Material Design was developed by Google and is a design language used for Android devices. The idea, is to provide a design language which mimics the feel of pen and paper.
Material Design was announced by Google at the 2014 Google I/O Conference on June 25th, 2014. It is intended for use with all versions of Android after 2.1 and in conjunction with the v7 appcomcat library and later versions.
Third party developers can incorporate Google’s Material Design functionality in their own work using freely available Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). For browsers that cannot support Material Design in its native format there is also a collection of user interfaces under the label “Polymer” that mimics Material Design for those browsers.
There are various components of Material Design for integration with Android Apps including:
- The material theme
- List and card support