Google Launches Android Design Website, Releases Style Guide for Developers

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In what seems like a bid to improve the designs and overall appeal of third-party applications, Google has launched a new Android design website. Called Android Design, the site has finally put up a style guide for the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) version that developers may choose to follow.

The style guide is aimed at lending some uniformity to the apps and helping developers create "visually-compelling apps". The message the site sends out is simple. Keep the text simple and friendly, with user interfaces revealing more content and enabling easier navigation.

Android devices hitting the market everyday come in a variety screen sizes and form factors. Google wants developers to make the best of Android's flexible layout system and create apps that can scale from tablets to phones. The site is loaded with info on how apps can be integrated with ICS and on ways to arrive at effective user interfaces. From word on devices & displays, themes, touch feedback to advice on metrics & grids, typography, color, iconography and writing style, the site has enough material to help developers "build apps that fit right into the general visual language of Android."

Will designers follow it? Google's Director of Android, Matias Duarte, is positive developers will find the style guide handy because adhering to it will only help their apps stand out.

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