Designing For Android

detroitlabsDetroit Labs has a new post on 5 Reasons Why Your Android App Should Not Mirror Your iOS App (And Vice Versa).

Their first reason is something I have been saying for a long time: It will cost you more if you clone an iOS app. However, something I hadn’t considered is that paying attention to platform differences can be better for app marketing…

“If you build features that are Apple- or Android-specific, app stores are more likely to feature your app, and it will definitely garner better ratings.”

More specifically, at the moment, if you do a great job implementing Android’s Material Design then you will be on a faster track to being featured in the Play Store.

So what other kinds of things should be different? Take a look at my article on Porting iOS to Android for some high-level tips.