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Here’s how top designers are responding to Google’s gorgeous new Android UI

Published Jun 30th, 2014 11:21AM EDT
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Google turned a lot of heads last week at Google I/O with the introduction of Material Design, a new user interface which will permeate Android L upon its release. The reaction from the Android user base has been overwhelmingly positive, but how do the people who develop software for mobile devices feel about the new design? VentureBeat got in touch with some of the industry’s top designers in order to find out.

“I think Material design is another great step for Google, proving design is becoming more and more important in their culture,” said Renato Valdés, cofounder of the Human activity tracker app. “While overall I think it can still use some refinement, the magic shines through in animations and transitions.”

Valdés hopes that he and his team can quickly adopt the new design into their workflow. On the other hand, some designers don’t see Material Design as enough of a departure from the current interface.

“My initial reaction is positive, without a doubt. Despite looking great, however, Material doesn’t strike me as something that seems like such a massive departure from Google’s current design language,” said Grace LaRosa, UX designer at R/GA. “It’s clean, focused, minimal; all things we’ve come to expect as makers and users today.”

The overall takeaway is that everyone thinks Material Design is a big step in the right direction, but some designers think Google may have stopped short of a complete revitalization of the Android OS. We’ve still got several months before the actual release though, so there’s no telling what the final product will look like this fall. Check out the full article from VentureBeat in the source link below.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.