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ravenvii
Sep 18, 2013, 09:37 PM
I have a Nexus 7 with Android 4.3. Until now that has the only Android UI I know of (status bar on top, back/home/multitasking buttons on bottom, and so forth).

Today I used an Asus Transformer running Android 4.0 (ICS). It has the older tablet UI that I didn't see before -- only one bar on the bottom.

And I actually kind of like it.

Any 'historians' here who know why Google abandoned this UI for tablets?



jman240
Sep 19, 2013, 09:53 AM
I have a Nexus 7 with Android 4.3. Until now that has the only Android UI I know of (status bar on top, back/home/multitasking buttons on bottom, and so forth).

Today I used an Asus Transformer running Android 4.0 (ICS). It has the older tablet UI that I didn't see before -- only one bar on the bottom.

And I actually kind of like it.

Any 'historians' here who know why Google abandoned this UI for tablets?

Download a 3rd party launcher and switch your nexus 7 to the classic tablet ui. Its possible. I think apex works better on the nexus 7 than nova did for me afaik. I gave my nexus to my younger brother when I got my GS4 since the screen size was so close.

http://nexus7.wonderhowto.com/how-to/ditch-phone-mode-get-full-tablet-ui-your-nexus-7-without-rooting-0148415/

ravenvii
Sep 19, 2013, 10:29 AM
Download a 3rd party launcher and switch your nexus 7 to the classic tablet ui. Its possible. I think apex works better on the nexus 7 than nova did for me afaik. I gave my nexus to my younger brother when I got my GS4 since the screen size was so close.

http://nexus7.wonderhowto.com/how-to/ditch-phone-mode-get-full-tablet-ui-your-nexus-7-without-rooting-0148415/

That's the modern (Jelly Bean) tablet UI.

I'm talking about the one in Ice Cream Sandwich and Honeycomb.

Screenshot:
http://smartphoneblogging.com/wp-content/gallery/amazon-kindle-fire/kindle_fire_android_4_0_3_ics_homescreen_2.png

viskon
Sep 19, 2013, 11:01 AM
That's the modern (Jelly Bean) tablet UI.

I'm talking about the one in Ice Cream Sandwich and Honeycomb.

Screenshot:
http://smartphoneblogging.com/wp-content/gallery/amazon-kindle-fire/kindle_fire_android_4_0_3_ics_homescreen_2.png

I liked the old UI too. It was perfect for a tablet layout. Never understood why they changed to a phone layout on a tablet. I think the change was from 4.2.Previous versions had the tablet layout.

sixteen12
Sep 19, 2013, 12:24 PM
I liked the old UI too. It was perfect for a tablet layout. Never understood why they changed to a phone layout on a tablet. I think the change was from 4.2.Previous versions had the tablet layout.

I loved the layout with Honeycomb and ICS. I hate the JB layout for anything larger than the Nexus 7 in portrait