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What exactly is the deal with slide-out sidebar navigation? Is it a standard Holo thing? Is it not? 3rd-party developers aren't really sure what to do with it, and even Google-made apps are all over the place. Some apps have sidebar navigation, some don't. The ones that do have it all function a little differently and none of the implementations were actually any good - until now.

Google Earth and Google Shopper were just updated with a new sidebar design, and, well, have you seen them? Google has fixed the biggest problem I have with all the previous designs: unpredictability.

In order to understand what's so great about the new design, we have to talk about what's so crappy about the old designs. In order to do that, we're going to need some vocabulary:

The Old Up Button

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This thing is called an "Up" button. Yes, I know it points left; it's still called the "Up" button. It's Google; just go with it.

The design doc for the Up button is right here. If you do read it, be sure to promptly forget everything, because, in the real world, this page is completely ignored.

If a screen is the topmost one in an app (that is, the app's home), it should not present an Up button.

The system Back button is used to navigate, in reverse chronological order, through the history of screens the user has recently worked with. It is generally based on the temporal relationships between screens, rather than the app's hierarchy.

Yeah... that sort of happens, but lately, instead of hiding the Up button at the top level, Google apps (and some third party ones) show an Up button that opens a slide-in navigation panel. It looks like this:

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These are neat looking, and useful, but really confusing for most users. The Up buttons go back, until you hit the top level navigation, at which point they pop open the navigation panel. From here things diverge depending on what app you're using: notice all the different Up button states (carat/no carat) in the above screenshots.

Once the panel is open, the YouTube Up button won't do anything. It doesn't show an Up carat because it's not a button anymore. This is in contrast to Currents and One Today, which don't show an Up carat, but are still buttons. Tapping on them will close the panel. Google+ always shows an Up carat, and, when open, will close the panel.

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The biggest problem though, is you just never know what the Up button will do in these apps. In these screenshots, one of the Up buttons will go back, and one will open the navigation pane. They do 2 completely different things, but aren't differentiated in any way. Good luck keeping straight which does what.

The New Up Button

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This is the awesome, new design Google has come up with for Earth and Shopper. A simple, three-line icon replaces the Up carat when the sidebar will open, and magically, all the unpredictability issues go away. When it points back, it will go back, when it looks like a menu, it will toggle the menu. Brilliant.

This also has the bonus addition of adhering to the design docs. At the top level, no Up button is shown.

The Old Slide Gesture

The other problem with slide out navigation is the swipe-to-open gesture. Apps that only scroll vertically, like YouTube and One Today work just fine - a side swipe opens the menu; no problem.

But what happens when your app scrolls horizontally? Well, everyone's been handling that a little differently.

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There's Google Currents, which uses a swipe gesture to scroll pages horizontally, until you hit the last page on the left, at which point a swipe will open the navigation menu. You can only open with a swipe when you are on the leftmost page. So, in order to know what a swipe will do, you need to have a perfect model of the apps navigation layout in your head. In the above pictures, a scrolling left from the "Entertainment" picture will scroll over, while scrolling left from the "News" picture will open the navigation panel, because "News" is the leftmost page. You need to remember that.

The other crazy thing is that, from the "Entertainment" page, you can use the Up button to open the navigation panel, swipe to close it, but then you can't swipe to open it again. Madness.

Update: Here's a perfect example of just how confusing inconsistent design can be: I screwed the Currents description up a bit. Currents can open the side menu from a swipe on some screens, it's just a much, much smaller than normal target than something like Chrome, or even Currents when you're on the left page. There is a one-pixel edge on the side you can swipe in from which will open the menu. This doesn't work in news sections, though.

What confused me, is that on the left most page, any left swipe, from anywhere, will open the side panel. So, since I don't really use Currents, this is just how I assumed it worked everywhere. Having  on type of swipe open it on one screen and another type of swipe on it on another confused the crap out of me.

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The worse offender of swipe-to-open is Google+, which won't let you open the navigation panel with a swipe gesture, but will let you close it with one. The real kicker is that Google+ only scrolls vertically. My head hurts.

The reason for the lack of swipe-to-open? The old Google+ design, the one that introduced the side navigation panel, scrolled horizontally. When they redesigned it to scroll vertically, they never added the swipe-to-open gesture.

