Some interesting videos on alternate/future Android UIs

I love Android, I really do. Probably more so for geeky developer-y reasons than anything else. I love the application architectural concepts of Activities and Content Providers that can be mixed and matched to form a complete experience, as well as the fact that it supports true multi-tasking, not the pseudo multi-tasking that iOS supports (its shocking how many apps actually cannot handle multitasking on my iPad with the OS 4 update). But its no secret that the Android UI is awful! I hope the 2.3 Gingerbread update fixes some of these but my hopes aren’t that high (its a point release after all and considering how much of the UI needs to be changed from ground up, I can’t imagine a lot has changed there)

But recently I found some rather interesting videos on Android UIs so I thought I’d add them here so that I can always find them, and hopefully inspire some Android devs to look beyond the built in widgets:

The following videos come from the ReadWriteWeb blogpost

Here is another awesome Android MOD called MIUI for rooted Android phones which brings a much more polished UI to the Android that I discovered from this link:

I’ll add more videos here if I find any but I definitely hope people start being more creative about the UI on the Android devices.

[Update]
Some of the ideas mentioned above are also reflected in the TSF Shell Launcher app

Author: Arpit Mathur

Arpit Mathur is a Principal Engineer at Comcast Labs where he is currently working on a variety of topics including Conversational Technologies, Affective Computing and Blockchains and decentralized services. Arpit has also worked extensively on Android and iOS applications, Virtual Reality apps as well as with web technologies like JavaScript, HTML and Ruby on Rails. He also spent a couple of years in the User Experience team as a Creative Technologist.

4 thoughts on “Some interesting videos on alternate/future Android UIs”

    1. Maybe awful is too strong a word, but compared to iOS its still not good. My problem is with basic UI controls like TextInput, Checkboxes, Choosers and even the basic font. A hello world app in Android looks really poor

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