Android Design V2 features stencils

Summary:As the iPad and Windows 8 are readied for market, Google is doing what it can to jumpstart Android development for tablets (and smartphones). Today, Google launched Android Design 2 UI frameworks for developers.

With the iPad 3 and Microsoft Windows 8 en route to market, Google is under the gun to rally Android developers to tablet development.

To that end, Google announced today that Stencils feature will be included in the next round of Android Design Version 2 tool, made available today.  

"With these stencils you can now drag and drop your way to beautifully designed Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) applications, with grace and ease. The stencils feature the rich typography, colors, interactive controls, and icons found throughout Ice Cream Sandwich, along with some phone and tablet outlines to frame your meticulously crafted creations," said one Google developer who posted the news on the Android Developers blog on

The stencils were made availabfor interinteractive design platforms Adobe Fireworks and Omni OmniGraffle and more will follow, Google says.

Android Design is a set of UI frameworks developed for Android 4.0. Design was first made available in January.

Topics: Hardware, Google, Laptops, Mobility, Tablets


Paula Rooney has covered the software and technology industry for more than 20 years, starting with semiconductor design and mini-computer systems at EDN News and later focused on PC software companies including Microsoft, Lotus, Oracle, Red Hat, Novell and other open source and commercial software companies for CRN and PCWeek. She receiv... Full Bio

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