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Jelly Bean brings 3 different UIs for Android devices

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Jelly Bean brings 3 different UIs for Android devices
The Android ecosystem isn't tightly controlled like Apple's, so the idea that 2 different UIs (one for phones, and one for tablets) would be enough to make all devices work to their fullest may not be correct. At least, that's Google's idea with the new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update, which reportedly has 3 different UIs to take advantage of each screen size. 

The different UIs are specifically for the Android system itself, of course, as apps will scale automatically to any size. Apps will all scale, but will only look good on larger screens assuming developers have bothered to use the Android SDK tools properly. Still, with Jelly Bean, Google has decided that the interaction metaphors used on phones or on 10" tablets may not be the best for use on a 7" tablet, and has added in an extra UI for that use case, which mixes together the best of both worlds. 

We've seen the evidence of this with the Nexus 7, which uses the pull-down notification shade that is seen in Android phones, but has the paneled app layouts that you'd expect from an Android tablet. At first, it was thought that the Nexus 7 was using the phone UI, but actually it is a new UI layout for 7" tablets. So phone, 7" tablet, and 10" tablet layouts are going to be the defaults for Android Jelly Bean and going forward. 

And, just to reiterate, because we know there will be those out there who want to scream the "f" word (which we no longer use around here): the addition of the 7" tablet layout will not cause any issues for developers, because as always any developer that actually cares about the user experience (read: not Twitter) will use the responsive design tools in the Android SDK to make an app that scales well no matter what the screen size of the device. 

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posted on 11 Jul 2012, 15:41 15

1. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


That's something unexpectedly good

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 16:49 9

14. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4187; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yes this is GREAT. I love Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean on my Samsung Galaxy Nexus. It's so smooth, super FAST & the Google Now is just plain genius. I can't WAIT until my Asus Transformer Prime gets some Android Jelly Bean action.

I still can't wait for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 which should run Android Jelly Bean when it comes out as per the rumors.

WOW Android is where it's at. Innovation indeed.

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 23:31 4

42. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Yeah it's getting better, custom roms are also great and Jelly Bean is a big improvement

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 15:43 10

2. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


Now this, is innovation .

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 15:47 4

3. fur0n (Posts: 69; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


YAY more fragmentation!

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 16:02 13

4. Birds (Posts: 1003; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


It is not really fragmentation..Android has a built in PPI calculator and it correlates it to the screen size, to give the perfect text legibility and screen formating for software, movies and games....It is just a versatile OS unlike IOs**t.....(yay my first apple joke!)

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 16:10 9

5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8665; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Felt good didn't it? :)

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 17:06 1

19. Birds (Posts: 1003; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Yep. lol

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 17:20 5

23. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


And that's how you bitch slap a troll

Using that same argument the iPod iPhone iPad iPad mini iPhone 4" iPad with retina are and will all cause fragmentation

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 16:23 8

8. Synack (Posts: 668; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Don't be jealous that your iPhone is getting stretched out and is going to look like s**t. Cheers to innovation....... not.

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 17:03 4

17. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


whut? you cannot read, dumbdumb?

Android apps will scale out, so no matter which UI you are using, it will still be the same.

You could make just one app and that will work with all UIs (phone, hybrid, tablet).. Unlike the fragmentation of iPhone and iPad apps.. get it? no? i'm not surprised, your brain is already fragmented by the different functionality iOS 6 will bring to different iOS devices..

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 17:03 2

18. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Please, do some research before posting sh*ts!

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 18:28 1

33. jroc74 (Posts: 4947; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I take it you didnt even bother reading the article....

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 22:30 3

38. mrbtree (Posts: 59; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


you call fragmentation when the full ios 6 experience will only be available to the iphone 4s and ipad 3, the iphone 4, 3gs and ipod 4th gen will be getting cut down versions without the new maps and SIRI (not sure about the ipod)

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 16:22

6. Elvis. (Posts: 25; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Intredasting...

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 16:22

7. KingShango (Posts: 89; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Hasn't MS has already done this with Windows 8? A UI that works on laptops, tablets and phones (obviously modified).

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 17:30 3

25. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Not at all this occurred with 3.x-4.0 and is kinda different

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 16:25

10. JGuinan007 (Posts: 634; Member since: 19 May 2011)


What about 5.5" phones where is the special interface for that?

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 16:45 2

13. JonBjSig (Posts: 176; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


I think those will just use the phone UI.

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 17:31 2

26. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Tablet 7" interfaces might do

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 18:00 1

30. MobileCaseReview (Posts: 241; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


You can always just change the dpi :)

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 16:27 2

11. omacmagics (Posts: 42; Member since: 27 Dec 2011)


Yay!! more trolls...

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 16:34

12. TMach (Posts: 372; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Makes perfect sense!

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 17:09

22. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i was hoping this was the case! thank goodness! it didn't make sense to me that Google would get rid of the Action Bar, it was real practical for larger Tablets. now i wonder where my Xyboard 8.2 will fit? i guess in the 7" department.

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 04:04

45. IamYourFather6657 (Posts: 321; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


Honestly I like the 10inch traditional tablet ui more ,
Wonder if you can change it in the nexus 7 ?

posted on 13 Jul 2012, 17:25

48. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i do too and i doubt it.

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 17:23 2

24. Ohrules (Posts: 320; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


does the f-word now mean fragm*******n instead of F***?

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 17:59

29. Elvis. (Posts: 25; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Lol, yes, I think that's what Michael meant.

posted on 13 Jul 2012, 16:16

47. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2680; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Around here it does, because we would never use the word f*** anyway, so the banned f-word for us is f************. (that is a lot of f***ing asterisks...)

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 21:39

37. andyman_187 (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


ICS is also capable of doing multiple UIs....here let me make this easy for googling....CM9 PARANOID ANDROID....this custom ROM (based on Cyanogenmod 9) has been ported on several devices already....allows you to switch between phone, tablet or hybrid UI modes. It even has per app UI settings (which let you choose how individual apps will display i.e. tablet or phone mode).

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 22:30

39. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


we're all aware of this. the Padfone does this and Motorola does this with Webtop, the different TABLET UIs based on display size is what's different.

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 05:32

46. andyman_187 (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


and that's where the hybrid mode comes in. I've seen videos of the Nexus 7 UI, and CM9 Paranoid Android can easily replicate it and you can even customize it to your liking. basically what I'm saying is, it's not surprising that Google would implement this in Jelly Bean since it's easy enough to do in ICS.

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