Both the official Twitter application and Facebook application use a similar set of UI design patterns in their apps. These patterns were set out by google themselves in this blog post. The thing is not many apps use these design patterns.
Is it best to stick with the crowd and not use the design patterns (standard title bar instead of action bar, long press on list items instead of the contextual QuickActions box and no dashboard) or should I go with the design patterns proposed by Google and use by some.
Will using something new confuse users more than it helps them as people might be more used to apps without some of these design patterns.