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Google to embrace what it calls Material Design UI in Android, Chrome OS and Web

Google’s first announcement today was quick to get us down to the main deal. Material Design is the new interface Google intends to adopt for Android, Chrome OS and Web. According to Google, Material design is going to make better use of the available space, and will provide a better experience whether viewed on a smartphone, tablet or desktop.

The only mobile app that reflects material design is the current version of Google Plus. These updates will roll out in future to extend the interface to all applications.

Google offers a new typefont for Android, its called Roboto font, expected to come together with animations that are meant to provide smoother scrolling but again, optimum content. Google is also encouraging developers to begin adopting the new interface as quick as possible, integrating both real time interface shadows with elements that can be passed between screens on Android.

In the material design UI, Google allows developers to dictate the elevation for apps, allowing Google’s framework service to automatically calculate and generate virtual light sources creating a feeling of depth and enabling users to visually discover which parts of apps can be interacted with.

Matias Durate, Google’s director of Android user experience says this about material design;

Unlike real paper, our digital material can expand and reform intelligently. Material has physical surfaces and edges. Seams and shadows provide meaning about what you can touch.