The New Swipe Gesture

Shopper and Earth fix this mess, too, even on apps that already have a horizontally scrolling view. Google Earth is particularly impressive: it scrolls up, down, left, and right, and has a horizontal swipe gesture. "How is that even possible," you ask?

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Have you ever switched tabs in Google Chrome? Swiping in the middle of the screen will scroll horizontally, but swiping from the edge will switch tabs. That's the model Shopper and Earth have adopted, and it works brilliantly. Shopper even adds the bonus feature of allowing you to bring up the navigation panel from anywhere in the app with this gesture, even in places where the Up button would go back.

Conclusion

Have you noticed the sections in this article about the inconsistent, old designs are really long, and the sections about the new designs are really short? That's a hallmark of a good user interface: consistent, intuitive designs don't take much explaining. They work how you expect them to work. They make sense.

Google has a winner here. Shopper and Earth have side panel navigation designs that no one has come up with before, but seem blindingly obvious after you use them.

So, the big question here is, is this a new design Google will be pushing out to all their other apps? We've heard rumors of a Gmail redesign featuring a sidebar, which hopefully means Google is looking to finally make this a standard thing. Let's hope this is the design that sticks, because it is so, so much better than the rest of the stuff out there. I would love to see all the Gapps outfitted with a something like this. And with these updates coming so close to Google I/O, let's hope for an easy, plug-in template Google can give out to 3rd-party developers, too.

Googler Updates!

After this post went up, Android Engineer Dan Morrill (go join the fan club) dropped a big hint on G+ that this new drawer just might be a standard thing from now on:

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He also says in the comments that the action bar should not slide, which means the Google+ app's days are numbered.

Another Update: Now we even know what I/O session this will be in! Android UI developers Roman Nurik and Nick Butcher will be talking about this new drawer design at Android Design for UI Developers. Be sure to tune in! I/O is only 5 days away!

Thanks to XBIRDIE98 for the tip. <3

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

    Come on Google. Gmail with a sidebar like this. Drive with a sidebar like this. Google+ with a sidebar like this. Maps with a sidebar like this. *drools*

    • Samuel Hart

      I know, right? :D
      I say put off developing key lime pie; bring ALL Google apps up to this standard.....

      • http://profiles.google.com/jeremyrreger Jeremy Reger

        put off KLP? come on br0.. lol

      • RitishOemraw

        I agree. If all apps are up to speed that is just as awesome as getting a new OS update. (Because the OS is already great)

        • Samuel Hart

          that's what I mean! As it stands android is GOOD, sure it could be improved, but it's gotten to the point it can take a break, step back, and bring everything up to scratch first. I'd say apps are a shade MORE important at this stage, because some are lagging quite badly behind and they could be so much nicer!

      • cooldoods

        Google can update apps anytime, why tie down an entire OS version release to updating some apps? It's not like Google is Microsoft trying to get people to buy a new version of Windows.

    • navjot

      I know they just redesigned it, but the Play Store should have a side bar as well.

      • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

        My initial reaction was "no it doesn't" then I thought about it....the menu button could probably have all it's options in the menu in the sidebar...

      • http://twitter.com/Rodrigost23 Rodrigo Tavares

        I think maybe at least the action bar spinner would make sense. If you're at the "Apps" section, you have to go "Up" to browse the "Books" section, for example.

        • XBIRDIE98

          I agree; a spinner would make navigating the Play Store much quicker. The navigation seems like a leftover from the Play Store becoming unified across devices. I always liked the original Honeycomb "Finksy.apk" Android Market because it used top tabs to switch between section home pages and didn't have this new clunky homepage. In other apps, spinners expand to tabs when there's enough screen space - something like that would be cool, but it would mean that there would be no overall home page, just the section home pages.

    • http://kennydude.me/ Joe Simpson

      I actually like the action bar spinner

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      According to a tipster who has been dead accurate in the past (http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/4/4299276/babel-to-be-called-hangout), the new Gmail announced at I/O will have a left-hand nav, and I am willing to bet that it'll use this new design.

      • Nasko Hristov

        Hmm, the link is broken, can you fix it?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Disqus bundled the closing parenthesis to the url. Just fixed it.

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

        I hope it does. Gmail is good already, but it'd be nice with a sidebar. Same with Drive. I find the current version awful. The editor is OK, but the Activities where documents are chosen, or the main screen, with My Drive, Shared with me etc, isn't.

