How would Google Drive and Instagram look like in the new Material Design theme?
Google is slowing giving its various online platforms a Material Design make over.
Google Drive got a Material Design-inspired face life on Tuesday, July 29, and Google Play got the make over a week ago on July 22.
Users who want the new Material Design them will have to click the gear icon on the top right hand corner of Google Drive, and click on “Experience the new Drive” button.
Material Design was announced for at Google I/O 2014 for Google’s upcoming Android mobile operating system. The new OS has been given the development codename “L.”
This confirms rumors that have been circulating before the announcement that Google is working on an Android L. Before Google’s announcement, Android L is also known as Android L, Android 4.5, or Android 5.0.
The new design language for Android L is known as Material Design, and it expands on Google Now’s “card” motifs.
Matias Durate, Google’s director of Android user experience, explained: “Unlike real paper, our digital material can expand and reform intelligently. Material has physical surfaces and edges. Seams and shadows provide meaning about what you can touch.”
One Emmanuel Pacamalan has come up with a developer concept video of how Instagram could look like in Material Design, and the results are refreshingly stunning.
Droid-Life, who brought attention to Pacamalan’s work, even remarked that the actual app might not look anything like the concept because “the company would rather it look more like an iPhone clone.”
Check out the concept video below.