This summer, we published the first Beautiful Design collection on Google Play. Today, we're refreshing the Beautiful Design collection with a new set of apps just in time for the holiday season!

As a reminder, the goal of this collection is to highlight beautiful apps with masterfully crafted design details such as beautiful presentation of photos, crisp and meaningful layout and typography, and delightful yet intuitive gestures and transitions.

If you’re an Android developer, make sure to play with some of these apps to get a sense for the types of design details that can separate good apps from great ones. And remember to review the #AndroidDesign guidelines and the #ADiA video series for more ideas on how to design your next beautiful Android app.
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How does Yahoo Weather gets into this list? It's a weather app and it's hiding the notification bar!
 
+Mathieu Méa Based on what I can see by looking at the screenshots of these apps is that you get on the list by breaking every standard UI convention and making your app look however you want.
 
I'm pretty lost on the Yahoo! selection as well myself. I believe Matias Duarte himself posted a huge rant on the purpose of platform guidelines after the release of this app and it doesn't look like it's improved. So how does this make the list? This is exactly the type of confusion iOS lovers like to use to justify their fragmentation and lack of OS consistency remarks. I have a feeling this may have something to do with the Yahoo!/Google relationship more than it does the app itself. Basically this says if your big enough you can make your own design. How are smaller companies supposed to steer their client's toward OS specific designs if even Google is not holding their app collection to the same standards they've laid out for others to follow.
 
"the goal of this collection is to highlight beautiful apps with masterfully crafted design details such as beautiful presentation of photos, crisp and meaningful layout and typography, and delightful yet intuitive gestures and transitions." <= this says nothing about "following guidelines". Yahoo Weather looks nice, and that's it.

Did you guys use Stark icon pack for icons in this selection? Nice :)
 
It wouldnt be very Android-y to exclude beautifully designed apps that don't follow the guidelines. I'm sure Mattias Duarte threw up when he read this list but that's kind of his job. Fortunately he is not the only designer who's work is based around the mobile platform. That wouldn't be very open now would it
 
To me open means they don't reject apps on Feb 1st that don't follow Android guidelines. Developers are free to create whatever they want and allow the public to sort it out. It doesn't however, mean Google has to promote these apps. I'm sure there are other apps that follow the guidelines they could promote the platform further. That's what I feel these lists should be used for. What ever happened to the pure Android collection? 
 
Matias Duarte didn't shame the Yahoo app guys. Re read his post. All he did was comment about branding vs design convention. He even called the Yahoo app itself beautiful in the post.
 
+Android Developers you've already posted this post before, a few weeks ago. what's going on?

Anyway, I still think it's weird that Google talks so much about design and keeping the "pure Android" look & feel , yet some of the apps you've chosen do not follow your guidelines, and it's possible to see it even by looking at their screenshots...
Google even talked about it on lectures, that if an app doesn't follow the guidelines, it won't get featured. You've even put a link about Android design, so it doesn't make sense. 
Here are some links about Android design that the apps didn't follow:
http://developer.android.com/design/patterns/actionbar.html
http://developer.android.com/design/patterns/pure-android.html

Here are the examples:
-Tumblr - no action bar . just 4 tabs.
- Yahoo Weather - IOS style action bar, with title at the middle and buttons on both left and right sides.
- Grand St. - hides the navigation buttons everywhere, doesn't have an action bar and actually have 2 bars with nothing in the middle.
-Pinterest - has an IOS style action bar,  with title at the middle and buttons on both left and right sides (search icon on the left?!) .
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Readmill should be on this list.
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