Google I/O 2014 was held last week. One week out, I think I’ve finally had a chance to parse through all the new information!
It was a pretty exciting few days for Android developers. Below are a few highlights, but I’m curious as to what all of you think about everything.
The next Android release, codenamed “Android L”, will include a design overhaul named “Material Design.” This is the new design theme that is the love child of Holo (first introduced with Ice Cream Sandwich) and Cards (made popular with Google Now). There aren’t any major differences, but it’s a nice update with some cool features that already has me feeling like Holo designs are dated.
Views can now have a Z value for drawing order (think z-index from the web). Higher values mean they are higher off the screen, which results in bigger shadows or appearing over other elements with lower values.
There are new Animation and Transition APIs, and they look great! Definitely check out this page and click on all the animated GIFs to see them in action.
For the first time, the next version of Android (“L”) is only available as a beta for developers. It won’t...