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2012-12-23_14h22_26

While Android continues to get better about making its UI look gorgeous, there are still plenty of trends that have yet to be standardized in any meaningful way. Of course, part of that may be because they don't need to be. After all, Google doesn't want every app in the world to use the Google Now-style card view (though, so far, Google+, Search, and Currents are already among those that find inspiration from them). This leaves implementation up to developers, like those featured over at AndroidViews. Here are just a few samples of their work:

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As you can see, it's not just the cards UI. In the center above, you see a framework for a ribbon menu, like the one in the Google+ app, which is becoming so very common these days (appearing now in Facebook, Spotify, Currents, Astro, Steam, and a ton more). Or, on the right, the Slide Expandable ListView, which offers a Spotify-like slide out menu for contextually appropriate options.

All of the interface samples you see here and on their site are completely open source. You can download any of them to import into your app, and each one has a place on either GitHub, Google Code, or BitBucket in case you'd like to contribute something back to the community.

None of these will make your UI for you, but they should help quite a bit. Head on over to the site to take a look at more downloadable interface aids. The site seems to be updating semi-regularly, and is also accepting submissions. So, if you happen to be a designer that would like to get some of your work featured, you should definitely check it out, too.

Source: AndroidViews

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • http://kennydude.me/ Joe Simpson

    AndroidViews is a collection of other people's work. The only one "they" made is the cards UI.

    • nadavfima

      Yea, you are correct.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      Nowhere in my article did I ever say that the webmaster of AndroidViews created everything featured on the site. Just like no one assumes that because Artem owns Android Police that he wrote everything on it. I made it pretty clear that the site accepts submissions and I never once used a singular pronoun like "he". Always they. What else could I possibly need to clarify?

      • http://www.facebook.com/casey.a.kline Casey Kline

        Also, the site master's give full credit as well. No kanging has taken place.

  • mgamerz

    Do you mean the right picture, not the left with the spotify reference?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      Why yes. Thank you. Corrected.

  • cybik

    https://github.com/jfeinstein10/SlidingMenu was there long ago. Coupled with http://abs.io you can do wonders. But it's nothing really new.

    • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

      Yeah I prefer the appearance of SlidingMenu over RibbonMenu. Only problem with SlidingMenu is that the action bar does not stay in place when you slide out the menu, which is against the UI guidelines (according to Roman Nurik on Google+).

      • cybik

        Actually...

        // Don't slide the actionbar.
        setSlidingActionBarEnabled(false);

        You're welcome.

        • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

          I'm not a dev, I'm an app designer. So while that may be right, it's of no use to me. :)

        • LibertyBeta

          I was going to say this. I've used both, and honestly, Slidemenu is both more powerful and easier to use.

      • http://blog.ravrahn.net/ Owen Cassidy

        It's easy to make SlidingMenu keep the action bar in place - one line of code. But Google+ moves the action bar too...

  • http://eddieringle.com Eddie Ringle

    I'd be a bad dev if I didn't promote my own library for integrating slide-out navigation: https://github.com/eddieringle/android-undergarment

  • ericl5112

    This is awesome. I haven't had much of a chance to work on my app these days. Was looking forward to it after christmas. These should be fun to play with.

  • Groidify

    It's so great to see these awesome Android open source libraries. Will integrate them into my Android UI Patterns app soon.

    BTW, here is my Android UI Patterns app - the collection of useful Android libraries for developers:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.groidify.uipatterns

  • João Rodrigues

    The link is broken. It's http://www.androidview.com.