Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Jun 2014 08:34 UTC
Google

To prevent any more of Android's past from being lost to the annals of history, we did what needed to be done. This is 20+ versions of Android, seven devices, and lots and lots of screenshots cobbled together in one space. This is The History of Android, from the very first public builds to the newest version of KitKat.

Very detailed, and a fun read.

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by hobgoblin on Mon 16th Jun 2014 13:53 UTC
hobgoblin
Member since:
2005-07-06

I found the whole thing shallow, and overly focused on the design of things.

I started reading Ars Technica after discovering their multi-page articles on Linux and CPU internals, and i find this, tho large, lacking in comparison.

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h5n1xp Member since:
2013-08-24

The CPU architecture articles are what drew me to arstechnica too... Probably 14 years ago or something!!

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dnebdal Member since:
2008-08-27

I found the whole thing shallow, and overly focused on the design of things.

I started reading Ars Technica after discovering their multi-page articles on Linux and CPU internals, and i find this, tho large, lacking in comparison.


That's a bit like complaining that their CPU architecture series had really shallow coverage of the marketing and packaging. This is a study of the evolution of the user interface - the metaphors, controls, overarching theme choices (or lack of such), and what functionality is and isn't included by default.

In other words, the "design of things" is the actual subject matter here - no wonder you thought there was a lot of it.

Edited 2014-06-16 23:44 UTC

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hobgoblin Member since:
2005-07-06

In other words, more like their pixel counting OSX articles than their CPU articles.

Give me a writeup of the changes in the internals of Android from version to version, and i'll be happy.

I swear that if you wanted to you could have themed 1.0 to look like 4.4. That is how much value UI design has (at least imo).

Damn it, i keep seeing this design over function attitude spreading all over. On /r/android people as dismissing the very real issues with how Google is handling SD card support because "praise Duarte".

Edited 2014-06-17 13:07 UTC

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