Android only ‘a third of the way’ to where it should be

Android only ‘a third of the way’ to where it should beAndroid User Experience Director, Matias Duarte, was recently recognised as one of the 50 Designers Shaping the Future by Fast Company. Well, that makes sense, given Android’s ludicrous market share.

However, Matias, in response to some Android-related criticism, concedes that Google’s OS is far from perfect. No arguments here, bro.

The story unfolds over on Google+, with many followers giving Matias a well-deserved pat on the back.

One cheeky chap, however, suggests that Android still needs a heck of a lot of work, pointing to the recent Things I Can’t Stand About Jelly Bean article over on Android Police (and receiving 85 ‘+1s’ for his trouble).

To his credit, Matias replies: “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!” Good on you, chap.

Incidentally, the latest figures from Android Developers put Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) on just 1.2% of Android devices - as of September 14. Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), meanwhile, is just a few points ahead of Froyo (Android 2.2), with 20.9% and 14% respectively. Hmm.

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Stelph  Sep. 20, 2012 at 12:58

Only a third? On the Tablets id say Android is only about 10% of the way, and thats being generous. Until they really focus on seperating out Tablet apps on the play store so you know which ones will look good rather than that distribing stretched look, and start creating core apps that use the abundent power that Android tablets are getting (movie editors and other content creation tools) then they will always be hugely far behind Apple and, seemingly, Microsoft when Windows 8 comes out

Pondlife  Sep. 20, 2012 at 13:57

Do the vast majority need movie editors and other content creation tools, isn't there enough crap on the net already?
Besides he was talking about consistency, responsiveness and polish not specific apps

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 20, 2012 at 14:24

Yes, pondlife is right.
Afaik he was talking avout the UI and user 'experience'...

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 20, 2012 at 14:25

although, stelph's point ties into that, no?

barrybarryk  Sep. 20, 2012 at 14:39

Most of the problems from Android come from bad 'Apps' written by bad developers. It's just an issue of having a relatively open store front. iOS isn't without it's turkeys too though. As for content creation 'apps' neither Android or iOS are any good, iOS is better but it's still crap, it's not so much a problem of the OS on either side though the hardware just doesn't lend itself well to it and no one wants to write their mega 'app' that's going to make them millions so they can retire or move out to California so that it requires a peripheral like a keyboard or trackpad. It immediately alienates most of the market.

But either way they're both very new OS's running on relatively new platforms, it'll take years to figure out what works and what doesn't consistently.

Pondlife  Sep. 20, 2012 at 14:44

although, stelph's point ties into that, no?


Too an extent at the start it's ui related, but Matias isn't about to start making video and music apps in amongst tidying the icons and layout minutia.

I don't really agree that separating tablet apps and likely charging again for them is really necessary or an improvement, and again they can't be responsible for changing others apps.

Pondlife  Sep. 20, 2012 at 14:55

I think the bigger problem for both really is the unmitigated **** that usually makes up the top ten grossing apps

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 20, 2012 at 15:02

True... A colleague got an SGS3 and she asked me what apps to get (she was a BB-user)...
I wasn't able to name ONE 'must-have' app. Sure, I could advice her as to which ones to get for certain 'jobs', but beyond that? Of course, I'm not the biggest Android fan, but I regularly check out new apps etc

barrybarryk  Sep. 20, 2012 at 15:04

I think the bigger problem for both really is the unmitigated **** that usually makes up the top ten grossing apps lol yeah that's the problem, unless you're making the sort of throwaway rubbish that makes those lists you're never going to make any money.

Well that and I'm pretty sure software companies have absolutely no intention of funding porting over their £30, £40 hell even £100+ PC software to a mobile platform just to cannibalise their own sales with a £9.99 version

Pondlife  Sep. 20, 2012 at 15:21

Yep like coin dozer at #5 on google play, a virtual version of the coin push things you might put a few 2ps in at the seafront arcade. Actually judging by these sales I should start putting them in shopping centres around the country.

Not unless it's really old software at least, like Final Fantasy 3 on Google Play for just £10.99 #19 in grossing charts.

ipod on other side of room atm but I know there's successful junk there too...

Pondlife  Sep. 20, 2012 at 15:54

Besides he wasn't likely to say it's all as good as it's going to get and I'm going to spend next few days working out a handset design to use for the next three years, after that i'll push paperclips round my desk with my nose.

jaybear88  Sep. 20, 2012 at 20:21

Did anyone go to the article Lewis posted about problems with Jellybean? Pretty good stuff! While some of it is just the writer being a pain, the majority is pretty good! And unfortunately, a lot of the problems would be easily remedied.... but aren't.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 20, 2012 at 22:40

Did anyone go to the article Lewis posted about problems with Jellybean? Pretty good stuff! While some of it is just the writer being a pain, the majority is pretty good! And unfortunately, a lot of the problems would be easily remedied.... but aren't.
Yes! I checked them out, they're all right. Admittedly, some were pretty pathetic and I'd used them but not noticed them before. I didn't realise how many regressions Jelly Bean actually had, hopefully KLP will put them right (or 4.1.2).

jaybear88  Sep. 21, 2012 at 16:35

I was about to ask what KLP was..... J -> K -> L -> P
I sigh at myself sometimes.

Pondlife  Sep. 21, 2012 at 16:45

I thought I posted it

equ  Sep. 24, 2012 at 23:31

I like my nexus7. Not found anything yet that is apple only. Yes task manager in 4.1 jelly been is worse than 1.3gingerbread but is much better at having lots of apps open...

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