Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Feb 2013 09:04 UTC
Apple John Gruber illustrates the dangers of not having a clue about history: "The utter simplicity of the iOS home screen is Apple's innovation. It's the simplest, most obvious 'system' ever designed." Thanks for playing.
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RE[2]: What a coincidence!?
by phoenix on Thu 21st Feb 2013 18:26 UTC in reply to "RE: What a coincidence!?"
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By default (as in Factory fresh) there are only about 17 icons on the home screen. All of which are easily movable.

Stock Android 4.2 has less than 10 icons on the home screen, and 5 of those are in the dock so appear on every screen.

Lets compare to Android 4.2: Every app installed ends up with 2 icons

Nope. Every app has 1 icon, in the app drawer. You have the option of copying icons from there to whichever home screen you want. Or, you can just leave them all in the app drawer and have blank home screens.

icon from the desktop doesn't delete the app from the device (or even ask if that is what you meant.)

Depends on the launcher. For example, a long-press of a home screen icon in Go Launcher Ex gives you the option to:
- change the icon
- delete the icon from the home screen
- uninstall the app

Let's then look at the app tray... how is that is any kind of order by default?

Alphabetical by default. Again, depending on the Launcher used, you can change the sort order, choosing between options like:
- alphabetical
- order installed (newest first)
- order installed (oldest first)
- most often used first

New apps seem to randomly appear in the list (is it sorted in some specific order?

New apps either appear in the list according to the sort order you selected, or at the very end of the list. Either way, they get a "new" badge attached so you can find them right away.

It's extremely unwieldy and confusing.

Seriously? You find an alphabetical list of icons (Android) to be confusing, but a random listing of icons (iOS) to be sublime?

Even the UI on the Skinned Android Samsung devices my kids have does a better job of arranging the installed apps that stock Android.

Me thinks you haven't actually used Stock Android 4.2.

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