At the Google I/O at San Francisco today, Google announced a lot of things which included Android one, Android L, Android wear and Android auto. Of these, the first concept to be explained was Material Design.
Google’s Matias Duarte took through the Material design concept. This is the very first time such a concept will be introduced. The concept behind the Material Design, Duarte said, is the real world paper and ink.
In his words, the basic idea is, “what if pixels also will have depth?” . Material Design concept help on screen elements react to user’s touch just like what happens in the real world. That is, along with the X and Y dimensions, Android L previews now adds a Z dimension tot he User Interface.
This Z dimension is what helps in putting the selected elements on the screen forwarded. That is, they are not just highlighted, they are popped out of the screen in such a way that you can actually see them casting a real shadow! Also, buttons have a new way of responding with ripple touch effect.
Duarte showed a video of how they changed things taking example of the Gmail app and presented to us the difference between how things are before and after material design came into action.
Material Design is the major step taken by Google and this is the building block of the new Android version: The Android L.
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