Google IO 2013 Preview : Could We See A New Design Interface with Key Lime Pie?

March 31, 2013 - Written By Alexander Maxham

This week, we learned from the folks over at Android Police that Google’s new Keep (Note-taking) application has a brand new font. In fact it is Roboto Slab. It actually looks rather nice. But that’s just one of a few subtle different design changes we’ve seen in Google apps as of late. Another is the Google Cards scheme. In fact we’ve seen the NowPlaying music app that’s using the Google Cards design scheme, which looks really nice. So could we see a new design interface coming at Google I/O when we see Key Lime Pie?


In addition to the cards scheme, we’ve also seen many apps switching over to the Holo light design. Including the Google Play 4.0 leaked apk we saw not too long ago. Now before Android 4.0, the design of Android was pretty meh. I’ve been a user of Android since Eclair with the OG Droid. Android has gone through a huge change as far as design and the UI is concerned. Even since Android 4.0, it appears we’re reaching a bit more of a nicer, and lighter design. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the holo blue color in the status bar change to the white/gray color of the software keys.

Let’s take a look at how the general user interface has changed over the years with Android:

android homescreen

As you can tell it’s a huge change. Now with Key Lime Pie coming out (my preview will be coming out later today) in May. I wouldn’t expect a huge change in the interface, but we will see some more differences. I, for one, really like the new cards scheme that Google introduced with Google Now in Android 4.1 last summer at Google I/O. In terms of design changes, think we’ll see something like the differences between Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean (Android 4.1). There were some big changes, but mostly minimal. We’ll probably also see the Roboto Slab font become more apparent in the OS.

Image Credit: Android Police
Image Credit: Android Police

Now what I’d really like to see is an overall “night and day” theme. There are a few Twitter apps that allow for a darker theme at night, and it will switch automatically. I know Tweedle is one of those that will change from your regular theme to a dark all black theme at night. Which is easier on the eyes. That is something I’d really like to see as a design and interface change in Android 5.0.

Many people might say that the Card layout reminds them of WebOS, but I wonder why? I mean Matias Duarte did used to work on WebOS, and he is now the design guy at Android. I must say, I like his taste in design. Android 4.0 was gorgeous, I didn’t think it could get any better. Then Android 4.1 and 4.2 Jelly Bean was released with a few smaller changes that made it look even more gorgeous. With that said, I can’t wait to see what Android 5.0 has in store for us at Google I/O in May!

So what do you want to see changed in Android 5.0? Possibly more Google Now styled apps, like Google Keep? Let us know in the comments below.