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Android UI Anti-Patterns

The discussion on #AndroidDesign  is finally heating up. User's are starting to notice when apps are literal ports from iOS, and that it is more-than possible to have beautiful apps on #Android .

The Android Design guidelines (developer.android.com/design) provide an incredible source of mobile interaction design patterns that, when used correctly, stand to unify and strengthen Android user experience.

To help contribute to this discussion, I started this page with +Juhani Lehtimäki (creator of +Android UI Patterns) and +Guenther Beyer  (creator of androidicons.com and designer of +Gigbeat). 

Along with highlighting popular apps that don't follow Android design patterns, we also create re-imagined mock-ups, and share similarly focused posts and articles by others.

We hope you'll join the conversation!
Popular apps that don't follow Android design conventions.
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Thanks to +Juhani Lehtimäki and +Android UI Patterns and +Android UI Anti-Patterns pages, I have grown immense interest in UI and UX design. Though im primarily an android developer, I have become so frustrated with the design of the recent apps that my employers have been making that I had to take things in my own hands and learned photoshop and started making my own wireframes for existing apps.
Though I dont have any formal education in UX design, I hope to use my common sense and the knowledge shared by you guys to learn.
 
+Kshitij Aggarwal that is the best feedback I could ever hope for! I started the blog because I wanted the app I use to be better (so selfish reasons ;). Getting the app usability from disaster to OK and even beyond OK is such a small change in the team's mindset. I'm very happy that I've helped you to get motivated in this field. We, as developers, need to understand usability and design too. :)
 
I totally agree with you +Juhani Lehtimäki. In my experience till now, making usable apps dosnt take much effort. All you have to do is think like a common user for your and the majority work is already done.

And its not necessary to make UI complicated to make them beautiful or functional. Sometimes a simple list can work better then a ViewPager, but only if you know where and how to put it :)
 
If you guys are looking for other people, I'd love to write a few pieces for you. I'm a developer myself and found the design guidelines gave me a really good base to design themes for my app. Please let me know if I can lend a hand :)
 
Well you guys are doing the most important thing: Talking about it!  We've been soaking up your posts like a sponge in designing our app which we finally just released.  The details really do matter and I couldn't agree more with what +Kshitij Aggarwal says: The UI doesn't have to be complicated to be beautiful or functional.

You guys are doing a lot to raise UI/UX awareness in the Android community. I know I've found it helpful.
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