Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 21st Jun 2013 08:32 UTC
Google Reddit user mr03 created a very thorough visual comparison to show just how much Android has changed over the years. No text, just pictures. It's amazing how dated older releases look.
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Huh
by peteo on Fri 21st Jun 2013 08:40 UTC
peteo
Member since:
2011-10-05

I think it's amazing how little it has evolved. Still a grid of icons, with some widgets thrown in, basically. And in fact, some of the early icon designs are more pleasing on the eye.

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RE: Huh
by Troels on Fri 21st Jun 2013 09:00 in reply to "Huh"
Troels Member since:
2005-07-11

I agree. Sure, some of the of the screens look dated on the old releases, especially the status bar and the widgets, but the way it works is remarkably unchanged.

Not complaining though, i like the Holo look&feel and i think it gets things done easily without much fuss, the only thing that bugs me is the default icons, to me they look like something from Linux in the 90s or early 00s, especially the phone icon. Luckily that was fixable with the right launcher.

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RE[2]: Huh
by Laurence on Fri 21st Jun 2013 10:22 in reply to "RE: Huh"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

I've owned a handset that's ran pretty much every version of Android (as my main phone as well). So I've seen the evolution first hand. And personally I don't think icons were that bad in real life. But you have to bare in mind the competition back then looked worse (iOS being the exception).

What I always hated was the mesh background that sat behind the icons. Even back when Android 1.5 and 1.6 was new, I thought that looked dated. In fact I'd go further and say down right crappy. I didn't like the graphic for the handle of the icon draw either (though I did like the usability of it).

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RE: Huh
by cfgr on Fri 21st Jun 2013 09:58 in reply to "Huh"
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2009-07-18

I think it's amazing how little it has evolved. Still a grid of icons, with some widgets thrown in, basically.


In the same way that forks today still look the same as forks hundreds of years ago. Some concepts are very hard, if not impossible, to improve. That's also why I dislike the common discussion about who copied whose layout and who was the first. No-one was, it's evolution through trial and error.

A grid seems to be the best option for organising a bunch of applications: it has the same shape as the screen and it's easy to find stuff by memory as grids are pretty static and have an extra dimension over lists. That's probably why the current grid is not scrollable but behaves like pages instead (at least on my Nexus), unlike on older androids. So there's still some evolution there, just not revolution ;)

Sure there are other ways of starting apps such as voice and text search, but none seem to be as efficient or reliable.

Edited 2013-06-21 09:59 UTC

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RE[2]: Huh
by peteo on Fri 21st Jun 2013 11:02 in reply to "RE: Huh"
peteo Member since:
2011-10-05

Uh, all the awesome launchers show there are better and cooler ways. I'm sure someone will finally "get it" and make a disruptive phone interface (be it a skin or not)

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RE[2]: Huh
by zima on Fri 28th Jun 2013 23:29 in reply to "RE: Huh"
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2005-07-06

In the same way that forks today still look the same as forks hundreds of years ago.

The ones for hay or the ones for eating? If the latter... they actually changed ;) , forks of the past for eating looked different; kinda like miniature forks for hay. Look up the last episode of Game of Thrones (s03e10), you can see it there.

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RE: Huh
by orfanum on Fri 21st Jun 2013 15:16 in reply to "Huh"
orfanum Member since:
2006-06-02

I agree, was immediately just going to post separately that the more 3-D icons look far better.

Why do we graphically have to live in a default way as though the Earth is flat, as it were, or we are viewing ancient Egyptian wall paintings?

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RE: Huh
by WorknMan on Fri 21st Jun 2013 22:00 in reply to "Huh"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

I think it's amazing how little it has evolved.


Yeah, and in some ways has gone backwards. No SD card support anymore in the stock rom, no CIFS support, and they did something in 4.2 that broke interoperability with some bluetooth game controllers.

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