LG provides one of the better explanations about flatter user interface design

The world is flat. Or, it’s becoming flatter when it comes the user experience on the newest crop of...
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13. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

LivingItUpUnderRock: no wonder everybody is copying flat UI from WP, haters and naysayers can nag all they want, I will continue my fanboyism.

14. adwienc

Posts: 136; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

They forgot to say that they copied Samsung.

23. DONUT

Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

how does it look anything like touchwiz now? beyond one or two icons, the UI looks beyond better and different than touchwiz does now. LG did a better job in implementing a new UI than Samsung did. plus I read on CNET (if i rmb correctly) they said the new touchwiz is a mix of the old and new; flat icons + some 3D looking ones? hmmm def not good implementation. give credit when credit is due. and FYI, Samsung copied LG's interface, LG's interfaced had that "touchwiz" look from their very first touch devices; which was during a time when Samsung had no touch screened phones

36. adwienc

Posts: 136; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

Oh, so you are SO blind?http://www.jellydroid.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/galaxy-s5-statusbar-for-s2.jpghttp://cdn.androidbeat.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/lg_g3_optimus.jpeg Since SGS2 LG is copying everything in terms of design from Samsung. I don't like this fact, but what I do like about it is that LG is improving Samsung ideas, LG UI is a lot faster and their phones cost less

41. DONUT

Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

lmao the boorish fanboy cant even read. let me take this out of my original comment: "beyond one or two icons, the UI looks beyond better and different than touchwiz does now" and in the pictures u linked, only the toggles looked the same, beyond that they dont look alike. and had u watched the video in the article, you'd know that LG is using the circle shape (like their logo) as a unifying aspect of their new UI. have several seats BYE

16. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

To sum up... "we have been following the current trend in the market every year since everyone flows the same way in every overhaul"

17. pavsidhu

Posts: 214; Member since: May 20, 2014

Apple was not the "first" company to opt for a flat design, Windows Phone used a flat design before any other company!

21. alumoyo

Posts: 391; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

And android had the Holo Theme before iOS7 - I don't know where PA comes up with these statements!

18. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

wanna say again, google needs to overhaul the visual ui...

20. alumoyo

Posts: 391; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

"Gone was the skeumorphism that adorned the user interface designs in previous devices. Yes, Apple was arguably the first on the scene, but given how quickly the other user experiences followed suit with the competition, it is safe to say that everyone was on the same page for the most part." Apple arguably first on the scene? REALLY??? Not Windows Phone 7? Not google Holo Theme? APPLE WAS LAST ON THE FLAT BANDWAGON! MORE HISTORY BEING INVENTED ON PHONEARENA!

24. firstviji

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 28, 2013

I like this mature design!

31. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I don't like flat, I like the looks of the older ui better

33. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I agree.

40. surethom

Posts: 1684; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Clean & minimum look. I. E. Boaring & unattractive.

48. mikewillz

Posts: 52; Member since: May 03, 2013

Yeah looks great, too bad it will take LG 2 years to update the G2 to this UI.

50. j.khan95

Posts: 51; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

windows phone first introduced the flat ui,

53. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

They should still just use stock Android instead of this flat BS...

65. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

Ewww.. vinella android is super generic. No thank you sir

55. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

I call BS on this. Flat = lazy, it takes far less work to design with flat as the focus. While Apple overdid skeumorphism to ridiculous levels, skeumorphism in itself isn't a bad thing because we live in a textured and 3D world, not a flat one. Personally, I love round icons, as long as they are all round. Some round and some square doesn't look right. I do agree with the color options, but I don't need a color to tell me what app I'm using. I feel like they insulted people's intelligence with that explanation. All in all, it's Metro, nothing more. Metro is a fad, it'll pass when it's time has run its course. Eventually people will wake up and realize flat is boring and don't need things to be flat in order to find apps to open. Font work in Metro is fine, I don't have a problem with that, but enough with the flat, boring UI's.

60. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

The flat ui and icons tends to make things look cheap and cluttered. I hate how some icons can be harder to find when using certain wallpapers or patterns which really takes away the personalization of the phone.

68. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

It is why they have live tiles, it is why your icon based interface has been a fad since windows 3.1....

57. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

I see arguments of people saying that Apple was the first to "opt" for the flat design but the article is specifically saying that Apple was the first on the scene, which in fact we all know that the flat UI trend was set by MS with the introduction of WP7. I'm no fan of WP myself. I find it fairly boring but you need to give credit where it's due. I question the opinions and validity of claims made by writers here because of things like this.

66. freebee269

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

HERE HERE! you would think a site that covers so much mobile tech would not get something wrong as simple as to say apple was the first. this is why you always do what the writers on this site say "take it with a grain of salt". i take everything this site publishes with a grain of salt. and this simple false writing is a great example why.

72. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

trust us, their 'claims' are so nuts, and their reviews even odder...

62. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Circles and overall flatter look? Sounds like its from Samsung. It even looks like it (the UI and the icons all that other stuff)...i like LG, but when can they stop using the same features from Samsung?

67. alexvv

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 16, 2013

the first flat icons were actually a job of the chinese xiaomi (miui) and meizu (flyme) which were essentially a flat icon combination of ios and android. then apple copied that and then the major android oems copied apple.

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