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Top 9 UI Design Trends for Mobile Apps in 2018

Mobile phone UI design trends keep changing and cannot catch up yet as a UI designer? Here are top 9 mobile app UI design trends for you in the upcoming 2018.

Mobile app User Interface design trends keep changing based on varying user needs. However, that does not mean UI design trends for mobile apps in 2018 could not be predicted. Actually, after carefully analyzing UI design trends and innovations in the past few years, we could find some laws behind and predict the possible trends that will also continue into the following 2018. Hence, here we will share top 9 UI design trends of mobile App for you in 2018:

1. Overlapping effects

The overlapping of fonts, graphics and colors cannot only make UI designs more eye-catching and distinctive, but also create a sense of space. And that’s also why overlapping of different mobile app UI design elements has been widely used by designers in recent years.

Moreover, in some cases, the overlapping of the same elements, combining with shadows, will also make the whole mobile app interface designs more fantasy and impressive.

Hence, the overlapping of different elements in mobile application UX design will also be a trend in 2018.

2. Color Gradients

In last few years, rising numbers of designers adopt color gradients in their design works when they are trying to design logos, buttons and backgrounds for mobile app interfaces. Why? The answer is simple. Even when you have chosen a single color, you can also show a rich sense of hierarchy and draw a beautiful picture while combing it with color gradients and different graphics.

Therefore, the color gradients will not only be popular throughout 2017, but also will continue in 2018.

3. Opacity

The same components can have different effects after you have adjusted or set their transparency. So, while designing phone app interfaces, setting the opacity of different components is a nice way to work out an excellent design work.

Moreover, the transparency settings for different colors or graphics can also create a colorful glass texture for app interface components. And that’s why designers widely use this method into mobile app logo designs.

Overall, no matter how you will add opacity effects to UI design works for mobile apps, setting transparency of different components will have a definite rise in popularity for the next year.

4. Simple curves and geometries

In comparison with a complicated and changeable UI design style, more and more designers have adopted a simpler and more natural design style in mobile app UI design. For example, in comparison with a phone app interfaces covered with various colors, graphics, buttons, pictures, animations and more complicated elements, a phone interface with simple curves, geometries and buttons could be more effective for people to focus on the major functions and features of a mobile app.

So, this way will also be trending all the way across 2018.

5. Strong color or font contrast for better readability

Strong color or font contrast could also help designers work out an excellent UI design to attract user attention. For example, adding fonts in different styles, types, sizes or orders can also deliver a sense of hierarchy and space. And color in different types and styles also create sharp contrasts and make entire designs more colorful and eye-catching.

6. Custom illustration interfaces

In 2017, custom illustration also plays an important role in mobile app UI design and will also surely be popular in 2018. The mobile application interfaces with different styles of illustrations, like hand-drawing, simple style, paper-cut style and famous painting style illustrations, can not only make applications more interesting and distinctive, but also give mobile apps personalities and make them more impressive for app users.

7. Functional animations and interactions

Adding animations or interactions to icons, fonts, photos and buttons of a mobile UI interface always has a positive impact on the app users and give users more pleasant experiences. And this trend will also continue in the following 2018.

Moreover, it is noteworthy that micro-interaction, which is initially introduced and highly recommended by Dan Saffer, will also be continuously developed and used by designers in the coming 2018.

Micro-interactions, which mean to add more interaction designs for some details of mobile app interfaces, allow users to communicate with apps easily and also get feedback soon. That is definitely a good trend which designers should follow to complete their mobile app UI design.

8. Voice-activated interfaces

Voice-activated interfaces of mobile apps simplify the operations of users. Just like using Siri, you can easily start or log in a voice-activated mobile app with voice orders instead of clicking any button or entering any password. Moreover, in 2017, most mobile apps with voice ordering services also finally became the most popular apps over the internet. So, voice-activated mobile apps will also be continuously popular in 2018.

Of course, except voice-activated interfaces, fingerprint-activated interfaces will play an important role in the mobile app interface designs in the future.

9. Mixing different trends will also be a trend in 2018

In actual design cases, designers will not only use one method mentioned above to complete their app UI designs. Oppositely, they will often adopt two, three or more methods, like overlapping effects, color gradients, functional animations and color contrasts, etc, together to get much better and unexpected effects.

Hence, mixing different trends in mobile app UI design will also be a trend in 2018.

Wrap up

Mobile app UI designs are as complicated and changeable as user needs. So, no matter whether these top 9 UI design trends for mobile applications will really gain their era in the upcoming 2018, as a UI designer, you are always supposed to stay innovative and creative all the time, grasp user needs constantly and combine new scientific and technological achievements timely. And then, it will not be hard for you to complete a mobile app UI design with distinctive interfaces and good user experiences.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Review

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Key Features

  • (*) 6.4-inch Super AMOLED HDR display
  • (*) Snapdragon 845/Exynos 9810 
  • (*) 12-megapixel variable aperture main camera, 12-megapixel secondary 2x zoom camera - 6GB RAM
  • (*) 128/256GB storage
  • (*) 4000 mAh battery

If you’re looking for a phone that’s big on size, power and storage then the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 might be for you. This is a beast of a device, with a 6.4-inch HDR display and an option of 512GB of storage.

