Android Design & Development
Disney Movies Anywhere launched in 2014 as an app that allows users to link Disney films purchased on iTunes Store and other digital services into a unified library.
My team was brought on board to integrate Chromecast into the upcoming Android app. We continued to work on features for two years including the movie player, conversion to Material Design, and expansion to Android TV and Amazon Fire.
Senior Android Developer / Product Designer
Google IO - Material Design samples
DMA for iOS vs DMA for Android
The members of the product and design teams were all iPhone users, so they didn’t know about Material Design. Worse, they were unaware that Android users were getting more and more frustrated about being treated as “second class citizens” due to cheap iOS carry-overs.
The DMA for Android design was essentially a “second class” design — a copy of the iOS app, which itself was based on old iOS 6*.
* iOS 6 was the end of the older iOS Skeumorphic era. The modern, flat iOS redesign started with iOS 7 in 2014.
Two things happened in October 2014 to add pressure: the Play Store received a massive Material Design update and Google released the Lollipop SDK with Material Design features.
DMA for Android was scheduled to launch in November using an outdated design that risked heavy criticism from the Android community.
Play Store design update - October, 2014
As soon as the new SDK was released, I spent two weeks updating the app to use the new SDK and Material Design as a proof of concept.
My version caused some intense last-minute debates with the product teams and stakeholders, but ultimately we implemented my redesign and used it in the DMA for Android launch.
- The Verge
- Android Central
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