I installed Android L (Dev Preview) on my Nexus 4 some days ago.. I hope to use it for while and write a mini-review.

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One of the design practices that we like to follow is try to design the simplest possible thing for the user first. See if you can get away with that, prove that you need more complexity before you add it.

- Matias Duarte

“If there are no constraints, it’s not design — it’s art.”
Matias Duarte

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I just flashed the keyboard from Android L. Looks really good!

XDA: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2796129

I watched the keynote live from the ongoing Google I/O conference on YouTube yesterday and was really impressed by the things announced there.. from Android wear to Android auto, and Android TV.

But was caught my attention the most was Material Design and the next version of Android.

I’ve always been a fan of Google’s Android and Kitkat was starting to feel stale. Though it has been getting several minor interface refresh, I’ve always been waiting for that complete redesign that would get rid of the several inconsistencies in the design.

Fast forward to “Android L”

Those navigation icons would need some getting to..

Material Design

Material Design is the name of Google beautiful new design language. Everything looks more thought-out. The effort that went into unifying the design and getting rid of inconsistencies is evident.

I love the simplicity of the design, and I think Android has finally gotten it right. I’ll hold on to my verdict for now until I actually use it. But I think this is a far better design than Kitkat’s Holo design. The blue accent and overly dark interface has been replaced with a colourful new design.

I wish I could run this right now, but I guess I’ll just wait till the developer images are released (Might have to get rid of my nexus 4 & get a Nexus 5).

Further reading:

Google Design: http://www.google.com/design/

Material Design Spec: http://www.google.com/design/spec/material-design/introduction.html

Images via: droidlife