The overall design hasn’t changed much from the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and takes many of the alterations that made the Samsung Galaxy S9 an iterative update.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 release date

You can pre-order the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 now. It’ll begin shipping on August 24. There are a number of pre-order incentives and these will vary depending on region.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 price

In the UK, the Galaxy Note 9 pricing is as follows:
(*) 128GB – £899 (*) 512GB – £1099
If you’re looking to pick up the phone in the USA, these are the prices:
(*) 128GB – $999 (*) 512GB – $1299

As a comparison, the iPhone X costs £999/$999 for the base 64GB model and £1099/$1099 for the 256GB model. The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus costs £869/$839 (64GB).

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Design

If you’ve seen the Note 8, then you’ve seen the Note 9. Samsung has kept the overall design very similar and that’s not entirely a bad thing. Even though it’s been around for a year, the curved front and sandwiched metal rim still feels distinctly modern. Many phones have adopted a similar look to this, but none feel as highly-engineered and finished to perfection.

The glass is still a smudge-magnet and I’m constantly worried about dropping such a large device, but I’m inclined to forgive these shortcomings for such a well-crafted phone.

Sticking with a glass back enables wireless charging, a Galaxy staple, while the other much-loved features like an IP68 water-resistance rating, headphone jack and expandable storage also remain.

The biggest design difference is that the fingerprint sensor now sits below the camera, not next to it. This small change makes such a difference: I no longer smear the camera sensor every time I go to unlock the phone.

Samsung is rarely bold with its colour choices, but with the Note 9 though, things are a bit different. The headline-grabbing colour combo here is a bright blue finish that’s contrasted with a sharp yellow S-Pen. I love it and feel it’s a real step forward for a device that was once famed for being too businesslike.

I’m also a big fan of the fact that, for the first time, you can buy the S-Pens separately, letting you experiment with different combinations. The Note 9 will also come in the standard black, the same lavender purple as the S9 and a slick coppery gold – though sadly this doesn’t seem to be coming to the UK or US.

There was time in the early generations of the Note where it would sit above the S-series when it came to specs. Now, it just matches its smaller sibling. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is powered by a Snapdragon 845 in the US and an Exynos 9810 elsewhere (the same as the S9 and S9 Plus). It packs the same 6GB/8GB RAM as the S9 Plus and a quad-HD HDR AMOLED display.

The display is marginally larger than the larger S9 variety, but only by 0.2-inches. It’s an absolutely stunning display that I doubt will be beaten this year. There’s improved AKG-tuned speakers too, so your media will both look and sound great.

The biggest spec differences come down to both phones battery and storage size. If you absolutely must store everything on your phone then the 512GB (128GB is now the base) Note 9 is for you. You can even bulk that up to 1TB with the addition of a microSD card. The battery is huge too: 4000 mAh. 

Whether this leads to improved endurance remains to be seen though.

During the Unpacked event that saw the Note 9’s release, Samsung also unveiled a partnership with Fortnite developer Epic games. This will see Fortnite available first on Samsung’s devices, with other Android phones coming later.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (S Pen)

The S-Pen remains the Note’s biggest selling point. The Wacom-powered stylus gives the Note something none of the competition can match. It’s now Bluetooth enabled and, as I mentioned above, comes in a few different colours. The Bluetooth addition seems gimmicky: am I ever going to use this to control the camera or flip through presentations? Probably not.

In use the S Pen is as good as ever – it’s fluid, smooth and uber-responsive. I’ve never managed to keep using an S-Pen long term, but considering how many Note fans swear by them, the S-Pen remains a positive addition.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Camera

On the back of the Note 9 is a new camera system. Well, it’s new for Note series. The 12-megapixel camera with a variable aperture (f/1.5 + f/2.4) has been plucked straight from the S9 and S9 Plus. Next to it is another 12-megapixel camera, this time with a longer focal length for 2x zooming.

The setup doesn’t seem to have changed from the Galaxy S9 Plus, which might be a disappointment to those hoping the Note 9 would rival the Pixel 2 or Huawei P20 Pro for best phone camera. I shot some quick pictures with the Note 9 during my demo and they looked very similar to the S9: colours were very vibrant, but details were slightly oversharpened. I do like having control of the aperture though, especially as f/1.5 is good for blurring the background and improving low-light shots.
4K video recording is supported and there’s a decent-looking 8-megapixel camera on the front.

Inside the camera app, Samsung has taken a note from the Huawei P20 series and added in automatic scene-detection. Samsung says there are 20 scenes it can detect and it’ll alter the picture depending on your environment. There’s also a mode that’ll notice blemishes and offer to fix them.