You might think app design is app design, whether the software is being developed for iOS or Android. But, in fact, creating highly polished, elegant-looking apps is simply easier to do when developing for iOS. That’s the prevailing conventional wisdom among developers who code for both platforms. Hipmunk UI/UX designer and iOS developer Danilo Campos explains it succinctly: “The very simple short answer is it’s easier to make a good-looking, attractive iOS app compared to making an Android app.”
I have been looking into user interface designs and patterns for Android. This note describes what I have learned from building a demo app that illustrates the Dashboard user interface pattern . The demo app has a main screen with six buttons. Each button takes you to a different section of the app.
Consistent navigation is an essential component of the overall user experience. Few things frustrate users more than basic navigation that behaves in inconsistent and unexpected ways. Android 3.0 introduced significant changes to the global navigation behavior. Thoughtfully following the guidelines for Back and Up will make your app's navigation predictable and reliable for your users. Android 2.3 and earlier relied upon the system Back button for supporting navigation within an app. With the introduction of action bars in Android 3.0, a second navigation mechanism appeared: the Up button, consisting of the app icon and a left-point caret.
* Other: 0.1% of devices running obsolete versions --> Historical Distribution The following stacked line graph provides a history of the relative number of active Android devices running different versions of the Android platform. It also provides a valuable perspective of how many devices your application is compatible with, based on the platform version. Notice that the platform versions are stacked on top of each other with the oldest active version at the top.
A set of data can be viewed in all kinds of ways, e.g. in a list, on a grid or on a map. The user might want to switch between views. Most commonly from list view to map view, and from list view to icon view. When viewing data is a main feature in your app, or if you expect heavy use of this option, tabs for corresponding views can be placed in the tab bar.
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