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Nov
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So you're doing a mockup in Photoshop, and you want to see it on your device. You've got to save it, email it to yourself, and open it on your phone, right? Not Anymore. Today, Google - well, Roman Nurik, a guy who works at Google - released "Android Design Preview," a little utility that will mirror your screen over ADB.

The app has a box that matches the resolution of your device, just start it up, stick it the alignment box over your Photoshop mockup, and you have a live preview of your work. Pretty cool.

It's a jar file, so it should work on PC, Mac, and Linux. You don't even need to push an apk to your phone, the program will take care of that.

Android Design Preview can be downloaded here, and the source is here. Whatever you make, make it pretty.

Source: android-ui-utils via Roman Nurik's G+

Ron Amadeo
Ron loves everything related to technology, design, and Google. He always wants to talk about "the big picture" and what's next for Android, and he's not afraid to get knee-deep in an APK for some details. Expect a good eye for detail, lots of research, and some lamenting about how something isn't designed well enough.
  • Tyler C

    This looks fantastic

  • lilhugo

    That's pretty nifty.
    Anyone notice that he was using a Mac (Apple) to design whatever he was designing for his Android (google) phone?

    No hate, just thought it was funny.

    • Tee

      You'd be surprised if you knew how many pro-designers use Macs. That doesn't mean they'd ignore Android what comes to handsets.

  • Victor Stuber

    This looks awesome. Only problem is laptops today don't even come with high res enough displays to fit the photoshop preview at full resolution.

    • Barton

      And think about Galaxy Nexus. Not many desktops will be able to fit it.

  • Aaron

    800 by 480 literally covers almost my ENTIRE screen on my old laptop, and my phone is only 480x320 anyway...

  • superreggie

    I can't get it to connect. I'm connected by USB. I've turned on the USB thing in the settings. Tried three phones. Wah.

    • Alfred

      i also facing the same problem.. cant connect

  • Safi

    There is also an app for that which makes it a lot easier. Search for "The Preview" in Google Play.