Google talked a lot Wednesday about Android L, Auto, Wear and more but what they didn’t spend much time on were app UI changes — excluding Google’s Drive suite. We saw a lot of graphical changes to the general UI of Android but they didn’t really delve deep into the apps. For those that won’t see them tomorrow, we get to check them out here.
The apps we get to check out at the moment include: Calendar, Play Music, Play Store, Play Books, Drive, Gmail, Photos, and Hangouts. One good thing to note out of all of these apps is Google’s consistency, which has been the cause of a slight uproar over the latest Google+ UI refresh. All the apps have bright bold colors, a ‘create’ button, and a flatter design. Google+ was just ahead of its time and no one knew it.
In Calendar, Gmail (which has two different-colored screenshots) and Drive we see a colored circular icon with a plus in the middle, that signifies the addition of new content — either creating a new event, uploading a new file or starting a new email. With the exception of Drive, they are all located in the bottom right corner of the app. Upon sliding down through the contents of each app, the button most likely slides away, similar to what happens in the current version of Google+.
Next up, which you can see in Gmail, Drive, Play Store (the settings screenshot), Hangouts and Play Books, the apps will have a colored header bar. The color depends on what each dev notates in the specific apps’ SDK. In all the apps it looks like Google has stuck with using the slide out navigation (either shown or hinted at with the icon in the top left of the apps), which is different from what Google is doing now with Google+, but it’s nice that a familiar aspect is staying.
One last thing we can see in these screenshots are the use of flat elements that come from Material Design and pastel colors. Some of the colors we may be used to but some are new, or are just new to that particular app.
What do you think of the design of apps that we are seeing here? Are they too much of a change from what you’re used to, is inconsistency still an issue in your eyes and will your skinned device even see apps like this? Feel free to comment below with your reactions.
Thanks Rohan Blake!: Google+