Break down of Google Keep - This is in response to an article on Ausdroid, which can be found here: http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/03/28/editorial-prediction-androids-next-iteration-will-emphasize-hybrid-card-layouts-other-subtle-design-shifts/

Google Keep is great - it is rapidly becoming my go-to app for notes, in place of Evernote. It looks great and some people (cough +Android Police ) have gone so far as to suggest that it is leading the way for a UI overhaul to come with the next major Android update. However, it isn't that far removed from the rest of Google's apps.

So, I'd like to pick Liam Spradlin's article to pieces (in the hope that it will be fixed) - because I ran out of room in the comments section of the website. And because I'm looking for an excuse to do something not-programming for a little while.

"For starters, there are several inconsistencies in UX – there's no overscroll glow within notes"
Actually, there is. If you take a look at the first two screenshots I took of Keep - both the editor and the landing page of the app have overscroll glows (they're highlighted in red, because they're rather hard to capture).

"Besides that, the action bar isn't actually an action bar"
This also has a screenshot to demonstrate that there is in fact an action bar, but it may take a bit more explaining. For starters, this program is showing a breakdown of the UI controls in an Android app (in this case, Keep) with a live (well, nearly live) screenshot of the app in question.
If we look at the very root of the UI layout, we can see that the Keep is in fact using an action bar - I've highlighted the top-level layout and also the fragment pertaining to the action bar itself (down the bottom).

So that's all well and good, but why isn't that significant? Well, if we take a look in the Android Developers reference, we can find this:
http://developer.android.com/reference/android/R.attr.html#windowActionBarOverlay That's been there since the action bar was first introduced, in Honeycomb. It's not the first time that Google have used it in their own apps, either - take a look at Maps!

Even the card-style that Keep uses is a simple extension of that which exists in other Google apps - Now being the most obvious of these.


That doesn't mean that Android hasn't got a UI overhaul in the pipeline - in fact, I agree that Google probably do have something up their sleeve (and I'm very interested to see what happens with Roboto Slab). However, I don't believe that Google Keep actually deviates as much from the existing portfolio as Liam seems to think.
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