As Android users and enthusiasts, we sometimes find ourselves curious about the continuously evolving interfaces in Google's ecosystem. Over the years, there have been a number of changes to the Play Store, once known as the Android Market, but we've never had the pleasure of learning how some of the big design elements came to be. This week, Nick Butcher and Roman Nurik of Android Design in Action invited a couple members of the Android design team, Marco Paglia and Owen Otto, to share details about their process.



The video contains a few tips and comments about building a content-driven interface for several different screen sizes and how to make the best of each. The examples continue to demonstrate the cards-based interface and why it was chosen to represent the Play Store and other related apps like Music and Books. A lot of the discussion centers around creating an immersive experience that is consistent from beginning to end, even across multiple applications. It's great to get a little insight into the software we use every day was made.


Cody Toombs
Cody is a Software Engineer and Writer with a mildly overwhelming obsession with smartphones and the mobile world. If he’s been pulled away from the computer for any length of time, you might find him talking about cocktails and movies, sometimes resulting in the consumption of both.

  • TechGuy22

    hmm thats not a nexus 7. the bezel is too thin...?

    • sssgadget

      New Nexus 7 image leaked imo.

      • Spetto

        Hmm, I don't think so..

        It looks like a bad Photoshop job to me.

    • Michael

      Scrolled down to say the same thing

    • kh5

      It seems it's just a bad photoshop. You can see the screen is not positioned evenly, even on the other devices and there is one slide where the bezel on the N7 is small in the one picture and big in the other. So I would just guess that someone put these slides together in a hurry.

      • kh5

        Comment by Nick Butcher on G+: "lol – just a Nexus 7 with a roughly overlaid screenshot!"

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

        This is exactly it. If you look closely at the Nexus 7 in that picture, the screen graphics have obviously been placed out of alignment. Even the Nexus 4 screen is slightly off center, a few pixels to the right.

        • BlueAce127

          That, sir, is the Galaxy Nexus.

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

            Oh yeah, the two are nearly identical on the front except for the speaker hole. I'm so used to seeing N4 template used everywhere, I didn't even bother to look at the top.

    • gagetbOy

      I was about to say that it looks like its a 3:2 ratio on 15:9

      • gagetbOy

        i mean not 16:10 like the the nexus 7

    • ProductFRED

      It's probably to make it look better than it actually does. Looks like an iPad Mini to me.

  • EvolutionQY71

    New marketplace sucks...Bring back the old one!

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

      You might want to be a little more specific ;)

      • EvolutionQY71

        The last revision of Google Marketplace was near perfect, while it was a good rip of WinPhone marketplace, it was nice and clear design with the ability to view many apps in one page. I can only see 6 in one page on my S4...

        • Sean Thomas

          I think the idea is 6 is a lot of apps to see at once. I don't think anybody is browsing hundreds of apps in the store very much. You search, you update, that's about it.

          • EvolutionQY71

            Yeah because seeing 6 of the top 100 apps really helps you go through them faster.

            Plus the featured window is as badly convoluted as the one in iOS now :(

  • Benjamin S.

    now the apps just need new icons

  • Ali Ataya

    The new nexus 7 !!!!!

  • Ryan Dack

    This reminds me.. Where is the new Google maps :'(

  • Guest

    if that nexus 7 gets announce i will totally buy that thin bezel on nexus 7 and a aluminium body + S800 ---> WIN + WOW!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001482286220 Karan Ocs

    if that nexus 7 turn out to be real thing with those this bezels and same dimension of nexus 7 + aluminium body + S800 i would totally buy that if it get priced 400 $ !

  • Michael

    Dude has some huge eyes!