  • http://www.facebook.com/georgealexiouvalentey George Av

    want.

  • Adam Smith

    Finally! I always get confused with these side menus and accessing everything. Google are really ironing out kinks. Great stuff.

  • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

    I hope this gets factored into the the API I am glad there is finally a method to the madness.

  • Stefan

    Ron - I'm not a developer and I'm also not a designer, but the APK teardowns and posts like these, are absolutely brilliant. There was a slight discomfort with the way these sidebars worked but I'm not the kind of user who stops, compares and analyses it. Yet when it's written down in this clear manner, it's exactly right: in depth, but compact enough to keep me reading to the end. Thanks.

  • MasterControlProgram

    This is snazzy as hell. I love it.
    - End of Line

  • Pkmmte

    Where can developers who also want to use this design find the resource files? It'd be nice to include a link to those new "up" button icons.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000641679519 Marc Anderson

    In currents you can open the side-bar by swiping from the edge. BUT only when you are flipping between news feeds, once you start reading a news item you can no longer access the sidebar. Currents on the whole is a mess and utterly un-navigable - if thats a word.

    If you really want a laugh check out the design guidlines for the up caret:
    http://developer.android.com/design/patterns/navigation.html

    These are the guidelines the developers should follow and hence we are to be able to understand. I'll give 100 internet points to anyone who can read the whole way through and understand it.

    The most embarrassing thing for Google though is that on the whole 3rd party dev's usually get it right and make it generally simple and intuitive.

    • vitriolix

      I understand it, but I had to read it like 8 times and talk it over with 4 people in order to :)

    • RitishOemraw

      I found Currents one of the best navigable apps out there.
      Swipe left and right to browse article.... or to switch between issues if you are in that situation.
      The edge swipe to iopen the menu (but only when browsing articles in an issue, as you mentioned)
      And that is it.

      Also I read it before and I understood it. you can start transferring those 100 points to me now :D

  • pft

    what you said about currents isn't true. you can get to the sidebar from any section. you just need to swipe from the edge like glovebox...

    • PhilNelwyn

      Not when you read an article though.

  • duse

    I don't understand why everyone wants a sidebar in Gmail so bad? The action bar drop-down already serves this exact need. In fact, THAT is a Holo feature, sidebar is not. Google quickly started abandoning that concept in favor of the sidebar. However Google+ uses both.

    I understand the sidebar may still have its uses, but in the case of Gmail, what's the need?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      The sidebar makes total sense for switching between multiple accounts and folders. It would free up a ton of space too.

      It doesn't make sense for contextual menus which should stay at the top right - I don't believe the slide-out menu's purpose is to replace that.

      • duse

        Sorry, I wasn't clear enough, "action bar drop-down" is referring to the drop-down with a little arrow in the top-left of an action bar, as in Maps, Gmail, and Google+. This lets you switch between folders, labels, etc. In Maps it lets you switch between Map, Nav, Latitude, etc. Why do apps like these need a sidebar? What is the sidebar offering that this drop-down doesn't already do?

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

          Because of the existence of the action bar drop down, all of the other *actual* action bar items are on the *bottom* of the UI on phones. This is horribly inconsistent. New email, search, labels, etc. all get their very own bar. Even the menu button is on the bottom, which deviates from most of the actually consistent apps.

          Most infuriatingly, this is not the case in Gmail on tablets. Because there's more room on a 10" tablet, for example, you get your action bar items along the top right and the drop down on the top left. Even more confusingly, the drop down only switches accounts on a tablet. At the top level of the app, labels and things like Inbox are in a right-hand panel. Not a slide out pane, just a regular app Fragment.

          The end result is that if you're using Gmail on a phone and a tablet side by side, literally the only element that is in the same place on both devices is switching accounts. Composing new emails, accessing labels, search, settings, and refreshing your inbox are all in entirely different places.

          A sidebar navigation panel would make a lot of sense in Gmail, partly because it would provide a consistent way to jump between labels without having to go back to the top of the app (which is impossible on a tablet because the drop down doesn't show labels and impossible on a phone because the action bar baffingly shows an email's subject line). It would also make room for action bar items to be on the top like they should be, and make it possible to have a consistent experience across all device formats.

