We here at Holo Everywhere have a great appreciation for the beautiful new design that you laid out in the Android Design Guidelines. We appreciate it so much that we only feature applications that follow the “Holo Everywhere” mentality that you described earlier this year.
You have clearly dedicated countless hours into building a beautiful UI in your most recent releases (Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean). You have made incredible strides to provide developers with an excellent set of design guidelines and templates to work with in order to create a UI that exemplify’s the “Holo Everywhere” mentality. It is this mentality that has finally and ultimately set Android apart in terms of beauty in application design. )
So please, explain to me why apps like ScoreCenter by ESPN are deserving of two unique and significant titles of “Top Developer” as well as “Editor’s Choice”?
Do the editors that use the label “Editor’s Choice” really feel that ScoreCenter is such a pinnacle of application development that it deserves not one but TWO honerable titles?
I’m not meaning to specifically pick on Scorecenter, but honestly just spend two seconds using the app and you’ll know that this isn’t what truly top developers should be striving for. What they SHOULD be striving for is design, usability, and beauty, which should mimic your own Creative Vision:
Beauty is more than skin deep. Android apps are sleek and aesthetically pleasing on multiple levels. Transitions are fast and clear; layout and typography are crisp and meaningful. App icons are works of art in their own right. Just like a well-made tool, your app should strive to combine beauty, simplicity and purpose to create a magical experience that is effortless and powerful.
Can you honestly call ScoreCenter beautiful? What about simple?
The same question applies to other Android apps that have received the dual honor of “Top Developer” and “Editors’ Choice” such as TripIt, ScoreMobile, Endomondo, and Glympse. Really? Are you going to tell me that the user interfaces of these applications are exemplarly of the titles bestowed upon it?
Now the good news is that this ship can be righted with four simple changes.
Reserve the title of “Top Developer” to developers that follow the Android Design Guidelines.
There are tools available to developers of 2.3 and below devices (ActionBarSherlock) as well as 3.0+ that there should no longer be an excuse for poor design.
Reserve the title of “Editor’s Choice” to apps that not only follow the guidelines, but also go above and beyond in terms of usability and overall popularity.
Apps like MLB At Bat ’12, Spotify, and Evernote belong on this list.
Focus on “Featured Apps” and “Staff Picks” in the Play store that follow the design guidelines.
These apps should exemplify the best in Android usability and design. Too often, I see live wallpapers and poorly designed apps featured, when great apps, such as the applications featured on Holo Everywhere, remain un-noticed.
Make it easy to find apps that follow the design guidelines.
Perhaps a developer could be given the option to “Submit application for Design Approval” to receive a special icon showing their app follows the design guidelines. Then you could create a filter that says “Only show ‘Design Approved” applications” which would allow users to quickly filter through apps to find those that have been given Google’s design team’s blessing.
Use the titles of “Top Developer” and “Editor’s Choice” have meaning and be badges of honor and encouragement for developers to pursue better design. Not only will the prospect of being labeled a “Top Developer” be an incentive, but being featured or listed as an “Editors’ Choice” or “Staff Pick” application could mean increased income or at least additional exposure for worthy apps.
We can fix this Google.
Holo Everywhere Admin