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Matias Duarte says the Android UI is only a third into the level of polish needed, "better get back to work!"

0. phoneArena 19 Sep 2012, 03:20 posted on

Responding to an article that analyzes all the little quirks and inconsistencies even in stock Android, and even with Jelly Bean, like lack of landscape orientation support for the interface, random actions of the back button and so on, Matias Duarte, Android's UI chief, took to G+...

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posted on 19 Sep 2012, 03:25 27

1. galanoth (Posts: 341; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)


Running CM10 on my Galaxy S III and I just love it.
If this is Android at only 1/3, can't wait to see what Matias has for future Android versions.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 04:12 3

12. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)


ya me 2...my NeXUS is buttery smooth on stock jb as well as well as cm9 n aokp...

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 08:01 2

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


That makes me really excited to see what happens in 4.2/5.0, I'm running stock 4.1.1 on my Nexus S and Nexus 7 and it's unbelievable.
The only thing that's bothering me is that the Nexus 7 really isn't equipped to run Android 4.x+, but even then it's still really good.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 15:20 2

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


Meant to say Nexus S isn't quipped for 4.1, the Nexus 7 definitely is.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 13:00

38. Pings (Posts: 301; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


I know right. I'm running Linaro AOKP JB Build 2. Wow this rom is super fast, and stable. If this is 1/3 of Android iOS doesn't stand a chance. This is the innovation and evolution of Android. It is great how much they are pushing the envelope. Now if they other guys would innovate instead of copy someone elses idea's and sue companies like they invented it. We would have some real competition.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 03:32 15

2. doejon (Posts: 360; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


jelly bean is great..

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 03:36 3

3. silentcon (Posts: 4; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)


how about iOS UI?

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 03:53 21

7. marcustan (Posts: 3; Member since: 15 May 2012)


outdated

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 03:39 5

4. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


Ice Cream Sandwich was the beginning of the end for iOS. Wait for Zebra Cake, iPhone would not even reach iPhone 9, we'll be at Galaxy S 23 or something.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 03:53 3

8. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4109; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I don't think Android will make it to Z. Soon, the Android Era will end, and will be replaced with hands free smartphone solutions. Google Glass is the first prototype of the next-gen of the mobile industry. Who knows, maybe Google will just re-brand Android into something else to keep it current with the tech, and not get rid of it completely. It might be called something else and be used differently, but Android will be the foundation of the new UI of the next generation.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 04:02 3

9. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


I don't think they'll change the name. Windows has evolved into Windows Mobile and Windows Phone and is still continuing the naming.

Android must establish a very polished tablet UI. The failure of Chromebooks will lead to a Desktop Version of Android soon.

I'm actually making a concept, a Droidbook Nexus. I think Android will reach Z, but that's a far time away.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 07:28 1

25. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Considering jelly bean is J and zebra cake is Z with Z being the final and 26th letter of the alphabet and J being the 10th with approximately one edition being released per year we have 16 years until zebra cake.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 15:49

40. dmckay12 (Posts: 243; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


True, but considering J is the 10th letter and Android turns 5 in November (from first phone released), then it could be released in as few as 8 years (unless minor updates receive new names).

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 04:13 2

13. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)


huh...please explain me how'll galaxy reach no.23 and iphone only 9??

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 06:15 4

19. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


i meant Apple wouldn't even reach 9 if Android becomes so polished and the Galaxy and other phones will live on.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 07:08 3

23. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)


ohh...now understood..!
u meant by popularity and overall market share...

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 10:05

35. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1058; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


Because iPhone 9 will come in 7 or 8 years! ;-)
http://m.phonearena.com/news/iPhone-5-parody-promo-video-ridicules-Apples-announcement_id34562

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 03:47 7

5. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4109; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Only a third? Jelly Bean is a third of the way there, and it is arguably the most functional and smooth OS out right now? Can't wait to see where Android will be in 3-5 years, when they should be more than half the way there if they increase productivity...

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 03:48 5

6. platformwars (Posts: 82; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


Wow.. only 1/3rd... Can't wait till it reaches 100%

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 04:06 4

10. xray174 (Posts: 85; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


web os was polish now bring it to android=)

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 04:07 14

11. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


This is what I love about Google and its heads. If there's a major issue that's pointed out, they'll agree, apologize, and/or announce they're already working on it. No bluff, no guff, no bulls**t. They're not afraid to admit they're still working on and improving their operating system.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 05:54 4

17. ayephoner (Posts: 837; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


Yup. Only their fans are.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 06:18 3

20. joey_sfb (Posts: 3247; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Yawn.....Mr Negative is back!

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 07:31 1

26. ayephoner (Posts: 837; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


thats hilarious.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 07:56

29. kanagadeepan (Posts: 724; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Yes, they don't give answers like "You are seeing it wrong" to such critics..

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 04:30 4

14. bloodline (Posts: 693; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


IMO android is the future of mobile platforms. Others can only look on as android over takes them and eventually overlaps them.

Cant wait for the next addition to android.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 05:15 2

15. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Okay Goog, polish up the design of Android but please don't make new guidelines to make apps look uniformed.
It would restrict imagination and creativity of developers.
And just like nature shows us, diversity is what drives evolution and progress.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 05:33 2

16. yowanvista (Posts: 318; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


"like lack of landscape orientation support for the interface"
What is he even talking about? That feature is already implemented in ICS/JB

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 06:10 3

18. krispyguy23 (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


I think he is talking about the home screen orientation.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 06:46 1

21. Lawliet (Posts: 160; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)


My phone has homescreen landscape.

It's not really great, but still nice

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 09:06

33. JC557 (Posts: 1164; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


My old Droid Charge did that when placed in its dock and that was on 2.2.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 09:24

34. yowanvista (Posts: 318; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Afaik ICS/JB have this, even CM9 does.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 06:49

22. StreetNerd (Posts: 722; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


i can be a designer like him... copying from WP

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 07:12 2

24. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


Thats why I dumped android! It is a very awesome os with a lot of personalization but the apps and the UI are not nearly as refined as ios. Accept it guys don't just dislike my comment, android needs improvement.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 07:33 1

27. savezo007 (Posts: 41; Member since: 12 Aug 2012)


its opposite day so i disliked ur comment

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 08:03

31. kanagadeepan (Posts: 724; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


"However perfect one may be, there is still room for improvement"... Google knows this and so they are accepting and correcting the flaws and moving forward steadily...

Not like the half-eaten rotten fruit co person saying "I have done correct by placing antenna outside---BUT, YOU ARE HOLDING IT WRONG"... How you felt when your fav person said those words??

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 07:37

28. mercorp (Posts: 985; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


Apple must have gave him icandy to suck inreturn of these words

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 08:09

32. mkdk7 (Posts: 6; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


go android

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 10:13

36. remixfa (Posts: 14169; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


so basically he wants to improve it another 150%... from JB.

You go boy. JB is pretty damn great the way it is. If your plans are that big, I'm all for em.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 12:25

37. speckledapple (Posts: 879; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


I think JB is probably the best most complete version they have come out with. Its solid.

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