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

Matias Duarte says the Android UI is only a third into the level of polish needed,
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+ and said:

"It's true, we still have a lot of work to do. Personally I feel like I've gotten only about a third of the way to where I want to be with regards to consistency, responsiveness, and polish. Better get back to work!"

Jelly Bean has been mostly adding awesome functions like Google Voice and Now, and focusing on the UI speed with the 60fps Project Butter, so in the next major Android edition we can apparently expect leaps in the stock interface uniformity and consistency as well. On a side note, it seems that Jelly Bean is the fastest adopted Android edition in history, so things are gradually falling into place.

source: MatiasDuarte (G+) via AndroidPolice

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40 Comments

1. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 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.

12. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

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

30. JonBjSig

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 17, 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.

39. JonBjSig

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

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

38. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

2. doejon

Posts: 411; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

jelly bean is great..

3. silentcon

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

how about iOS UI?

7. marcustan

Posts: 3; Member since: May 15, 2012

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4. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 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.

8. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

9. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 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.

25. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 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.

40. dmckay12

Posts: 243; Member since: Feb 25, 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).

13. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

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

19. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

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

23. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

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

35. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

5. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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...

6. platformwars

Posts: 86; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

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

10. xray174

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

web os was polish now bring it to android=)

11. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

17. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

Yup. Only their fans are.

20. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Yawn.....Mr Negative is back!

26. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

thats hilarious.

29. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1246; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

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

14. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 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.

15. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 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.

16. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

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

18. krispyguy23

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

I think he is talking about the home screen orientation.

21. Lawliet

Posts: 160; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

My phone has homescreen landscape. It's not really great, but still nice

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