Polymer give us a closer look at what might be in store for Material Design

June 26, 2014
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As I mentioned briefly when we took our first look at Android L’s new Material Design UI guidelines, Google is also bringing its unified look and feel to the web via its initiative named Polymer. A collection of developer guidelines and examples are already up on the Polymer website, including a wide selection of components for Google’s new Paper Elements design, which will also be used with Android L.

There are changes for virtually every icon and image resource, ranging from checkboxes to toasts, all complete with new animations and sounds. I have tried to arrange a sample of just a few of them in the image below, but to see the animations in all their glory, you will probably want to check out the interactive page for yourself.

Google Polymer

Google has also put together a calculator app based on these design principles, as well as a quiz app called Topeka. Google certainly seems to favour pastel colors for its new interface.

Polymer App Examples

The popular Roboto font, currently used in Android, is also set to receive a slight revision. Roboto v2.0 will be slightly rounder and wider, which Google believes will help with readability.

When it comes to developing apps and layouts for Android, new theming functions help to simplify previously time consuming tasks, such as setting a coherent color scheme, tinting objects, as well as adjusting and organizing layouts. For example, XML color attributes can now be set across the entire app with just two variants. There are also changes to activity scene transitions, a new RecyclerView to replace the current list and grid views, Elevation and Z-axis adjustments to cast real-time shadows and create depth, and the introduction of the floating action button to house important user interactions.

Developers, and curious observes, can check out the various guidelines for working with Polymer, how to make the switch from Holo to Material Design, and exactly how the system has been revamped, in the range of videos that Google has just uploaded to Youtube.

What do you make of the new unified Google look?

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