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Thursday, 20 October 2011 10:00

Android designer wades into Microsoft and Apple

Written by Nick Farell



Rubbish UI


Android interface designer Matias Duarte has hit out at Apple and Microsoft for making useless interfaces.

Showing off Android 4.0's attempt at balancing design with flexibility, Duarte claimed that Jobs' Mob clung on too closely to real-world metaphors which were not just cartoonish but were too reminiscent of crude early web design. All of these applications are designed in this real-objecty, faux wood paneling, faux brushed metal, faux jelly button kind of thing, he moaned to Electronista.

It all looks juvenile. It is not photorealistic, it is just illustrations which is what they used to do in the early days of the web, he said.

“If you tried that today, people would be laughing, unless you were doing it in a kitsch, poking-fun-at-yourself, retro art way," he said.

Windows Phone 7's Metro UI was also pants, he said. With its tiled and hyper-stylized interface it was based on the look of urban signage and left little room for flexibility, Duarte said. He thinks that Android 4.0 was closer to the web, where there was a large amount of freedom to customise the interface and make it special, but certain common elements were standardised.

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-1 #1 trajan2448 2011-10-20 17:11
I have an Android and an Iphone, and the iphone is definitely smoother with less glitches. The Android telephone works slightly better than the apple as far as calls go, however. Iphone 5 could be interesting.
 
 
-2 #2 guideX 2011-10-20 17:24
Cocaine is a hell of a drug.. this guy is talking about early design but doesn't realize his grid design for apps/widgets etc is just about the oldest design in the book.. WP7 looks brilliant, as soon as u look at it u see ur missed calls/messages/weather etc...

Android 4.0 copies the fail buttons of Android 3.0 Honeycomb which better resemble a developer tool than a product for the general public.. honestly those 3 buttons are confusing.
 
 
-1 #3 Fud_u 2011-10-21 02:23
Android rocks!
iPhone suck!
Windows Phone blows!
Nuf said, I don't need to explain myself. Why? It's the interweb.
 
 
-2 #4 KB24@CL 2011-10-21 18:15
Quoting guideX:
Cocaine is a hell of a drug.. this guy is talking about early design but doesn't realize his grid design for apps/widgets etc is just about the oldest design in the book.. WP7 looks brilliant, as soon as u look at it u see ur missed calls/messages/weather etc...

Android 4.0 copies the fail buttons of Android 3.0 Honeycomb which better resemble a developer tool than a product for the general public.. honestly those 3 buttons are confusing.

you are totally right. Too bad the fanboys won't admit.
 
 
-2 #5 KB24@CL 2011-10-21 18:16
Quoting Fud_u:
Android rocks!
iPhone suck!
Windows Phone blows!
Nuf said, I don't need to explain myself. Why? It's the interweb.

Is that you Duarte? because your comments are of trollish nature.
 

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