Monday, 6 October 2014

Google use Material Design for unification and convergence

One of the things I like about Google is they continue to experiment and improve performance of their products. As Google strengthens their platform approach, unification and convergence are the name of the game. To that end they have been developing a standard approach to interface language. Called Material Design, which is inspired by the look of paper and ink. The interface is flat, colourful and reactive to a user’s input, intended to make the user experience seamless and simple.

Google have developed this to enable a single underlying system that allows for a unified experience across platforms and device sizes, from mobile, touch, voice, mouse, and keyboard. The first examples of this unified interface are set to arrive with the next version of Android, 5L (name to be confirmed).

To find out more check out

Demo of Material Design concepts of 5L developer preview

Material design

Android apps on ChromeOS use ARChon

One assumes that Google will be completing there announced port of Android applications to run on ChromeOS to strengthen that offering. We might even see convergence of the two OS's at some point. Meantime a devloper called "Vladikoff" has provided a hack and configuration directions to allow all that to happen now. 
ARChon runtime lets you run unlimited number of Android APKs created with chromeos-apk on Chrome OS and across any desktop platform that supports Chrome.
Note: This can be unstable on operating systems other than Chrome OS.
Warning: The custom runtime will replace the official runtime component. To go back to the official runtime you will need to uninstall the custom one and reinstall the official one.
Tested on OS X, Windows 64-bit and Ubuntu. You must have Chrome 37+ installed. (If it doesn't work try Chrome Canary).