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Google Unveils 'Material Design' Update Across Android, Chrome & The Web

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On day two of the Google IO conference that concluded earlier today, Google announced the release of a new design language for Android, Chrome OS, and the web.

The overarching principle behind the redesign is named ‘Material Design’, and it focuses on bringing Google’s interfaces to be perfectly in sync with reality.

Refreshing current Google interfaces to include splashes of color, tweaks in iconography, typography, playful transitions between screens and a more consistent interface hierarchy across all platforms, Google’s Android head Matias Duarte called the interface a "unifying theory of a rationalized space and a system of motion."

Emphasizing that elements, transitions, and animations should appear in a manner like it would in the physical world—like how ink blots a page or how sheets of paper flips from one page to another—Duarte adds that "Our material is grounded in tactile reality, inspired by our study of paper and ink, yet open to imagination and magic".

This design update marks the first aesthetic shift from the "Holo" UI introduced in 2012 alongside Android 4.0.

Google is also releasing a comprehensive set of guidelines and tools for developers to create web and Android apps in line with the new style. Google's refreshed phone and tablet apps will come with the "L" release of Android later this year, but they are available to developers from today.

If you are using a Chrome browser, experience Material Design for yourself at Google's Polymer Project, a testing and development platform for Google’s design and developer interfaces.


You can also download the Google+ app on your Android and iOS devices to interact with the design, which was quietly released in the app’s update last month.

Watch a video demonstration of Google’s unifying ‘Material Design’ interface below.

[via Apple Insider]
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