Google Releases Official Android Design Stencils; Drang & Drop Your Way To Beautiful Android Apps

With Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Google’s main motive was to make the whole OS look beautiful. The company wanted to get rid of the “clunky/ugly UI” tag that is associated with Android. With ICS, the company has been successful in creating an OS that is not only functional, but also looks beautiful.

However, a beautiful OS is only part of the story. Majority of the Android apps still look as ugly as Harvey Dent’s face in The Dark Knight. For the first time in Android’s history, Google released set of guidelines, took some steps to create a unified experience and a website dedicated to creating beautiful apps for Android. From a developer point of view, Android Design was a great place to start and know the required steps to create a beautiful looking Android app. Sadly, Google for some strange reason did not release stencils that would make the job of developers a hell lot easier, and save them quite a few hours of work as well.

With the requests to release stencils bombing Google everyday, the big G today finally updated the Android Design website to add stencils. This will allow developers to simply drag and drop their way to creating beautiful Android apps. At the moment, the stencils are available for popular designing apps like Adobe Fireworks and Omni OmniGraffle. The source files for the icons are also available for download. Interested Android app developers can get more information and download link of the stencils here.

Google Releases Android Design To Help Developers Create Beautiful Android Apps

Back in October, Google announced the next major version of Android – Ice Cream Sandwich – which laid major emphasis on making Android beautiful and much more user-friendly.However, the OS is only one part of the equation. Apps also need to be beautiful and simple to use, just like the OS.

Sadly, like Android OS, Android Apps are also known to look like piece of shit, and have a non user-friendly UI, and inconsistent UI. One major reason behind this is that Google, unlike Apple and Microsoft, does not provide developers with any specific guidelines on how to create beautiful Android apps. Until now that is!

Today, Google has released Android Design, a place where Android developers can learn the principles, building blocks and patterns for creating high-quality Android apps. The big G has provided an exhaustive amount of information in Android Design so as to help developers.

Android developers don’t┬ánecessarily┬áneed to follow the principles mentioned by Google, but it is highly recommended they do so, so that they can maintain a consistent UI experience across Android devices. I seriously hope all popular Android app developers will update their apps based on the UI principle from Android, and help in improving the quality of apps in the Android Market.