Android tries to find visual identity through 'Material Design', borrowing from Microsoft
Since its inception, Windows Phone has had a bold visual design language defining the core experience of the OS. Initially called Metro, Modern design gets its influence from the work of Massimo Vignelli, who famously made the NYC Subway maps, and the school of Swiss Style started in the 1950's. At Microsoft, the lineage starts with Windows Media Center, up through the ill-fated Zune HD, finally spearheading the core design of Windows Phone 7 and Windows 8.
Android though, has never had such luck. The UI has changed significantly since Android 1.0, often evolving around a very loose, almost ad-hoc set of principles. Things began to change once ex-Palm design head Matias Duarte joined the Android team back in 2010. Since then, we have seen attempts at a new language, notably the Roboto font for Android 4.0.
Now, in 2014, Android and Duarte are trying again to give definition to how Android looks across all its devices. Announced today during the Google I/O 2014 conference, the new UI is called 'Material Design.' And once again, it looks like its slipping down the Modern UI slope even further, despite Duarte's reproaches from 2011. Duarte famously criticized Microsoft's Modern design language calling it "airport lavatory signage" and "too starkly systematic."
The new UI is flatter looking and has all new geometric on screen buttons. In addition, app developers will be able to leverage the new UI across devices, which sounds analogous to Microsoft's Universal Apps initiative. Perhaps the one difference is the use of brighter pastel colors, but even the flat squares still look like something from Microsoft's playbook. Google is not alone, however, in this trend, as even Apple has moved towards a flatter, non-skeuomorphic look in iOS 7 and iOS 8.
Will Google and Android finally find their look in Android 'L'? It remains to be seen how well it is received by the masses, but there should be little doubt about who is leading this resurgent design trend. Watch the above video see Google's introduction to Material Design and let us know what you think below.
Source: Google Design, Android Central
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.
Same here :D
http://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/love-2.jpg and this: http://blenderartists.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=313204&d=140... The google look is a form of Skeumorphism. There are subtle drop shadows, things move over top of one another and the color pallete is quite pastel and 'crafty'. It's trying to look like it's handmade and has depth. The Metro look is very different, it's devoid of drop shadows and skeumorphism to the extreme. As someone else pointed out "Google is South Park". Following that Analogy "Microsoft is Strongbad".
Windows 3.x didn't even have a real desktop, bro.
and have better security :P
EDIT: but i've to say the music player at 0:34 looks sexy
Xbox should borrow some of its UI
Menus (not the menu bar,) inactive titlebars, dialog sheets, and the Dock were all transparent in 10.0. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OS_X_10.0 You mention Leopard, that's 10.5, which was the first very major overhaul of Aqua. If anything, it reduced the amount of transparency.The menubar is about the only thing that's transparent now by default. Menus and sheets are kinda.
p.s. i use W8 on my PC :P
So many things they give are AWESOME but people just get it after a while..
Live tiles..interactive tiles..metro style. Just soo many things more..
Most appealing UI for me hands down.
Extremely happy I made the move.
And where have I mentioned MS should sue Oogle..You seem to be a Droid supporter as even your username has it....
As for the rest of your comment, comparing Google to a baby is rather childish. I do think Windows Phone needs more brand identity. But, ultimately, it's Microsoft's own fault that wider adoption hasn't taken place. Patenting the UI changes nothing. They'd still have a difficult time enforcing it in court, especially since they weren't the originators of said design. And, due to recent changes in US patent law, they'd have a really fun time getting a patent in the first place.
What the Hell!?
And, by how ignorant your comment is, I can tell that you've never used Google Maps. But, please, go ahead and continue to be ignorant. More entertainment for me, lol.
So you want Nokia to make an android phone (android and Samsung have done good jobs mimicking windows phone) and then skin the colors off so it resembles more of windows phone. Lol this is funny when you think about the implication
"We will deliver the update WP 8.1 to the whole line of lumias including the 520. SOMETHING WHICH ANDROID DOESN'T OFFER"
So lets see how many are going to enjoy this on their old devices!
*cough*cough* GALAXY S3 *cough*cough*
My Lumia 920 still and will rock..... PERIOD!
I'm very interested in what will come from that. If it was available to consumers now, probably I would buy a Nexus 5 to enjoy all that. :)
But then Google came into being by copying Apple. So they are doing what they have been doing all their life. Microsoft has to be a bit more innovative to counter that by allowing small things to happen. Of many things Microsoft should very soon come up with a comprehensive file manager where you have the privilege to move any kind of file including video files to be moved and even password protect it. Allow apps like truecaller to trace incoming caller id. Make .flv files to play without the third party software's. Allow .gif files to be saved in phone. Make .mp3 files to be shared through social media apps like What's app etc. Last but not the meat keep up the good work of bringing in updates far more frequently than iOS and Android.