          • duse

            Nice response....you make really good points about being able to get to navigation from any place in the app and making navigation and action bar item placement consistent across devices. My one point of disagreement is in your opinion of the bottom action bar, or split action bar as it's officially called. You say that this deviates from other apps and that it "should be" on the top, but this isn't really the case - the split action bar is used by other apps and is a regular convention when the screen isn't wide enough for items up top. In fact that's exactly what it was designed for, so it being used in this way isn't unusual. I don't think the inconsistency on that is a problem, as it feels very natural with it on the bottom in Gmail.

        • vitriolix

          Free's up that space for more actionbar controls and or more room for a title

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          On a Note II, or anything larger than like 5", reaching the top is already a pain, while the left side is still quite reachable with one hand. If they put all the options towards the bottom, it'd be fantastic (though I don't think they would, as it may look odd).

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      It seems like you are saying the sidebar (usually referred to as a Drawer) is somehow not an approved convention. It is definitely a part of the Android Design Guidelines.
      http://developer.android.com/design/patterns/actionbar.html

      Please explain if I've misunderstood your meaning.

      Also, Holo is a theme/style/look, not a set of features.

  • Alex Curran

    Currents has a bevel slide gesture too when you aren't in an article.

    A group of developers including myself had a big discussion about this a while back on G+ (https://plus.google.com/110510888639261520925/posts/ibSxkbmsHb2), and the guidelines we came up with are basically exactly the same as the one's Google used (I always found Youtube's implementation to be the best). Worth reading if you're interested in design and interaction

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      I'm not a Currents expert or anything, but it's a news app, when are you not in a news article?

      Youtube's implementation is bad because you can't swipe it open.

      • vitriolix

        When you are at a list of publications or a list of articles within a publication

      • PhilNelwyn

        When you aren't in an actual article, but in a feed, or a title page.

        What do you mean "you can't swipe it open" in YouTube?
        You confused it with Google+, right?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

          Oh, right, G+. Nevermind.

        • Kie

          When you are looking at a channel feed you can swipe it open, but when you are watching a video you cannot

  • vitriolix

    Very good overview. You do mix up your terminology though, the up button does not send you back. The up button takes you up a level in the hierarchy. I hate that the icon points left as it's just confusing. The back button takes your back through the history that you traveled through. It is documented but quite confusing. My clients generally just glaze over when I describe this to them

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      I'm not confused, I just don't care. Even going by the imaginary technical definitions (that apps don't follow) Back vs Up is such a subtle distinction that only developers know about it.

      Plus, I could find a million examples where Up functions only as a back button.

      Gmail, for instance. From the inbox, open the settings, now hit Up. It goes to the inbox.

      Now open an email and hit settings. Press the up button, you're back to your email. There's no hierarchy here.

      The only significant difference users can grasp from using it is that up doesn't exit the app, and back does. Other than that it's at the whims of the developer.

      • vitriolix

        I really doubt you don't care considering the number of words you put down about UI consistency :)

        It's a distinction that only developers need to know, but users will notice when it is poorly understood by those developers. Apps that do it right, it feels natural. Though, as you rightly point out, tons of apps conflate and abuse the concepts and it is destroying the UI consistency of the platform. They should be called out and the concepts (hopefully) clarified so app devs can start fixing this. This is a battle I literally fight every single day for my day job.

        You are dead on, Gmail completely screws this one up, they better address this in the next UI overhaul

  • Phillip Maiden

    I'd like it if they had a similar gesture to get to the options... swipe from the right, it is nearly impossible to touch it with the current size of phones.

  • Kcls

    Reddit Sync is another great example of this. Swipe left/right for subs, edge swipe for sidebar.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      This is exactly right. Reddit News, on the other hand, shows the left menu if you swipe right from anywhere, and that is annoying IMO.

      • Matthew Pace

        Not only that, but the Action Bar slides.

    • omegavesko

      He's switching to a different subreddit switch system in the next version, though. So don't get used to it.

      • Kcls

        Yup, I have been trying out the beta. Not sure I like it as much, the current system is much more intuitive.

    • http://flavors.me/sabret00the sabret00the

      I abhor the right sided menus.

  • Phillip Maiden

    Ah tablet did scroll horizontally.. now it doesn't!

