Your smartphone is a mess on the buttons and menus. While the burger menu and setting of the checkers have become ubiquitous, digging a bit deeper, and you are still presenting an eclectic grab bag option. With the release of Android P, Google tries to change it. Again.

Material design, Google’s attempt to feel the sense of the uneasy mess that is software design, launched in 2014. He has introduced new guidelines that should not only look and feel just smart phones and tablets, but all software. More importantly, they tried to formalize how they should behave when a man used them. For developers, she provided practical tips and tools to make software easier to use. Users needed to make intelligent smart phones, tablets and laptops. He did not do it.

So, four years after Google launched a vision of material design, there is another way. And it is a vision of a near future that is especially important for the success of Android P.

Material design may not be the solution for designing applications, but that is at least a solution. As Matias Duarte, the group leader of the Material Design Group from Google, told The Verge: “A lot of community designers and developers have taken it as a” gospel. “Since launch, the failure to properly uphold the material design on Android has made your app like riot .

The most frequent developer complaint, which was ultimately translated into you, confused during the application, was that the material design was not flexible enough. Companies that were eager to adhere to Google’s strict design rules ended up with an application that looked overwhelming, creating cloudy sites that looked flat, boring and pale. As a result, many applications – especially those from larger companies – avoided Google’s wisdom of design and processed their own web.

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Theming material
“We’ve spent two years talking to people” that this is your material, and that has not succeeded, “Duarte said shortly after Google lifted the cover on an updated vision for software design. Its new material design guidelines are the reason for this failure abundantly clear : that applications and software are generally easier to use, it is important that the buttons and menus have a similar shape and function – it does not matter that they look exactly alike.And that is the place where Theming material comes, Google calls it a “roadmap for future redesigning” , but you can call it “making Android less confusing hell”.

Google’s renewed vehicle for design consistency is based on the fact that apps work in a similar way, while retaining their individuality. In short: Two calendar apps may look quite different, but you should immediately be able to make a meeting in any of them without having to learn a new interface.

Theming material is Google’s attempt to help this way of thinking. For example, change the color or typography of the application you are working on, and the rest of the app design will change accordingly. In practical terms, this means that developers can make their application different without closing the buttons and options all over the place. As Google easily admitted, the restrictive nature of Material Designa added a flair and identity to the application without sacrificing ease of use and consistency “tedious and ineffective.” A new tool called Temporary Content Program enables developers to change the value of a theme and change the whole design.

And Google even practices what it preaches. New versions of Gmail, Google News, Google Play, and Google start using Theming material to create a “cohesive, branded experience.” As Gmail shows up with a new look, Google uses Material Design to change how your apps and services work on all types of devices. For all new Google News that use artificial intelligence to edit a list of relevant and related stories, new design tools tools are used to formalize and set fonts to help attract people to the most important headlines.

The original Design Material Guidelines had one theme that was applied to all applications. The new version has the same design principles behind it but allows developers to add their own efforts and identities. It was an important lesson for Google. As the developer documents clearly highlighted, new material in material design comes here to make it easier than ever to make the look and feel of applications or services compatible with Android, iOS, Flutter, and the Web. In the coming years, as Google is likely to move from Android to Fujitsu’s operational development system, this work in standardizing design is becoming more and more important.

As Duarte told me in 2015, shortly after helping Google launch Material Design, software remains pretty “raw, industrialized”. And while Google is trying to introduce new guidelines and developer tools, the software is still associated with decades of inadequate GUI (Graphic User Interface). “It can not be that the optimal solution for 30 years will be applicable for all time,” Duarte told me.

Release of data
So, the next major step in designing software will not be visual, it will be technical. And this is a technical problem that is in real focus for Google, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft over the next few years. Right now applications are still living in silos. The software application has been torn apart by hiding your Airbnb stay reservation, with WhatsApp’s budgets and budget in Google Docs. The vision for Duarte and Google as a whole is to relieve all of this data and make the locking pages disappear. The first claims about it already exist in Alex and the Google Assistant, but there is a long way to go.

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