Android App Developers, good lord...

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by MBX, Nov 14, 2013.

  1. MBX macrumors 65816

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    First of all, let's say 80% of Android apps are ugly. So many have outdated UI's. There are only handfull apps on Android that are nicely designed, which are mostly the big popular ones (Google, Twitter, etc).

    Can't the Android developers give some more attention to pretty UI design and nice icons? Some icons look like some kid pasted some crappy compressed graphic into a small space. So many of icons at very low blurry resolution too.

    Google really needs to do some better standards like Apple has.
     
  2. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    The issue is that Android development sucks beyond all belief. Eclipse is a poor IDE and the resource management within it is terrible. In a given project, you have 5 different folders for different asset sizes (low res, hi res, x-high, xx-high, and nondescript). Things are just messy, and it's reflected in the quality of apps.
     
  3. Lloydbm41, Nov 14, 2013
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    Lloydbm41 macrumors 68040

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    Not saying you are wrong. I pulled the icons of KitKat out of the code and while most of them are the correct size of 144x144, some of them were 92x92 and some were 196x196. I don't know who approved these to go out, but they should be fired.

    While iOS like to have square shaped icons for everything, it isn't necessary and I even like how Google uses different shapes (i.e the phone icon, the play store icon, etc), but they should all be the same size. (Your comment about blurry icons is do to 'old' and no longer updated apps that were built for lower resolution screens (you will find similar issues on iOS by the way.)

    But your comment about a kid pasting a crappy graphic into a small space really isn't needed. I mean, you have actually looked at icons in iOS7 haven't you? Not exactly what I would call appealing. I don't know what the hell Apple was thinking??
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    Android development has sucked. I think that is why Google is pushing developers and giving incentives to create nicer looking apps (Timely is a very nice application in terms of UI and more image space for tablet apps). They have also added in screen recording for developers to make better quality movies to show their apps within the Play Store.

    Your criticism is not unique and Google has taken it to heart in 2013. Developers have a new tool to create their apps (which allows for simultaneous previews of how their app looks at different resolutions and screen sizes) and with the upgraded runtime from Dalvik to ART, we should see much smoother graphical interfaces and quicker animations within the whole UI.

    In a years time, you may have a different look on Android as an OS? ;)
     
  4. mib1800 macrumors 68020

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    I think both platforms have nice and ugly apps. It depends on the developer.

    Personally to me most of the iPhone apps are ugly. It is more to do with the platform limitations of iOS. I just hate how much the wasted screen space on iphone with the top and bottom navigation/command button bars taking up to 30-40% of screen area leaving much less usable screen area than Android version. And it is just plain ugly to see all these nav/command buttons scattered all over the UI. Furthermore, these nav/command bars always have the same monotonous system color scheme which doesnt blend well with the rest of the app UI.
     
  5. Technarchy macrumors 604

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    Those aren't iOS7 icons...
     
  6. fredaroony macrumors 6502a

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    First of all, let's say you are clearly a troll.
     
  7. Lloydbm41 macrumors 68040

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    Thanks. I fixed it. I copied the wrong link.
     
  8. InuNacho macrumors 65816

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    If you want pretty looking working apps get, an iPhone. I rarely buy apps just because most stuff isn't optimized or just doesn't look good.
     
  9. Stuntman06 macrumors 6502a

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    What I hate most about poorly developed Android apps are those that look and behave like an iOS app. The back button doesn't work and then they put their own back button on the top left corner of the screen. :mad:

    Another issue I have are apps that don't have a landscape orientation. I can understand that for something like a game, it should not flip orientations. However, I find it annoying that my banking app does not have landscape. It makes it completely useless on my tablet as I always have it docked to my keyboard in landscape.
     
  10. Cod3rror, Nov 15, 2013
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  11. MBX thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I'm not a troll. Just think Google needs to give developers more guidelines and Google should also stop allowing crappy duplicates on the store.

    Just yesterday I saw about 20 (no joke!) music players with same damn UI in the store and just a slightly different app icon, WTF.

    Feels like so much bloatware allowed. That said, I wouldn't want it to be as strict as Apple though.
     
  12. walie macrumors 6502a

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  13. fredaroony macrumors 6502a

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    Yes of course you are...
     
  14. LIVEFRMNYC, Nov 15, 2013
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    LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 603

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    Poor example. It's basically identical on iOS. http://www.appannie.com/apps/ios/app/mma-spread/

    You just searched for the first ugly app you can find in the Playstore, not realizing it's the same on iOS.

    This thread is like a "Troll 101" session.

    EDIT: Looking twice. Your Playstore link actually shows iOS screenshots. LOL I guess you think iOS apps are ugly.
     
  15. ChazUK macrumors 603

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    I'd avoid all the uglier apps.

    My pet the hate is iOS ports that don't fit in with the Android Guidelines at all.

    I've posted these before but I do think a well designed Android app is a pleasure to use.

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    We need more of ths IMO.
    Luckiky for me, all of my staple apps I use are professionally made and fit in well with the platform.
     
  16. mib1800 macrumors 68020

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    Good one. Why are the iPhone trolls so incompetent? :lol:
     
  17. ChazUK macrumors 603

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    Oh dear they are! :D
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    Oops... :p
     

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