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Android's next UI? - Interview with TAT

Postby tum0rc0re » Thu Feb 14, 2008 7:18 am

Hello Community,

May this be the next Android UI :?:
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Yesterday Google released their new UI which some device manufacturers had already running on the Mobile World Congress 2008 in Barcelona. The community reacted with well mixed feelings on the updated UI...

(Source: jars.de) The Astonishing Tribe (TAT) is currently giving Android’s new UI the finishing touches. Hampus Jakobsson from the Swedish company was so kind to answer some questions. Let’s see if TAT reveals Android’s new UI during the Mobile World Congress 2008 (February 11-14th).

Q: What was TAT’s role in giving Android a new UI?
A: We are part of the open handset alliance working with specifying the platform UI.

Q: What were your primary goals in terms of style and functionality and how would you describe the outcome?
A: We are still working on is as you know, there will be a release in a couple of days. As all UI:s the goal is to make the style fit the target group, and make the right features as accessible as possible. A good UI is seldom noticed, only bad ones. So our goal is to make the platform and the devices built on it as user friendly as possible.

Q: Which particular challenges did you face in doing this particular work and how did you solve them?
A: One big challenge with a platform which should cater multiple form factors is always that the UI should “scale” well and be plastic, as the same time as it should make optimal use of the physical UI and keys, to not become to “generic” and clumsy. It is a tricky one!

Q: If you could pick one or two specific things that worked out especially well, which ones would you pick?
A: Can’t tell you… You’ll see in time :)

Q: What do you think is the future of mobile UIs? Will GUIs get less important?
A: No way! I think it will get more important. Time of pure enabling technology innovation is of no more - it needs to be useful to be commercial! More and more services are developed, and the phone is not getting bigger due to the size of the pocket, so UI:s will increase in importance.

Q: What do you think of non-graphical UIs like, for example, speech and gestures?
A: I think ui in general and gui in particular will be important. There are many social (as well as technical, but in time those are easy to fix) obstacles of gestures and voice recognition - accuracy, fidelity and privacy are issues.

Thank you very much.

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Postby res » Thu Feb 14, 2008 7:48 pm

That looks very nice :shock:
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Postby benny! » Thu Feb 14, 2008 8:57 pm

Yup, nice Web2.0 polished style.
Looks fresh for me - and what is more important
IMHO - it looks like it could attract a lot of end-users
which of course would hopefully increses the acceptance
of Android.
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Postby WauloK » Fri Feb 15, 2008 12:15 am

oh Good it looks skinnable. The first photos at the top look like they are directed to teenager tastes ;)
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Postby ramgraph1 » Fri Feb 15, 2008 6:45 am

I looks far, far better than what is on the emulator with the new SDK - I hope things do go in the direction shown above!
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Postby code » Sat Feb 16, 2008 10:43 am

NICE UI :)
Hope this will be the coming UI, it looks unique & user friendly

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Postby mauri » Sun Feb 17, 2008 2:23 pm

Hi all

found some video on Youtube... very exciting UI!!!

[youtube]http://youtube.com/watch?v=rqvL2lZGxQs[/youtube]

[youtube]http://youtube.com/watch?v=Q7ilpFNzz5k[/youtube]

[youtube]http://youtube.com/watch?v=BRxsxynZV8I[/youtube]

[youtube]http://youtube.com/watch?v=NHrnuclAt2M[/youtube]

[youtube]http://youtube.com/watch?v=C3COIvuqeQU[/youtube]

[youtube]http://youtube.com/watch?v=BhobQcgy4uA[/youtube]

[youtube]http://youtube.com/watch?v=1GDl2r0RxpE[/youtube]
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Postby res » Sun Feb 17, 2008 6:30 pm

Thanks for posting the youtube video's.
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How can I make my own branding/ Android UI

Postby cbraun75 » Fri Feb 29, 2008 4:59 pm

So seen a lot of good UI's but my Question how can I set these prototypes into real code so that i can see these on my android emulator? Has anybody therefore a tutorial or hints?

Thanxx for answering!
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Re: How can I make my own branding/ Android UI

Postby res » Sun Mar 02, 2008 1:22 am

cbraun75 wrote:So seen a lot of good UI's but my Question how can I set these prototypes into real code so that i can see these on my android emulator? Has anybody therefore a tutorial or hints?

Thanxx for answering!


Unfortunately you can't at the moment.
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Postby code » Sun Mar 02, 2008 9:38 am

Amazing UIs :idea:
Thanks for the videos .. but when we will be able to use them :(

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Postby plusminus » Sun Mar 02, 2008 10:19 am

Maybe never...

These are just "how it could be"-demonstrations.

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New Icons for Android

Postby GodsMoon » Mon Apr 07, 2008 9:04 pm

Some manufactures at CTIA have been showing some icons that will probably be in the next SDK
http://www.pcmag.com/slideshow/0,1206,l ... 232,00.asp

I guessing google will release the next SDK the day after the ADC.
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Postby Andrex » Tue Apr 08, 2008 1:46 am

Ugh am I the only one who liked the first UI? Each new one gets gradually less professional.

GodsMoon wrote:Some manufactures at CTIA have been showing some icons that will probably be in the next SDK
http://www.pcmag.com/slideshow/0,1206,l ... 232,00.asp

I guessing google will release the next SDK the day after the ADC.


Hopefully Quake will be standard for all Android phones. :lol:
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Postby ramgraph1 » Tue Apr 08, 2008 10:23 pm

Andrex wrote:Ugh am I the only one who liked the first UI? Each new one gets gradually less professional.

No, I completely agree. I saw a picture of the old UI in a recent news article and for a moment thought - "They brought it back!" Considering what Android has to compete against, if they can't go in a MUCH better direction with the getting the UI to be something attractive instead of ugly, I don't see how Android could ever become that popular. Which would be a shame for all of us...
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