CES 2012 has had some big surprises but one of the biggest came from Google yesterday and it dealt with Android ICS. Google has released a statement and has created a specific website to “help” developers develop “better” for ICS:
…To help you in that mission, we’re introducing Android Design: the place to learn about principles, building blocks, and patterns for creating world-class Android user interfaces. Whether you’re a UI professional or a developer playing that role, these docs show you how to make good design decisions, big and small.
The Android User Experience Team is committed to helping you design amazing apps that people love, and this is just the beginning. In the coming months, we’ll expand Android Design with more in-depth content. And watch this blog for a series of posts about design, and invitations to Google+ hangouts on the topics you care about most…
Essentially, all the crap apps in Android Market (70%) – Google wants to help devs make them look/act better for Ice Cream Sandwich. This has been a very serious issue for Google and the Android Platform. It’s open source nature makes it susceptible to poor coding and ugly design and this can be easily seen in the Android market. Think of this as cliff-notes for Android devs. While Google hasn’t set theses guidelines in stone (you don’t have to follow them as a dev) it seems like they are once again trying to restrain Android – In my opinion, they sound close it down completely and have a professional / secure / safe / design friendly ecosystem like Apple. After all, android isn’t that “open”.