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Teaching Your Client Android Design or Ridding The World of iPhoneys

24th October 2013 in London at Business Design Centre

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Watch this Droidcon London talk to find out about Android design patterns, Android anti-patterns, and how to add those little flourishes that surprise and delight your users - and much more!

Clients don’t get Android. Soho agencies really don’t get Android. They seem to think that if you take an iPhone app and stick an Android badge on it, then you’re done. But users are smarter than that these days, and they want, and deserve, and demand better.

This Droidcon London talk will give you the confidence to stand up to your client and tell them where they’re wrong, where their design agency’s wrong, and show them that you really know how to make a proper native Android app and convince them to trust you and come along for the ride.

It’s your absolute duty as an Android professional to help your client by correcting them in this way – but of course you can’t say that without some serious supporting foundation and of course no fear of being fired – but that’s another story.

So you'll hear about Android design patterns, Android anti-patterns, and how to add those little flourishes that surprise and delight your users; where to obey Google guidelines, and where to deviate; and how to work with designers and product owners to mould their original vision into a proper native Android app that sits comfortably in its little green robot home.

Kenton will be illustrating this talk with his experiences developing BBC Weather and Summly this year. Within a month of release, BBC Weather became the BBC’s third most popular Android app after iPlayer and News, its highest-rated Android app with a rating of 4.7 and the ratio of 5* to 1* reviews at over 100 to 1, with users raving about its native Android credentials.

It became the fifth app he’s worked on to be featured by Google on Play Store. Summly was famously sold to Yahoo who immediately closed down the iPhone app and shuttered the Android app days before its release, but it’s still worth using it as an example of how to take a great iPhone app and make an even better Android app from it.

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Kenton Price

Kenton Price and Reuben Scratton are old schoolfriends that formed Little Fluffy Toys Ltd in 2009 to specialise in custom Android development and consultancy. We also publish our own applications on Android Market, including Cycle Hire Widget, the mo