Google I/O 2014 is simply across the nook – June 25, to be exact – and, as ordinary, it seems to be to be an absolute corker. Anticipate updates on Android, Nest, hardware – probably, the Nexus eight – and perhaps even a phrase or a glimpse at Google’s burgeoning robotic enterprise and the way its not constructing stuff for the DOD.
One of many extra far-reaching bulletins scheduled to happen at I/O 2014, nevertheless, is the lesser recognized, however equally compelling “Quantum Paper” venture. On this piece we’ll define what Quantum Paper is, what it's going to do and why it’s more likely to be a VERY massive deal within the coming months and years.
Quantum Paper: What Is It?
On the floor, it’s sort of all about design. Google needs to make Android and all of its providers – Drive, Gmail, Play – seem utterly unified, and never simply on its Android platform, both. No, Google needs “Quantum” to have an effect on all of its providers, no matter the place they’re in use – so it doesn’t matter should you’re utilizing Android, a PC or iOS, you’ll be taking a look at Quantum variations of Google’s core providers and apps.
Quantum Paper is predicated on Google’s Polymer design initiative, first unveiled final yr at Google I/O 2013. Polymer, in response to Google, is “a toolkit for designing responsive web sites utilizing predefined but customizable constructing blocks.” On this context it will seem Polymer was a beta model (of types) of Quantum Paper.
Quantum Paper isn’t simply visuals both: the initiative additionally covers interface design, scalability and format in addition to movement and consumer interplay. As we stated: it’s a reasonably daring venture – and the ramifications will little question be felt far and vast.
Principally, although, Quantum – a minimum of from the attitude of the top consumer – is about design and the way issues look. It’s about making Android and Google’s providers simpler to make use of and extra aesthetically pleasing throughout all main platforms.
Android Police broke the information about Quantum Paper, following a tip-off from considered one of its sources – an individual very near Google, apparently. The undertaking is described in no unsure phrases as one of many largest software program initiatives Google has carried out because it first started experiment with Android again within the early 2000s.
“In response to info obtainable to us, it represents Google's effort to each create (with Google apps) and encourage constant, lovely design that delights throughout all platforms. Quantum Paper is a massively formidable undertaking, trying to unify and codify paradigms for visible, movement, and interplay design throughout all platforms, together with net, Android, and iOS,” stated the report.
Quantum Paper: What Will It Look Like?
Quantum Paper will come to Google apps and providers first, and due to lately leaked photographs – courtesy of Geek.com – we already type of know what to anticipate (offering they're last designs, that's).
General, the design is blockier, extra trendy and extra constant throughout the board. There additionally seems to be numerous new iconography. However Quantum, born from Polymer, isn’t nearly Google and Android. It’s about giving builders a predefined framework that may permit them to create constant and responsive purposes and content material that may scale to any show measurement.
Quantum Paper – When Is It Occurring?
Quantum is already in movement, however shoppers’ gained’t see the majority of its impact till the official launch of Android model Okay afterward this yr. The platform can be open to builders, nevertheless, and Android Police says Android Model Okay would be the first occasion of “Quantum inside Android”.
Quantum will hit Google providers first, beginning with Google+. Hopefully we’ll hear extra about he undertaking – formally – throughout Google I/O 2014, which kicks off on June 25.