The Material Design interface has been constantly improving for all these years since it was released with Android 5.0 Lollipop in 2014. Since then, the Android interface has been adapting to new trends, and we have seen how it has evolved with [Material Theming](Material Theming) or the current Material You.
Google’s interface experts keep studying what are the best designs and animations to make apps feel more “sleek”, and for that they recently conducted a survey to find out what the right transition is.
Users’ favorite transition
To determine which app transition was the right one out of all the options offered by Material Design, Google created an app that recreated the experience of ordering food, displaying dishes in a grid, and when users tapped the menu, one of the seven transitions, or no transitions. Google asked study participants which transition they liked the most.
Most participants chose the container transformation as their preferred transition to open information for each of the menu items. Participants offered a wide variety of reasons for this preference, from how the transition matched their expectations to the emotions the transition inspired.
For many participants, this transition matches the experience, as clicking on the map smoothly transitions to a new view in a very fluid and natural way. Some participants even said that this transition made the app feel warm and welcoming. Others have reported that this transformation of containers evokes the feeling of picking up something to take a closer look or zoom into a menu, as one would physically.
With this study, Google showed how choosing a transition can improve the emotion and expressiveness of an application, as well as the importance of the animated transition between two pages. Google reports that no transition is right for all, but we now know that the transition where the container turns into a new page is a user favorite. Perhaps we will now see more of this animation in apps from Google and other developers.
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