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.
Some of the ideas mentioned above are also reflected in the TSF Shell Launcher app
4 thoughts on “Some interesting videos on alternate/future Android UIs”
Android UI is awful? Compared to what?
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