Google Design Patterns & the Official Twitter Android App

Twitter released its official Android app about two weeks ago. I was very happy when Frank took on the task of taking a look at it and writing a review piece because I disliked it so much that I uninstalled it within 30 minutes of installing it. You can find Frank’s piece linked below:

Twitter Releases Android App

Google helped Twitter develop this Android app. A team of Google developers contributed to blog post on Android Developers providing some inside information about its development principles:

Twitter for Android: A closer look at Android’s evolving UI patterns

Seven (7) design patterns were highlighted. I have a comments about a few of them:

1. Contacts Sync with Address book at Sign in. Twitter and my email contacts have a tiny intersection point. I do NOT want to sync them. Thankfully, the developers have an option not to sync.

2. Twitter account integration with QuickContact for Android. This is an outcome of design pattern 1. Since, I don’t want #1, I don’t care about #2 too.

3. Dashboard. The Twitter app’s dashboard design is interesting because it resembles some of the design we see in Windows Mobile 6.5 alternative shells with huge amounts of white space between icons. My preference would be for a tighter spacing between icons to reduce finger movement even at the cost of unused large whitespaces below the grouped icons.

4. Action Bar

5. Search Bar

6. Quick Actions. Like the concept but not the execution. It doesn’t feel or look right. I think the icon’s sliding off the side has something to do with this feeling.

7. Companion Widget This is a great idea. Unfortunately, the widget is huge and my Droid only has 3 home screens (the Nexus One has 5). This particular widget takes up too much valuable screen real estate. I might as well run the entire app.

I’m still using Seesmic for Android as my Twitter client.

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