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Google launches style guide website for Android app developers

Search engine giant Google has launched a new website to give Android developers some training in style.

The new version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, comes with a major user interface change over that of previous versions, which Google wants its developers to incorporate within their own apps - for a consistent user experience.

Matias Duarte, the head of user experience at Android, told Wired that the company has launched a new website to help developers work on their design skills and provide a common user experience.

"We haven't really had a style guide. We haven't really given [developers] a lot of guidance on how to migrate [a] application from a phone, perhaps, to a tablet. We've done so only by example," Duarte said.

"Android has had a lot of terrific developer API level documentation. But within our style guide we have things [where] we think, unequivocally, this is the way to make it Android," he added.

The design guide has been created to allow rookie and experienced Android developers to make their applications more beautiful and engaging, in terms of design.