Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Jan 2011 22:25 UTC
Google Stuff just keeps on piling up today - and I'm trying to work through my second playthrough of Mass Effect 2 on insanity (fourth playthrough overall). I have the sneaking suspicion, though, that nobody sympathises with my problems... Anywho, Google just unveiled the tablet user interface for Android 3.0, Honeycomb. Looks pretty decent I guess - somehow, it reminds me of Tron.
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Wow...
by mrhasbean on Wed 5th Jan 2011 23:11 UTC
mrhasbean
Member since:
2006-04-03

I'm not saying it's not cool, 'cause it is, but again Google, like so many others, have totally missed the point. Unless of course they are only targeting "techy" users?

If I was an every day average run of the mill non-techy person - ie. the majority of the population - and just happened to be an Android phone user, and I went and bought an Android powered tablet expecting it to be familiar, get right in there and work, not have to learn anything new, etc, I'd be pretty pissed off.

Funky interface though. Lets just hope that in using it the thing is more polished than Chrome as an OS...

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RE: Wow...
by Delgarde on Thu 6th Jan 2011 00:12 in reply to "Wow..."
Delgarde Member since:
2008-08-19

I'm not saying it's not cool, 'cause it is, but again Google, like so many others, have totally missed the point. Unless of course they are only targeting "techy" users?


Or targeting anyone without preconceived ideas of what it should look like. Sure, it's pretty different from the interface on Android phones - but then, it's not a phone, so why shouldn't it have an interface designed for a tablet instead?

Besides, who buys *any* device and expects to not have to learn anything new? I buy a new phone, the interface is different from the old one, even for the same manufacturer. Buy a new laptop, Window 7 has replaced XP, and the newer Office 'ribbon' has replaced the old menus and toolbars.

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RE[2]: Wow...
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 6th Jan 2011 00:33 in reply to "RE: Wow..."
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2005-06-29

Give the poor guy a break. After the Apple fanatics disregarded Android for months on end as a crude toy for geeks, now that it's incredibly popular, they have to come up with ever more contrived reasons to dismiss it. It's like watching a child tripping over his own lies about not taking candy from the jar.

Incredibly entertaining for those of us who really don't give a shit about any platform in particular (iPhone user here).

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RE: Wow...
by asdf on Thu 6th Jan 2011 01:17 in reply to "Wow..."
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2009-09-23

I love my android but it would be stupid to use the exactly same single task oriented interface on a tablet. It's a different form factor. It's only natural to adapt the UI accordingly. Techy or not, as long as the fundamentals of interaction are kept consistent, people usually can get used to things pretty quickly.

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RE: Wow...
by flypig on Thu 6th Jan 2011 13:22 in reply to "Wow..."
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2005-07-13

If I was an every day average run of the mill non-techy person - ie. the majority of the population - and just happened to be an Android phone user, and I went and bought an Android powered tablet expecting it to be familiar, get right in there and work, not have to learn anything new, etc, I'd be pretty pissed off.


I think you're making exactly the mistake Microsoft made for years, trying to fit Windows on to tablets, and trying to make Windows CE look like its older brother. This is exactly the mistake that Apple didn't make with the iPhone when they made it nothing like OS X.

I'd suggest that if you make a device that's intuitive enough, it doesn't have to be familiar.

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RE[2]: Wow...
by Elv13 on Thu 6th Jan 2011 22:49 in reply to "RE: Wow..."
Elv13 Member since:
2006-06-12

It is OSX, just with an app on top, just like MS Surface is Vista with an app on top. But yea, when it come to interface, it's better to rewrite all the UI for most form factors. But when it come to OS, let it scale, it's good like that.

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