Google Drive iOS Material Design Update

almost 8 years ago from , Project & Studiomanagement @yccpgroup + Freelance Front End Designer


I really do not like, how none of the Google apps updated by Material guidelines do not fit with common interface patterns for iOS.

Good design should be about adopting platform standards. What do you think?


  • dwi ashdwi ash, almost 8 years ago

    Good design should be about adopting platform standards. What do you think?

    Yea, just like iTunes in Windows

    20 points
  • Andrea MazziniAndrea Mazzini, almost 8 years ago

    Yeah, I really don't like it. They should adopt the platform standards like they did in the past, right now this app sticks out like a sore thumb in the whole iOS ecosystem.

    6 points
  • Sam MularczykSam Mularczyk, almost 8 years ago (edited almost 8 years ago )

    I do like Material Design. But based on these two screenshots, this looks exactly like an Android app.

    That's not necessarily bad, but it's... interesting that Google is changing all their products on competing devices to suit their own platform's design language. I personally don't think it fits, and could be a dangerous path to go down.

    I just thank god Microsoft didn't do this with OneNote/Office apps.

    6 points
    • Alec LomasAlec Lomas, almost 8 years ago

      I think the implementation doesn't fit, but Material is incredibly flexible and can accommodate iOS standard elements. In this particular case, the action bar should not be separated like an Android app. One of the many things Android fans have been upset about since (at least) last November is the inconsistency between product design teams at Google. I'm not sure if this is another case of that happening, but it is a possibility.

      On another (selfish and petty) note, after years and years of iOS ports on Android, I am slightly happy to see it go the other way for once.

      3 points
      • Sam MularczykSam Mularczyk, almost 8 years ago

        Completely agree - Material Design is definitely flexible enough to accommodate iOS conventions. It's a little telling that they avoided that path with this app, though...

        0 points
  • Jimmy HookerJimmy Hooker, almost 8 years ago

    It's their way of saying "This is how we do things on Android, if you didn't know. Maybe you'd like it better here". It seems a little obnoxious and maybe arrogant, but it's smart advertising.

    Another commenter mentioned iTunes on Windows, what Jobs referred to as a glass of ice water in hell. The new office for Mac will have the ubiquitous Windows ribbon interface (as well as, apparently, feature parity with its Windows counterpart).

    These are smart decisions, and only a minor inconvenience to most users who are presented with a little learning curve.

    5 points
  • Jason M, almost 8 years ago

    I feel like I'm always about to accidentally hit the floating add button.

    4 points
  • Mattan IngramMattan Ingram, almost 8 years ago

    Personally the inconsistency with iOS standards doesn't bother me so much, but I have always been UI flexible as long as it is intuitively designed.

    My only real issue with is that the Floating Action Button is a "New Document" button which I will basically never use on my phone. When I use Google Drive on my phone I am looking up a document in a meeting or on the go, I don't think I have EVER created a document on my phone.

    They should switch the search and new buttons.

    3 points
  • Evan DinsmoreEvan Dinsmore, almost 8 years ago

    Yep, agreed. I've written a bit about this in the past, but I think there's some strategy behind this for Google. People aren't going to stop using Google Drive, Gmail, or any of their other services just because they're not following platform conventions, and the apps themselves are very well made, they just happen to stick out like a sore thumb. The benefit for them is that it makes transitioning from iOS to Android much easier because everything is identical in all of Google's built-in apps.

    So, they get away with it, but most companies can't. Or at least, don't get the benefit out of it that Google does.

    2 points
  • Andrea MontiniAndrea Montini, almost 8 years ago

    They're actually pushing you to buy an Android devices as you will feel comfortable with Material Design implementation. I personally do not like actions in the top navbar, which even on my iPhone 6 is turning out they're far way too small to easily tap.

    1 point
  • Braden HammBraden Hamm, almost 8 years ago

    I like Material Design, and I think some of the apps look good, despite not conforming to iOS design (Chrome, Inbox).

    However, these screenshots look terrible.

    0 points