Very happy to announce a new design pattern for the Android Design Guide: The Navigation Drawer.
Navigation drawers have been a community-driven pattern for a while. We have now formalized its use on the Android platform with a new chapter in the official Android Design Guide. If you're interested in using this pattern in your app, or want to update your existing drawer to match best practices and recommendations, head on over and take a look.
When will a "bezel swipe" gesture be added to allow for easily letting users slide out this item? While there are many libraries that do this it would be nice enough to see direct support for what's become such a common and natural gesture
+Jens Nagel even though I love you guys, I think your new Hangouts app is cheaply designed. There were lot of improvements could have been made. Animation could have been more fluid while sliding from left (Take +The Verge App for an example). Also, it would be cool if the profile icon was rounded rather than square shape.
+Anthony Kelly Even though swipe-to-archive uses the same gesture, it originates at a different place. The drawer is pulled in from the left edge of the screen (bezel swipe), whereas swipe-to-archive originates more towards the center.
+Jens Nagel It's really nice and some apps like drift have already implemented it, but I have one issue with it. The area you can touch to swipe it open is too small for users of smartphone cases. You almost have to press the finger against the case to get into that area. Please make this area a little bit wider before all apps adopt it. I guess there are many who use their phone in a case.