“Laser focused” Android team to improve UI for Gingerbread

by: James TromansJune 17, 2010
Android UI from HTC

Android UI from HTC

Android UI has been a major part of the strategy for HTC and Motorola. With more and more manufacturers adopting the green robot, the user interface is really the only way to separate oneself from the pack. HTC have become particular famous for their Sense UI which also exists on WinMo devices. It is clean, compact, graphically interesting, but all in perfect proportion. If everyone just used the stock Android UI, Android life would be much more dull.

Well, if Google have their say, things are certainly going to head this way. For the next release of Android after 2.2 (Froyo) sometimes referred to as Gingerbread, Google have promised that they will be “laser focused” on releasing an improved version of the Android UI. This is something the Apple iPhone is popular for. One of the contributing factors for this improvement stems form the fact that companies like HTC and Motorola have to revise their UI each time Google release an iteration update to Android. This certainly does not help the fragmentation issue.

However, there is no denying that with so many manufacturers using Android, there is the requirement for differentiation within the market. Hardware alone is unlikely to cut it, but with that said, the PC market has relied on hardware to differentiate the market for many years. Google will aim to make something more beautiful than the HTC Sense UI and easier to use than an iPhone.

[Via TechCrunch]

  • sorry, can you please correct the spelling of laser? it is an acronym standing for “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation”…..no “Z” anywhere… (i am far from the perfect speller but “lazer” just grates on me)

    otherwise, a good article :)

    • Yeah, Lazer is a brand name. The technology is most definitely called “laser.”

  • elijahblake

    So here’s the question i have about this… If 2.2, i’m assuming that’s what Gingerbread is going to be, makes skins no longer needed (HOPEFULLY). Then wouldn’t that mean that the 2.2 could be pushed immediately to all devices?

    If so, AWESOME!!!

  • Surya

    I have a contrarian point of view on this need to skin to look different argument.
    All WinMos had the same UI whatever is required can added as an extra app.
    This waiting for a new skin is very irritating and pointless.
    At some point HTC or Motorola would discontinue support for the older models, then what?
    My submission, use the stock version and add apps as and when it comes.
    Remember the shell changes that were done to Windows…

  • jco

    Being a user of both Sense UI (my phone) and iPhone (company phone), I can’t see how the iPhone can be taken as reference.
    I also bought a few home apps for Android, but IMHO the Sense UI is just one step ahead in terms of speed, elegance and polish.

    JMTC, jco