  • Roman Schlick

    You CAN open the sidebar from any section in Currents with an edge swipe.
    If you're reading an article you can't, but when looking through a feed you can.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      Yep, I updated, it works differently on the leftmost screen. An excellent example of just how confusing bad design is.

  • http://bit.ly/TylerHilliard Tyler Hilliard

    The swype sideways from edge vs. from screen thing is how Action Launcher is implemented. And I love it - not the most intuitive thing AT FIRST but once used to is brilliant.

  • Dinofan01

    I like the implementation but not the design. I can see the three lines being confusing people. There's already three dots on the other side of the action bar. The uninitiated might be confused by that. And it's also plain ugly. But the distinction between up and menu is nice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.whitworth John Whitworth

    Good article. However, the Shopper app isn't letting me open the side bar with a swipe from the edge, no matter where I am in the app. Shouldn't it?

  • Rob

    Always enjoy Ron's articles. Intelligent and informative. :-)

  • Sean Lumly

    Another point worth mentioning relates to the action bar of Google Earth -- it's semi-transparent. This makes keeps the action bar useful, while making the app seem as though it's full-screen, and looks a lot better (IMHO). I think this treatment should be exercised more often, and should also be applied to the bottom "Navigation Bar," as that space is terribly wasted.

    Oh, and if Google would stop blocking the UI thread with image loading, that would be fabulous. 100% smooth scrolling should be ubiquitous by now. Even Google's latest I/O app is an offender.

  • ProtoKun7

    The sidebar in Currents does open if you swipe from the left; you don't have to be on the leftmost page. Like what you mentioned about Chrome, you can swipe from the edge and the middle to perform two different functions.

  • Nasko Hristov

    They are gonna make a huge mistake if they do not include the SMS/MMS in the app...

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

    I knew sidebars pissed my off for some reason. Thank god I have Ron to tell me why I should be upset about something, not just that I should be.

  • Marcus Townsend

    I don't see what you mean with currents. If you swipe from the edge you can always access the navigation panel. I think the currents model is just fine. If there's nothing left to swipe might as well open the navigation panel. It'd be no different than showing a glow. You don't need to "remember" anything.

    I don't see the complaint with currents implementation.

    The rest I can agree with though, with my biggest gripe being google+.

  • Metallinatus

    Actually, Currents brings the navigation menu too when you swipe from the left edge... and it has done that for quite some time now....

  • http://www.iheavy.com/blog/ Sean Hull

    Google's *discovery* of UI and UX design I think parallels Microsoft in many ways. Put together a tech top-heavy firm, and design is underappreciated.

  • QwietStorm

    Bro do you even....I can't do this haha

  • RitishOemraw

    "The real kicker is that Google+ only scrolls vertically. My head hurts."
    When someone shares multiple pictures/album you can swipe horizontally to view the other images.

    ANYWAY:

    I am soooooo glad they went this route!
    I was afraid that horizontal scrolling would prevent this from being implemented (mostly because of G+ not using it and I thought it was because of the horizontal album swiping.
    Can't wait till they update the g+ app.
    That up-button is to far for my thumb (and no...a smaller screen is not an option! I'd gladly put more effort into reaching that corner than settle for a smaller screen...if anything I want a bigger screen (and bigger pockets))

    All I can say now is: It's about time, Google!

  • duhha

    That looks pretty ugly TBH

  • DavidHollinger

    I would like to note that with Google Currents you CAN use the swipe to open the navigation menu if you're not on the left most page. To do so, you have to swipe from the left most side of the phone (or for better results, just start the swipe from just to the left of the screen edge). I just tested this as I was reading the article on my Nexus 4.

  • cooldoods

    It's called a caret, not a carat.

  • fzammetti

    I think the Reddit News implementation of the sidebar is the high water mark actually... the subtle shadowing it does is MUCH nicer. Google, sadly, is into this whole stupid minimalistic fad though... keeping things simple is good to be sure, but Google and Microsoft and many others are taking a good thing WAY too far. Gotta find that middle ground and I think Reddit News does a perfect job of it when it comes to this particular UI metaphor.

    Of course, all of this is sidebar stuff is just an extension of Enyo, the next-generation UI API for webOS before it went belly-up... Matias is bringing in all sorts of webOS-inspired goodness to Android and that's a Very Good Thing(tm)... I wish he'd flat copy the app changer design frankly, none of this half-assed vertical list stuff we have now (I'm sure there's legal reasons for it of course, just sayin', it's much nicer in its original form).

