. His “material design» Google demonstrated its power devices manufacturers.
well known that Google would like to see device manufacturers have ceased to be zealous in creating user interfaces and other “tweaks.” Ideally, this would allow users to experience the benefits of a pure Android. They would be easier to get used to the next device. But, on the other hand, the possibility of customizing the platform for many is the most attractive quality Android. Today, we see that pure Android takes over the tasks previously performed popular third-party applications, add-ins, device manufacturers and customized firmware.
In October 2013, reporting on the conference, Google CEO Larry Page said:
We are close to our goal, which is to create an attractive, simple and intuitive use of devices, regardless of the devaysa.
Material Design – another step towards achieving this goal, but it is also a step towards the attainment by Google more control over their operating system. After all, if Android does not lead people into the ecosystem Google, it does not perform the task that it lays the search giant.
Probably in Android Wear, TV and Auto search giant will not allow producers to build on its shell. This new platform, and “from scratch» Google can formulate new rules. As for smartphones and tablets based on Android, then the search giant will be difficult to change the tradition that each manufacturer and each developer can use Android as a “designer” for the realization of his dreams.
What do you think whether there will be a place in the future of the casing and software add-ins? And whether they are necessary? What does the Google Android’u gain control over it? Increasing popularity of pure Android or, conversely, decreased interest in the platform, stop being so attractive open?