With Google rolling out its latest version of the Android OS, named Lollipop, the most striking feature that comes with the update is the UI. Around June 2014 Google announced their latest version of Android "Android L" would follow a brand new design language called Material Design. So let's say there's a Google Now card up on your phone screen. That window isn't just a collection of white squares. It's embedded with the behavior and weight of an actual piece of cardstock, so that it acts like real cardstock when it moves around your screen. Now, that sounds pretty different from the Flat Design craze we've been hearing so much about, right? Right! With Material Design, Google is introducing a careful dose of three-dimensionality into Android. And there's a good reason for it.
What is Material
Imagine a few paper strips stacked on top of each other. Well, thats what is the material. Implementing/mimicking a paper and its physical properties in a digital UI differentiates it from the rest of the mobile stack. This is due to the fact that while the other two are usually restricted to a 2D plane, Material Design uses 3D space. The Lift on Touch design and Touch Ripple are the design features that add up into the UI designing. The basic property exhibited by an element i.e. width, height, depth are taken into account, i.e. when triggered, the element will appear to levitate itself, by increasing the spread the shadow it casts, In addition the user receives an instantaneous response of his interaction in the form of a ripple that coats the surface of interaction, the epicenter of this ripple would be the exact point the user touched - thats the touch ripple feature.Google also tweaks the animation playing features and adds a schemes into color's.The tech giant also provides guidelines to be followed when using various components, from buttons to text-fields, even on the images that are used. A little early to predict how material design will unfold, although major applications have begun their transition, it will still be interesting to watch for the total overhaul to happen. So Material Design isn't just about tablet or smartphone screens. It's about a systematic approach to how its products interact with millions of users. It's about Android Wear devices, which have to display huge amounts of information on a tiny screen: At Nextremer, we feel that Material Design spices up the UI and gives an interesting tweak to the regular persisting UI's. Would it be a gigantic leap is for time to tell.