Android and the silent transformation of Material Design
March 11, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
Android is determined to maintain its dominant position at all costs and for that, it launches new versions that in addition to correcting historical failures reported by users in matters such as privacy and resource management, also aim to offer millions of people a greater capacity Customization This is achieved thanks to the addition of new themes, colors and a new management of the icons and applications that it provides to consumers, a freedom when it comes to configuring their tablets and smartphones that until recently lacked in an attempt of the system The world's most widely used operative to break all of the above.
Over the past few weeks, we have been learning more details about Android N, the new version that is expected to be released later this year and will begin to be present in new devices from 2017. However, with the latest versions, Lollipop and Marshmallow, which are making a growing gap with the passing of days, also appear functions and features Highlights that become the basis of this operating system. and that already show us that it is undergoing a silent but radical transformation. Here we talk about Material Design and we tell you what this method used by those of Mountain View consists of to advance one more step in the definitive interaction of hundreds of millions of people with their tablets and smartphones.
Holo, the antecedent
Material Design is a project started some years ago and that is currently replacing Holo gradually, the previous Android interface that is shown more clearly in versions such as 4 and based on a change in all visual aspects from the desktop to a typography and design of icons that allowed on the one hand, a easy location of apps by users and on the other, a compatibility maximum with all types of media regardless of the size of their screens and their resolution.
What is Material Design?
Following in part the lines of Holo, this new format perfect the bases of the previous one by drawing a basic guideline: Each application has its place. To achieve this, on the one hand, a normative that all the elements created and available for Android, must follow, and on the other, aspects are improved as the depth of icons, borders and shaded.
What is its operation?
The Material Design key is easy. The developers create the elements layer by layer and nest all elements from the most basic, starting from the pixel. With this you get that the Interface can interpret the lights itself and create animations that increase realism with the aim of improving the user experience. With this, according to its creators, the compatibility in the different terminals since, Android, has a great fragmentation that translates into more than 24,000 different models that incorporate this operating system.
Currently, Material Design He faces several setbacks. Although it was officially presented in 2014 and the new versions of Android that we are seeing, are gradually incorporating this element, the number of applications that are suitable for the new format is still reduced, which could imply that the application of this regulation to homogenize the visual appearance of everything that is manufactured for Android, is still in a early stage. On the other hand, it highlights the fact that great platforms like Dropbox or to a greater extent, Whatsapp, they are still anchored in Holo, the previous interface and that, with its new updates, do not seem to adapt to Material Design. Finally, the last open front comes from the wearable side since many users question that this format can be fully compatible with other media such as smartwatches.
As you have seen, Google and Android They intend to go a step further in the interaction of devices with users by incorporating more attractive but also more intuitive visual designs. However, as we mentioned earlier, Material Design It still faces a series of important challenges before millions of consumers can fully enjoy the new features that this format incorporates. As happens in all areas of the Consumer electronics, time will be in charge of deciding on the success of this new interface through its reception by the public, which should gradually adapt to this new way of relating to our tablets and smartphones and that still arouses some misgivings among many . After learning more about another of the initiatives in which Mountain View is currently working, do you think it is a significant advance that will revolutionize the use of green robot software and that will facilitate the use of terminals, or however, Do you think that some years must still pass to fully enjoy this design without major failures or shortcomings? You have available more related information such as, for example, the news that are already coming to light on Android N so you can give your opinion.