Android Design Guidelines

Android users expect the bespoke Android app we develop for you to look and behave in a way that's consistent with the platform (i.e. so the navigation, paging, scrolling, etc. look and feel the same as other Android apps they have on their device).

Design for smartphones & tablets

Android's system User Interface (UI) provides the framework on top of which we develop your bespoke Android app, whether we are developing it for smartphones, tablets, smartwatches or other types of Android device. UI elements that are critically important for smartphones and tablets include the Home screen, device navigation and notifications.

Home, All Apps, and Recents screens
System bars
The system bars are screen areas dedicated to the display of notifications, communication of device status, and device navigation. The system bars (which consist of the status and navigation bars) are displayed concurrently with the bespoke Android apps we develop for you. However, if the app needs to display immersive content (e.g. videos or images) we can code your Android app so it temporarily dims the system bar icons for a less distracting user experience, or temporarily hide the bars for a fully immersive experience.

However, you should think about your users before modifying the system bars as they give users a standard way of navigating a device and viewing its status and therefore they may not be happy with your app if it hides the system bars.
Status Bar - Displays app notifications and system status information
Status Bar
Displays app notifications and system status information.
Navigation Bar -  Provides the device navigation controls Back, Home, and Recents
Navigation Bar
Provides the device navigation controls Back, Home, and Recents.

Design for smartwatches (Wear OS)

Designing Android apps for devices powered by Wear OS is different than designing for smartphones or tablets be causeWear OS uses four interaction types: notifications, watch faces, native apps, and voice commands.

Notifications display ambient, contextual data. A notification may also let the user launch your app.

Notifications can offer lightweight experiences, like replying to a message, opening a location on a map, or playing a song. There are ready-made notification templates for instant messaging, music playback, and calendar events.

Watch faces and complications
Watch faces can tell more than the hour and date. By adding a gadget called a complication to the watch face, an installed app can display useful, timely information.

With a single tap on the watch face, users can open an app associated with a complication or change the look of the watch face itself, such as its color.

Wear OS apps
As experienced developers of bespoke Android apps, we can can create branded, engaging experiences using native Android apps. These apps can take advantage of a watch's hardware to provide on-demand experiences that are independent of a phone.

Voice commands
Voice commands allow hands-free interaction with Wear OS. Commands can use Google’s search services and trigger actions on installed apps.

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