Material Design boosts Xero Touch on Android

Online accounting service Xero uses the Android Material Design framework to sweeten mobile access.

Cloud accounting company Xero is using Google's Android Material Design Standards to improve the usability and speed of its Android app.

Xero is promising better data input speeds and a better aesthetic experience, as well as new features, from its revamped Android app, released today.

Xero said downloads of Xero Touch to date exceed 470,000 and have increased 82 per cent year-over-year.

Google unveiled its Material Design Standards with Android version 5.0 Lollipop in July 2014 at the Google I/O Conference, however, they were not launched until last November.

As well as better and more consistent design, including visual clues and continuity of motion, the standards aim to deliver a unified experience across platforms and device sizes.

"Mobile precepts are fundamental, but touch, voice, mouse, and keyboard are all first-class input methods'" Google said.

The new Xero Touch offers uniform layouts, typography and spacing as well as greater control, Xero said.

App features include: a dashboard providing summary bank account information and the state of invoices and receipts; better menu access; mobile bank reconciliation; expense and receipt management with photo input, mobile invoicing

Xero said globally its customers are getting paid 24 days after invoicing, down from 54 days in 2011.