Unmodified Holo Theme now a Requirement for Devices to Access the Android Market

by: AlexanderJanuary 3, 2012
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Good news for those of us who really like the overall UI – User Interface – of Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich.  Google is now making it a requirement that manufacturers make Ice Cream Sandwich updates actually look like it’s running Ice Cream Sandwich, big surprise there right? So what does all this mean? Well let me explain it a little further.

You know how Sense and Motoblur makes Gingerbread – and some ICS leaked ROM’s – not look how Google and Android designed it? Like Sense has it’s own UI, which I have now grown to dislike very much since playing with ICS. Well now, if manufacturers want their devices to be able to access the Android Market, they need to scale back their custom UI’s and use what Google is calling an “unmodified Holo theme” which as you can see in the picture above looks exactly like Ice Cream Sandwich. Which was the entire point.

This news means a lot to developers, having one set of UI standards to follow when developing apps and themes for devices makes it much easier to develop for the growing Android platform. Read what Android Framework Engineer, Adam Powell had to say:

Before Android 4.0 the variance in system themes from device to device could make it difficult to design an app with a single predictable look and feel. We set out to improve this situation for the developer community in Ice Cream Sandwich and beyond.

I have to give a big Thank you to the entire Android engineering and development team for this one. It’s like they all read my mind. What do you think of this unmodified Holo Theme? Let us know in the comments.

  • This is good news for users too. I have HTC Sense and have gotten tired of it as well. Would love for the manufacturers leave the OS alone. This will be great for Android. Can you imagine pickiing up any Android device and already knowing how to navigate through the OS? I think it will help to build Android customer base with the OS being so similar from one device to another. Love it!

  • Cam Hutchison

    Manufacturers do not “need to scale back their custom UI’s” – they can still do as fancy a UI and theme as they want, they just need to include the Holo theme as well.

  • Harry Katsaros

    I still think that the OS needs an overall general white screen option – ICS is very sleek but its just too dark

  • Better management of apps by developers

  • tdizzle

    I hope Google makes this a requirement for Android Market app developers. Android apps are generally pretty damn ugly.

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