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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RE[2]: Huh
by Laurence on Fri 21st Jun 2013 10:22 UTC in reply to "RE: Huh"
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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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