We will redesign our android app using google material guidelines. Now I use illustrator for wireframing so I started looking for material design kit resourses and I found this whiteframes in the google site, where the file contains screens like this which it appears to be perfectly composed screens, with perfect font sizes and style where the only missing element is colour. I can imagine doing wireframes with that level of detail would be very time consuming. Is there any other way, tool, kit to wireframe for material design without that level of detail?
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The main reason of the wireframing is to build babysteps of the design. Wireframe focuses on what elements you will use, how elements interact each other. So wireframing is crucial for the design process. On the other side, Designing acording to Material Design principles is next step after the creating wireframes. You can find benefits of the wireframing on this article
I suggest Balsamiq Mockup for the wireframing, it is neat and good start for designing process. However, if you passed wireframing step and want to take the UI design process, I suggest Sketch. It has plenty of resources on the web and you can find Material Design element resources for Sketch.
A good way to wireframe for Material Design on Android would be to use a Wireframing tool for Android itself - WireFlow by Ludomade. It is brilliantly developed and offers most shapes used in Material Design for Android and is very easy to make almost perfect mockups and then replicate them on Photoshop/ Sketch.
It can be done on the go and can be shared as well.
However if you want to go professional, Balsamiq doesn't have the latest paper elements and other things you'd require in Material Design, but it'll work if you only need to wireframe the design and then proceed to construct a high fidelity mockup based on the wire frame.
You can find popular "Mockups to Go" with Balsamiq on Android out here: https://mockupstogo.mybalsamiq.com/projects/android/grid