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Make sure your Apps are ready for Android 7.1.1

 

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Developing with Android 7.1.1 Nougat Final Release

Android 7.1.1 an update to Android Nougat along with the Android 7.1.1 source code to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) is now officially released, so that device makers can get their hands on the latest version of Android. With Android 7.1.1 officially on its way to users, it’s a good time to make sure your apps are ready.

Android 7.1.1 is an incremental release that builds on the features already available on newly released Pixel and Pixel XL devices, it adds a handful of new features for consumers as well as optimizations and bug fixes on top of the base Android 7.1 platform (API level 25). If you haven’t explored the developer features, you’ll want to take a look at app shortcuts, round icon resources, and image keyboard support, among others, you can see the full list of developer features here.

For details on API Level 25, check out the API diffs and the API reference. You can find an overview of all of the Android Nougat developer resources here, including details on the core Android 7.0 Nougat behavior changes and developer features.

Are your Apps Ready? Make Sure.

Take this opportunity to test your apps for compatibility and optimize them to look their best on Android 7.1.1, such as by providing round icons and adding app shortcuts to begin with.

It is beneficial compiling your app with and ideally targeting, API 25. An update to the platform and build tools in Android Studio, as well as the API Level 25 emulator system images is in play. The latest version of the support library (25.0.1) is also available for you to add image keyboard supportbottom navigation, and other features for devices running API Level 25 or earlier.

Downloadable factory and OTA images are also being provided on the Nexus Images page to help developers do a final testing on Pixel and Nexus devices. To help scale this testing, make sure to take advantage of Firebase Test Lab for Android and run the tests in the cloud at no charge through the end of December. After the final testing, publish the apps to alpha, beta, or production channels in the Google Play Developer Console. As mentioned back in August, Google has moved Android Nougat into a regular maintenance cycle and have already started work on refinements and bug fixes for the next incremental update.

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How To Get Design Inspiration?

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Did the egg come first or the chicken, it makes you go round and round in circles. That’s the feeling you get when you start designing something new. 

Inspiration can come from everywhere, especially if you are a designer. To create your finest design, you must get into the nitty-gritty of everything. I began my journey as an interior designer which gave me an edge when I transitioned to UI/UX Design. When we start working on projects, the first thing we do is construct a mood board. But for me, the challenging part was deciding what was good or bad and what worked in the real world.

So, I began with extensive thought about the problem at hand, followed by conceptual visualizations of all possible solutions. It seems intimidating, but it worked for me. I’d later project all those things from my imagination onto the screen. This process didn’t always produce viable solutions, which was a major problem to cope with. After all, what’s the purpose of having a good design if it doesn’t work? So, I merged this approach with swiping and gathering inspirations that I loved by favoriting my way through multiple sites to create a perfect Mood Board.

Next, was putting the mood board into action and creating something unique.

And, in my opinion, this is the most basic process chosen by designers.

Then I joined Mantra Labs, which was intimidating since I went from being a loner to being a loner in a group. From analysing my own ideas to working with a group of amazing designers who don’t hold back on their criticisms. (They never stop talking :P.) It was also intriguing to observe every designer as each one had a different approach to getting design inspiration and it was reassuring to know that there is no right or wrong way. It can come at any moment, anywhere, and in any form; all you have to do is enjoy the experience because it’s a Pandora’s Box, where you get lost and then come out with something amazing you weren’t expecting to find.

I try browsing design websites and talking to others about their work to get insights. And I can say that I’m definitely getting better as a designer day by day- the key is to stay curious and explore new things.

Here is a compilation of some wonderful exercises I intend to try on my projects as soon as I have the opportunity.

Create a lot of opinions and then pick the best one.

Creating a lot of different variations for one project and then critiquing it to bring it down to one which you like. 

Take a counter intuitive path

Going crazy with the thought process, and breaking the stigma of keeping basic, and crazy is fun, and it might surprise you.

Inspiration outside

This includes everything we have done or do on a regular basis, such as opening a bottle or flicking through the pages of a book.

Try apps in your category

Like for an education app, look for inspiration on social media, in travel, or something else.

Visit design websites

As you examine different types of designs, it inspires you and gives you a bank of ideas; all you have to do now is learn how to use those ideas on time and on the right project.

Ask a friend

This is one of the best ways to get better insights and diverse perspectives which can be very helpful.

Conclusion:

The exercises listed above may or may not work for you because there is no perfect science to getting creative inspiration.  Lorinda Mamo once stated, “Every great design begins with an even better story.” So, in order to find design inspiration, you must first find the story. Keep experimenting with different ways; you never know what might work for you.

About the author: Neha is a designer at heart who walks and talks too fast and is always willing to try new things, whether in business or in life.

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