Google Play has published the Beautiful Design Collection page, which lauds Android apps that it deems to have the best appearance.
For the Summer 2013 period, the Android Design Team has selected 11 apps which meets its rigorous standards. Specifically, the Team looked into the transitions, layout, and typography that the app developers used. From the thousands of apps available, they favored those which both combine form and function in creating the overall app experience.
In the Beautiful Design Collection page, the Design Team provides a description and an explanation for why each of these apps was selected.
The list includes Pattrn by Lucas Rocha, a free app that helps users search for interesting wallpapers made by members of the COLOURlovers community. This app, which has a simple, clutter-free design is said to scale well on mobile devices of various sizes.
Timer by Opoloo is a paid app that uses Holo aesthetics. This is a programmable timer that comes with various themes, notifications, and the ability to save and reuse timers. It also integrates with one’s Google account.
NYTimes for Android by The New York Times is the popular publication’s official app. The Design Team praises its use of typography that allows users to comfortably read the articles.
TED by TED Conferences is an app that features various influential people from different fields like business, music, and sports, among others. The Design Team says that it makes use of well-selected photos coupled with a good layout.
Eye in the Sky Weather by Tim Clark is a free weather app with a clean, elegant design. It comes with several widgets and notifications.
Pinterest by Pinterest, Inc. lets users search for inspiring images, organize them into boards, and follow other users. The Design Team underscores its use of flourishes, transitions, and images which is consistent with the social network on the web.
Expedia Hotels by Expedia is a travel app that comes with itineraries, an interactive map, an easy flight booking feature, and access to discounted deals. When compared to other travel apps, the Design Team says that this has superior design.
Pocket by Read It Later lets users save content that they can read across various devices. Formerly a paid app, Pocket is now offered for free.
Press (RSS Reader) by Twentyfive Squares is a paid app that comes with a simple, minimalist interface that allows one to subscribe to the updates on various websites.
Lastly, Flipboard by Flipboard organizes news and magazine articles as well as social media content in an elegant magazine layout.
The Design Team recommends app developers to take a look at their selection so that they can see the principles of good app design in action. They also promise to update the page with new apps in the future.