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Google Announces Design Stencils for Android Developers

The only thing responsible for Android’s consistent beat in the market over the recent few years is perhaps lack of design-centric applications. If we compare the available apps on Android and iOS platforms, majority of the apps do better on Apple’s products.

The search giant is working hard to alter its approach with the new version of mobile operating system Android, Ice Cream Sandwich. Compared to its previous versions, Android 4.0 seem not only better and more unified aesthetic, but also provides more tools and assistance to developers so as to enhance the look of their apps.

Initially, it was taken as an introduction of an Android Style Guide that assist developers determine a good beginning point of user experience. But the search giant has now launched design stencils on its new Android Design center. Alex Faaborg, Android Designer gives the following descriptions of the new design stencils:

With these stencils you can now drag and drop your way to beautifully designed Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) applications, with grace and ease. The stencils feature the rich typography, colors, interactive controls, and icons found throughout Ice Cream Sandwich, along with some phone and tablet outlines to frame your meticulously crafted creations.

The new design stencils are offered in a range of design suites, such as Adobe Fireworks, Photoshop and Illustrator, and OmiGraffe. Google says that the company will further extend this approach to its other products in the near future.

Now we have to see what kind of response come from the Android Developer’s side, whether they find these design stencils of any help while developing different apps, or continue to prefer to develop from scratch. It is too early to reach any conclusion, so we should wait and see the usefulness of these design stencils in the development of Android apps.

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