Google is heaping praise on apps that deliver a great Material Design experience.
What the company calls the Material Design Showcase and Awards honors 18 different applications, which includes a mix of apps from media companies, popular services, and independent developers. Here’s the full breakdown:
- B&H Photo Video
- The Hunt
- New York Times
- Pocket Casts
- Weather Timeline
- Circle for Bitcoin
- Runtastic Running Pro
- wiMan Free Wi-Fi Unlocker
Why this matters: Google really wants developers following its Material Design guidelines, so it’s using I/O as an opportunity to give kudos to those who’ve put them into practice. Such prominent placement in the Play Store is a nice reward, especially for independent developers, which may spur some Material Design-building by others.
Even more guidelines for Material Design
Google’s new design language isn’t a static rulebook. The company refreshed its Material Design site at I/O, with new guidelines for Android Auto, Android TV, and Cardboard. The company also released another video explaining the thought process and creation of the design principles.
Additional details about device metrics, an icon sticker sheet, and a color palette are now available alongside the new platform information. Google hopes to push its developer community to build apps that will have a familiar look and feel across devices, especially since the company hopes you’ll soon be running Android on your phone, tablet, TV, in your car.