Material design


Sample Design

Material Design is Google’s new paradigm for website design, which it showcased in late 2014. The design was ported to Android at the same time, in version 5.0 (lollipop). Because our app has such a large number of users, we never adopt new technologies straight away. But now is a good time to revisit Material Design, and look at the figures.


The table below shows the breakdown of users by version:

Version Percentage
4.x 21.5%
Earlier versions 1.2%
5.0 and later 77.3%

Version 4.0 was already the prerequisite for the current version of the Android client. Raising it to 5.0 would allow native support for Material Design. But without backward compatibility, an additional 21.5% of users will be cut off.


Material Design does not seem to offer much to this particular project, which is mainly text oriented. In the meantime, there is much more urgent work to be don on the iOS client.

Author: Philip Sheard

Philip Sheard has been working in IT for over 40 years, and on this project for the last 20. His current skills include Java, Android, Objective-C, iOS, PHP, MySQL, ASP.Net, SQL Server, HTML, CSS, Apache and WordPress.