Google brings Material Design to pre-Lollipop devices

AppCompat is an API library from Google which allows older versions of Android to be compatible with the latest "Material Design" elements of the world's most popular OS. The library has been updated to v21 in the Android 5.0 SDK, which was released last Friday, and means you can start designing alongside Google's new guidelines and bring it to your current users.

What's New?

Theming

Google's new design takes away from distracting, non-essential elements. The "action bar" - which runs across the top of the...

By Ryan Daws, 23 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Design, Ecosystem, Languages, Platforms, Testing.

Designing for Android Auto: What you need to know

One of the biggest battles for major platform holders will be for the automotive. Google announced at their I/O developer conference earlier this year that the tech giant has plans to outpace competitors with Android Auto; but it stalled on providing most of the vital details.

Now Google has released a design template for Android Auto which developers must use when creating apps for the car. (It's worth remembering at this point the "apps" function as extensions of...

By Ryan Daws, 29 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Design, Development Tools, Ecosystem, Platforms.

100 ideas that changed the Web: Responsive web design

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We work, shop, play, socialize and relax in front of screens. We have a screen in our pocket, a screen on our desk, a screen on our lap and a screen in our front room. We use multiple screens at the same time. We move between screens to carry out tasks.

Whether we are consuming media on a PC, a tablet device, a smartphone or the TV, we like content optimized for that particular device. This is not easy when they all have different screen sizes and interfaces and are used...

By Jim Boulton, 29 August 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Design.

Why productivity vs control in app development is a simple matter of proportionate force

Picture the scene: you find yourself in a bar or pub, having a drink with some friends. Suddenly, a man you don’t know comes up to you and begins aggressively shouting and shoving you, spilling your drink in the process. It’s clear that you need to address the issue…but how?

Hurriedly, you form two options in your head. Do you a) ask the man to leave you alone, and, only if he persists in acting as the aggressor, call the police? Or do you choose option b) and arrange for a group of Navy SEALS to...

By Gary Calcott, 14 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Development Tools, Languages.

Ringly aims to keep you up to date but with your phone out of sight

Meet Ringly. This startup’s piece of wearable technology keeps you up to date with notifications, but makes sure you’re not pulling your phone out of your pocket every few minutes.

Utilising Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), the ring’s BLE-enabled circuit board makes the connection with the user’s phone, and is available on both iOS and Android platforms.

The ring lights up a specified colour and gives a different vibration pattern dependent on the type of notification received, be it a...

By James Bourne, 06 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Design, Devices, iOS.

WPC14: What can we expect from Windows 9?

Earlier this month, DeveloperTech reported that we may get our first taste of Windows 9 this year. It may be a little early to see a full revelation, or a public test build, but that doesn't mean Redmond can't start trying to drum up some excitement around the next release to please its users, partners, and investors alike.

Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference kicks off today and marks the perfect opportunity to prove why the company is worth sticking by - despite the widely-regarded failure of Windows 8....

By Ryan Daws, 14 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Platforms, Windows.

Google’s Material Design pays homage to Microsoft’s flat, cross-platform Modern UI

Few would call Microsoft pioneers of design. Whilst their software is powerful, its design has historically been utilitarian rather than beautiful. Apple got its name in this department, and as a result, many of the best UI designers adopted iOS and Mac.

An account, granted by a Microsoft designer, tells of the fundamental shift within the company with its approach to design over recent years. If it wasn’t obvious from the outside to see how the flat,...

By Ryan Daws, 26 June 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Design, Platforms.

Google (and Android) is getting a redesign and this is the "Quantum Paper" behind it...

DeveloperTech predicted in April that the next version of Android will be getting a complete makeover much like Apple's iOS 7. It wasn't the most outrageous of claims, in fact it was rather obvious, but if you had any doubt left then Google's internal framework for the company's new design ethos across products has come to light...

Dubbed the 'Quantum Paper' framework, it details Google's new design principles to unify the company's design across Android apps and...

By Ryan Daws, 12 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Design, Platforms, Testing.

Google’s Android 5.0 will be design-focused

Before the release of Android 4.4 “KitKat” DeveloperTech predicted version 5.0 of the OS would see a focus on a complete redesign above all else. The functionality and capabilities of Android is ahead of the competition – but few would call stock ‘droid the prettiest OS of the bunch.

Closest rival, Apple, had a design-focus in iOS7 removing all “skeuomorphic” elements and going for a flat-design reminiscent...

By Ryan Daws, 17 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Design, Platforms, Testing.

How developers can prepare for the new era of content and data

The world is about to experience an explosion of personal video and data as wearable devices become more pervasive. Wearable technology recently dominated the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, and is marked as the big topic of conversation at Mobile World Congress later this month.

According to ABI Research analyst, Aapo Markkanen, multiple device ownership and the pervasiveness of cameras that generate high quality video is strongly driving consumer cloud storage growth. But what’s...

By Jon Chang, 13 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Development Tools, Security, Testing.