There's a new official style guide out there for Android devices. Google is finally starting to understand the importance of a polished UI which is indeed crucial if they want to beat Apple who have mastered this art with OSX and the iPhone.
According to the sleek new design guide, Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) marks a major milestone for Android design. The team touched nearly every pixel of the system as they expanded the new design approaches introduced in Honeycomb tablets to all types of mobile devices. Starting with the most basic elements, they also introduced a beautiful new Helvetica-esque font called Roboto, designed for high-resolution displays.
Although the style guide is great, there are certain parts that make me cringe. This paragraph for example is so hilariously over the top that I must paste the entire thing here to preserve it for future generations. It's a freaking phone, man!
Beauty is more than skin deep. Android apps are sleek and aesthetically pleasing on multiple levels. Transitions are fast and clear; layout and typography are crisp and meaningful. App icons are works of art in their own right. Just like a well-made tool, your app should strive to combine beauty, simplicity and purpose to create a magical experience that is effortless and powerful.
Check out the entire guide here.