Time for smartphone user interface to change
Time for smartphone user interface to change?
Times of India reports that Matias Duarte, the man behind Google's Material Design language, has called the UI used by Apple in its iOS mobile operating system "very heavy and burdensome." The comment was made by Duarte, the vice president of design at Google, as part of an interview with Wired.
Talking about the design languages used in smartphones and tablets, Duarte said "It's very easy for things to settle on standards that are sub-optimal." He added, "It's not a world where the best package wins." Duarte said that the success of the first iPhone in the market was a "fairly positive" moment, but "crystallised a lot of other things that were kind of stayed even by that point, like the rows of icons, which don't scale very well."
He also credited Apple's move as a combine of ideas that put all the features the industry leaders wanted in the right package. Duarte, however, said that the time is ripe for a change as smartphones' design is ageing, while that of the laptop has already aged. He also sees a big opportunity in the small screens of wearable devices. Though the design transition will be a long process, it needs to happen, Duarte said, as the software (icons introduced by Microsoft and Apple) and hardware (like the mouse and trackpad) are not the best solutions for the hardware of today.