  • OligarchyAmbulance

    All I've ever wanted is to be able to swipe in Google+ and get to my sidebar/notifications. It drives me insane that you have to click the buttons.

  • Jeffrey Smith

    - New 'up' button: I knew there had to be a better way, but I didn't know what. I think this will work. Also, it's a nice hinting at the drawer button used by Facebook, YouVersion, etc.
    - New slide gesture: exactly how I thought it should have been done from the beginning.
    - If they can zap the sliding action-bar in G+ too, that really would be awesome.
    - Now I wonder if/when some of the third-party apps that have already implemented the drawer pattern (sometimes strangely, such as Redbox or YouVersion) will work things out.

  • Freak4Dell

    I don't really understand what was so confusing about the old way regarding the carets, other than some of them going away and some of them staying, but whatever.

  • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

    Wow Google+ even disrespects app icon usage and switch it to streams icon when the side bar is open.

  • TechGuy22

    i think google must force all devs to add that.

  • skeezmoe

    You know what else they need to add to everything? That overscroll effect they have in the stock browser where it tilts the whole screen when you reach the end on the home screens. They should add that to all the lists and where ever else you scroll!

    The overscroll glow just does not cut it!

  • Matthew Fry

    #HOLOYOLOORGTFO

    A grand unification of app design for the Googster is a fabulous idea.

  • GiantJay

    I am going to say

  • GiantJay

    You guys are good. All I can say is expect this and some other changes coming to Google+ soon.........

  • Darek Slaby

    Yet another design element added to Android. I hope it doesn't further fragment Android navigation. We have too many apps doing all sorts of crazy stuff as is!

  • Ashish kumar chaubey

    nice

  • XBIRDIE98

    My favorite bit of this is the smoothness of the animations, and the growing/shrinking triple line icon. It subtly hints that something is coming from the right as it's docked to the left screen edge, encouraging the user to explore, and discover the swipe gesture, as well as visually separating the drawer from the up functionality. When the icon is shrunk, it shows that the drawer will retract.
    It seemed like massive amounts of polish went into this - which the Googlers confirmed today. Great job, Googlers! I am suddenly even more apprehensive for I/O. :)
    Also, great job Ron, for an article that introduces us to the mess that is the drawer and shows exactly how this new style solves it.

  • The_Chlero

    Since I have my wonderful Galaxy Nexus and thus I have my Default AOSP web browser, I really dont get why they dont implement all the gestures or at least base their design on how the swipes and controls from Quick Controls feature found in the default AOSP browser.

    Really, that thing is amazing and I dont get why they dont implement. There, you already have the "swipe from middle and swipe from edge" since you scroll your web swiping from the center but enable the quick controls swiping from the edge. Its really amazing and functional. I dont even bother to use another browser because is the best app I really have.

    C'mon google, get your ideas from another already implemented great ideas.

  • chris26ff

    When will this hopefully come out? Want to use this ASAP. :)

  • DeadSOL

    I love how Googlers love Android Police! :D

  • captain complexity

    Where is Jef Raskin when we need him?

    (answer, in heaven which runs on system 7.5, plus corner mouse flicks)

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  • Marcél Ströhle

    I've enjoyed reading all those articles about UI design (and occasional lack thereof) in Android, but something I noticed hasn't been addressed yet: scroll bar implementations. There are quite a few different ones, and considering that there is no "tap the top edge to go up completely" function, it's shocking how many of them aren't dragable. Am I the only one thinking that this is still a fairly disappointing oversight in the larger concept?

    II'm also typing this in Chrome, which reminds me of another issue that Sense half-solves: magnifier for selection of text. My fingers are not translucent, Google, stop designing your UI as if they were...

  • dblionsden

    The new Weather Bug update follows this new design almost exactly. The only thing I think is missing is the carrot changing to to the three line menu icon.

  • Dinesh

    What is the size of icon?

  • Sahil Chaturvedi

    Gosh, I can't wait! this looks amazing!

  • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard

    "He also says in the comments that the action bar should not slide, which means the Google+ app's days are numbered."

    I'm not sure what this means. Care to elaborate? How does the action bar in Google+ slide?

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