Google and graphical interfaces: Regular is not the solution

The graphical interface of an operating system is perhaps the most important element since it is what we see and what leaves us a positive or negative experience in terms of its use, functionalities and also gives us the necessary sensations to know if we will continue with it or not. This is not banal, maybe for many people interacting with a UI or another is the same but there are many users, as in my case we are so switchers that we need elements to give stability to our life with the smartphone, that is, something that attracts us to them.

Android GUI Kit

For many years, I will not hide it, I rejected Android Stock because I hated its interface. It is true that it was and is very fluid, that quite possibly was already close to iOS records in terms of agility but aesthetically it did not attract attention for the better, too coarse, too much for and for computer users. However, when things are done well and excellence is sought normally results are given and in this case, Google ended up winning. He refined his system to make it much more usable, prettier and much more stable, which in the end is important. The progress of Google in these years have been very meritorious with Android, Ice Cream Sandwich and Project Butter are the touchstones that has cemented what we have today in Kit Kat, a mature system that almost completes everything we ask. And now comes Android L with the skin change that shouted for the green robot and with performance improvements but there is still work to be done.

Android L Vs TouchWiz And Others

The sensations I have had with Android L have been very satisfactory, both aesthetically and functionally. We had the feeling that, in the absence of the logical evolution of time, Google has finished a work that began in 2008. However, and that is the spirit of this post, it seems that it is not able to impose its criteria and It’s a real shame. We already commented on a previous post on the web and if you do not know: I’m a fan of the new UI for which Google has bet both for Android and Android Wear and quite critical that Google allows layers about manufacturer on its software.

Samsung touchwize Interface

Before if they made sense, as we said the operating system left a lot to be desired aesthetically and complete with own apps and a layer that made it more attractive was not over. Layers appeared as Sense, HTC, which was my favorite and more than one reader surely, TouchWiz, Samsung, TimeScape, Sony and many others who tried to compete to differentiate within the Android landscape. With the passage of time and the constant improvements on the part of Google, it made less and less sense to use these layers on top of an Android Stock stable, increasingly accessible thanks to the price reduction of the Nexus 4 and 5.

Android Wear Interfaces

Google Android Wear

Google presents L and Android Wear and now none of this makes sense. It is true, as our partner Ivan said that some manufacturers provide interesting apps, functions that may be interesting and that in the mobile version have evolved the system in many cases. In fact, what we now know as the double tap that LG incorporated with the G2 is going to be taken to Android L soon in a native way, so we understand this option, without sharing it. Some interfaces as round as those presented this year by Californians should not be made up by Samsung, LG, and company that will make Android Wear another hodgepodge similar to mobile. The role of manufacturers should be, in all formats of the system, in providing interesting apps, in the style of what Motorola has done in its terminals in 2013 and in 2014.

Overall Impression

Google and graphical interfaces are a binomial that is now at its peak and that step back that will allow manufacturers to put layers on Android Wear seems very unfortunate. In the mobile system, I already give for the loss that option, without understanding it too. In Mountain View, they must realize that they depend on the manufacturers as well as the manufacturers of them and can do equal or more strength to complete a user experience over the manufacturer layers.