Android UI

Google engineer tells us why iOS will remain more fluid than Android OS

We may be die-hard Android fans here at Android Community, but we've all at least given iOS a chance to shine its light. One of its best features is handling UI actions perfectly, thus leaving the user willing to wait for longer page loads. Over on Google+, Google engineering intern Andrew Munn explained to us precisely why Android OS will never be as fluid as iOS or Windows Phone 7 devices.

ROU UI video teases a new experience for Android

The extremely wide array of options and customizations of Android is one of the many things that makes it great. From custom ROM's, themes, and the ever popular home launchers. What we have here is a teaser video of the new and upcoming ROU UI Launcher for Android, it looks extremely polished and impressive. While currently still under development, it is coming soon and I can't wait to check this out when finally released.

SPB Tablet UI Engine customizes Android slates [Video Demo]

Google is doing its best to dissuade Android OEMs from modifying the Honeycomb UI on tablets, but that doesn't mean it's necessarily the 3.0 way or the highway. We've already seen software fettler SBP's custom UI work for Android handsets; now the company has sent us some videos of its new Tablet UI Engine. As before - and to the frustration of many interested users - SPB doesn't plan to offer end-users either UI, only OEMs. They'll be able to customize the layout and the widgets, adding in their own content and carrier-specific tweaks to differentiate the interface as they see fit. Four different default layouts are demonstrated, including a basic three-pane UI of app shortcuts, widgets and a task manager, a 3D side-scrolling panorama similar to Honeycomb's native interface, and a pinch-zoom navigated "underwater" theme. In a similar vein, a "universe" theme which moves through a 3D stack of apps and widgets might be more suited to a single-point touchscreen. SPB couldn't tell us the names of the OEMs and customers it's working with, but we're told interest has been very strong since the company began showing off the UI concepts late last year. That could mean we'll see more customized Android slates in the very near future. [vms c69b48737cc0c92d0f3a]

MIUI Developers For Android about to Drop Gingerbread ROM

MIUI is a very sleek, smooth, and clean user interface and ROM for Android. You have probably heard of them, or seen video's of their UI. Just like CyanogenMod, and MoDaCo, they build Rom's and have a pretty large following. They are lovers of Android that have developed a completely unique spin on Android and it's UI. Hold on though, Get ready for whats next!

Google to Focus on UI for Gingerbread

No, that title isn't a code for something else. Though, it could be. (We'll let your imagination race.) According to some sources speaking with TechCrunch, it looks like Google's going to go ahead and (basically) pull a Microsoft: with the next release of Android, they want to make it so that handset manufacturers, like HTC and Motorola, have no reason to put their own User Interface customizations on the device.

Droid Does Sense

Not to be out done by its younger brother, the Nexus One, the Droid now does Sense. HTC's custom Android UI dubbed Sense is the most popular version of any manufacturer's in-house UI. It is full of beautiful widgets (no pun intended) that has deep customization as well as many other options. The most notable features of Sense are the built Flash capabilities and native multi-touch integration.

Intuitive UI for Android learns & predicts use

The Android homescreen has greatly improved - with a little help from developers and handset manufacturers - over the various iterations of the smartphone platform, but that's not to say it doesn't still need work.  UK-based Intuitive User Interfaces have launched their first "one-touch solution" for Android, a predictive UI that learns from how the device is used and adapts the interface accordingly. Intuitive UI not only learns which apps and contacts are frequently accessed, but the times of the day at which the user does so.  It then dynamically adapts its UI accordingly; the company gives the example of an Android user who regularly checks their email first thing in the morning, and whose phone would therefore offer one-touch access to the relevant account at that time, and then who habitually calls home on the commute home, and so would have the speed-dial for that number offered front and center at that time. According to Intuitive UI, the app is available now for Android (and other versions for different platforms will follow shortly).  We can't spot it in the Android Market, however, but have a request in for more details. [via MEX] Press Release: Intuitive User Interfaces Introduces One Touch User Experience for Mobile Phones Intuitive User Interfaces' Underlying Technology is Based on Understanding and Predicting Which Actions Users Want to Perform in Various Situations, and Enabling Those Actions With One Touch Intuitive User Interfaces, a developer of innovative technologies which improve and simplify the user experience of mobile phones, today launched its pioneering, one-touch solution for mobile phones, which is based on smart prediction algorithms. Intuitive User Interfaces' underlying technology is based on understanding and predicting which actions users want to perform in various situations, and enabling those actions simply and instantaneously. Those personal, situation-based actions are presented in a unique, intuitive 3D User Interface. The company's technology was developed with a main goal in mind: to make the actions a user wishes to carry out in any given situation available in a simple and intuitive way. The solution has three major aspects:
  • Personal - The phone understands which features and actions are important to different users, as each individual user utilizes the phone differently.
  • Relevant - Users perform different actions in different scenarios. By identifying these associations, a set of the most relevant actions for a specific situation is presented to the user.
  • Intuitive - The activation of these actions is easy, simple and instantaneous.
"Mobile phones today offer many functions, but if you ask users, they will say that phones are too complicated to operate. People want to carry out actions in a simple manner, not to browse through long menu trees or execute many touches or clicks before completing their actions," says Eran Aharonson, Intuitive User Interfaces co-founder and CEO. "By making the phone adaptive to the user in any given situation, we bring One Touch Experience to mobile phones." Today's mobile phones offer a wide variety of applications to answer different users' needs. However, despite the growth in the availability of applications, many are not used. Inherent usability limitations - small screen and limited keypad - turn the activation of these applications into a complicated and time consuming task. Intuitive User Interfaces' solution offers the user the most appropriate actions for a given situation. For example, if a user usually checks his email every morning, a One Touch access to his email is offered in the morning. Similarly, when he is on his way home in the evening, he will be offered to call home. "Our innovative technology improves the phone's usability and brings a new level of personalization to the device by allowing the completion of various tasks with one touch," says Itay Riemer, co-founder and VP Marketing. "Our aim is to offer phone users exactly what they need, exactly when they need it, through one touch only." Intuitive User Interfaces' first solution for Android OS-based smartphones is now available, and support of additional Operating Systems and devices will soon be announced.
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