Designing for Mobile : Android

Jagadish Thanki

Android is a mobile operating system (OS) currently developed by Google, based on the Linux kernel and designed primarily for touch-screen-mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

There are 10 versions of Android released till now.
. . . D E F G H I J K L M N O P .
D - Donut 1.6
E - Eclair 2.1
F - Froyo 2.2
G - Gingerbread 2.3
H - Honeycomb 3.0
I - Icecream Sandwich 4.0
J - Jellybean 4.1
K - Kitkat 4.4
L - Lollypop 5.0
M - Marshmellow 6.0
N - Nougat 7.0
O - Orio 8.0
P -Pie 9.0

Ok., lets jump into designing the android apps!

Before designing for Android phones,. lets have a quick view of phone sizes.
There are variety of android phones with different sizes as follows:
XXXHDPI: 1440 X 2560 - Nexus 6 , Samsung Galaxy s6, HTC 10
XXHDPI: 1080 X 1920 (480 dpi) - Nexus 5, One+ series, MotoX 2nd Gen, Samsung Galaxy s5, Sony Experia Z2/Z3, HTC One M8/M9
XHDPI: 720 X 1280 (320 dpi) - MotoG/X, Sony Experia Z1/Z3, HTC One Mini
HDPI: 480 X 854 (240 dpi) - Android One
MDPI: 320 X 480 (160 dpi) - Samsung Galaxy S Duos
LDPI: 240 X 320 (120 dpi) - Samsung Galaxy Y

How to start your designing approach for Android Apps?
You should learn about the MATERIAL DESIGN!

So What is Material Design?
Material design is a design language designed by Google. It is one of the most influential visual philosophies in design that outlines how apps should look and work on mobile devices.

  1. Card style motifs (patterns)
  2. Grid based layouts
  3. Responsive animations & transitions
  4. Use of padding spaces
  5. Flat Colors
  6. Typography - you can play with any readable font(s), but the suggested android font is Roboto., with light, regular, semibold, bold.

Start your design with XXHDPI screen size 1080 X 1920.

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Jagadish Thanki

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An ardent designer with colourful visual experience, keen observer, leisure writer, music lover, I ❤ to visualize things beautiful for small/big screens.

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