Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Pure Android

Most developers want to distribute their apps on multiple platforms. As you plan your app for Android, keep in mind that different platforms play by different rules and conventions. Design decisions that make perfect sense on one platform will look and feel misplaced in the context of a different platform. While a "design once, ship anywhere" approach might save you time up-front, you run the very real risk of creating inconsistent apps that alienate users. Consider the following guidelines to avoid the most common traps and pitfalls.

1.)Don't mimic UI elements from other platforms.
2.)Don't carry over platform-specific icons.
3.)Don't use bottom tab bars.
4.)Don't hardcode links to other apps
5.)Don't use labeled back buttons on action bars.
6.)Don't use right-pointing carets on line items.