Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Apr 2012 22:35 UTC
Google Google's CEO, Larry Page, has just published a letter titled "2012 Update from the CEO". It's a state of the union-sort of thing, mostly filled with the usual stuff of how great Google supposedly is (we'll decide that for ourselves, why thank you). There's one bit in it, though, that caught my eye - something that puts Android's supposed fragmentation issues in a rather different light.
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Verenkeitin
Member since:
2007-07-01

Too bad Android (stock ICS) and iOS are both freaking usability disasters.
-Multitasking is a joke.
-Using multitouch gestures on a tiny screen is a joke.
-Gestures are undiscoverable an inconsistently available.
-Gestures are accidentally triggable and not undoable.
-Preference to grids of cryptic icons instead of menus with words.
-Using sliders as check boxes and doing it poorly and inconsistently.
-etc.

Special thanks to Samsung for designing Galaxy S2 so that it feels like a thin bar of oiled soap and has a front that is touch sensitive practically everywhere.

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Exactly. Some people don't want to admit it, but while ICS is a lot better, it's not enough yet.

The OS still has a very, very big apps problem. I really don't care if the App Store has 100 billion apps, the discoverability and quality of those apps are astonishingly low. The amount of pure unfiltered crap on the Marketplace is unreal.

Performance is still(still!?) terrible on unbelievable hardware. There is just no excuse for the lack of optimization.

I think the problem stems from the fact that too much is put into the hands of OEMs which are not really software companies. I don't care how much you try Samsung, TouchWiz isn't going to fucking work. Your software engineer sucks, stick to making mobile phone chips.

This leads to buggy drivers, broken updates, and an overall shoddy experience. It feels like the whole thing is taped together.

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dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

Yes, it's astonishing that owners of best search engine created a market that sucks so much about finding apps.

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dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

I kind of agree as well, I don't know why suitability of touch screen input paradigm for absolutely everyone is so much taken for granted.

The absolute majority of cell phone users still rock keyboard based candybars and is happy with them.

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