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Why Android 4.2 interface looks the same on smartphones and tablets?

Why Android 4.2 interface looks the same on smartphones and tablets?

All users and fans of mobile devices running the Android operating system from Google are talking about new terminals yesterday presented, as are the four Nexus and Nexus 10 , but also of other big announcement that the search performed, the new version of Android 4.2. However, there is one detail that does not fail to mention and wonder through social networks. Why the new interface in 4.2 looks the same as in both mobile tablets? For nothing less than Matias Duarte. has decided to answer this question through his profile on Google+ .

is responsible for the user experience on Android, a task of utmost importance because their job is to develop and improve the way we interact with our devices. At some point, Matias said the Android interface is halfway yet , but she loves the way it has evolved. However, if after Nexus 7 many wondered why the interface looked like “a big smartphone” with the new Nexus 10 and Android 4.2 , the question is repeated, with more intensity, so much so, that reached his ears and has decided to answer.

The executive says:

“There is something that is vital for Google to Android, and that is the consistency and usability, which are dedicated to significantly improve with each new release. With the arrival of Honeycomb introduced a navigation interface with buttons located directly on the screen, this inspired the arrival of the same interface for smartphones, Galaxy Nexus from our previous phone, and flexibility achieved through this is amazing.

It is a reality that large screens are pointers trend in mobile today, and therefore, users who spend hours and hours a day with your device in hand doing a myriad of things, the subject in different ways, there is no such thing as a “correct grip” for a smartphone or a tablet, you take it as you wish and serve him for his role, and that is why the navigation bar should always be located in the same place and in the most comfortable, whether in smartphones or tablets, to avoid confusion at the time of search. This is something that is noticeable when using the phone every day, and according to our studies, the experience is much more satisfying. “

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Clearly mentioned that “there is no such thing as a correct grip for a mobile” refers to one of the theories that their Apple smartphones are designed to be taken to perfection with one hand, something that is true, it is very comfortable But with the advent of larger screens, including the iPhone 5, thanks to the screen format lends itself well to hold it sideways, either to watch videos, play games or simply write mode (I know people who preferred), in these cases, the fact that relocate the navigation buttons is useful.

Moreover, Matthias mentions that another reason why they keep their devices in a standard Nexus, remembering that these are Android in its purest form, is because the unifying design brings advantages such as easy leap from a tablet to a smartphone Android or vice versa, and the notification bar and settings menu where the user will always be expected to be.

I should mention that although the executive and designer has a very strong point in saying that a unified interface helps the user experience on different devices with the same platform, this is the same idea that is based on the interface of Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8, however, here clearly each device type has its own “style”, without losing the essence that makes the jump from one terminal to another. Google’s idea is excellent, but still has a long way to grow as a smartphone but looks great in the tablets should have a distinctive touch. In Nexus 10 is a little of this, but the interface in Nexus 7 it does look like a “mobile screed.”

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