Android mimicking iOS 7 icons and Parallax


ct2k7

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Are you conveniently forgetting that a lot of these things have been available on Android - e.g parallax.
 

lokey

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The real question, how do I disable the parallax 'feature'? It's actually kind of annoying and useless. Talk about skeuomorphism. Sheesh.
 

Ashin

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How are Android mimicking it when it was released before iOS7?
 
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Oddly, and I know you didn't mean it this way but, this just highlights the strength of Android.

The parallax has been around since last year.

Apple made it look like they had a significant new invention on their hands with the way they presented it.

Someone released an icon pack to look like iOS 7 style icons.

Which shows just how easy it is to use whatever icons you want for anything.

All this does is show how much faster, and freer, Android is.
 

JetBlack7

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1st: I don't remember seeing these icons on Android.

2nd: If anyone could provide me with a link to an article stating Parallax on Android, please do so.

IMO Apple made the IOS presentation to make it look they reinvented IOS all over again. They didn't say they reinvented every single thing regarding OSes in general.
 

JetBlack7

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Oddly, and I know you didn't mean it this way but, this just highlights the strength of Android.

The parallax has been around since last year.

Apple made it look like they had a significant new invention on their hands with the way they presented it.

Someone released an icon pack to look like iOS 7 style icons.

Which shows just how easy it is to use whatever icons you want for anything.

All this does is show how much faster, and freer, Android is.
Agreed. Although I don't know why would anyone want IOS icons on Android and vice versa. It's just...ridiculous. Just my 2 cents
 

virginblue4

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Oddly, and I know you didn't mean it this way but, this just highlights the strength of Android.

The parallax has been around since last year.

Apple made it look like they had a significant new invention on their hands with the way they presented it.

Someone released an icon pack to look like iOS 7 style icons.

Which shows just how easy it is to use whatever icons you want for anything.

All this does is show how much faster, and freer, Android is.
Or, you could reverse that argument and it highlights the strengths of Apple.

Parallax may have been available on Android in the Play Store before, but it was something that many people hadn't used or even heard of. Now Apple have implemented it, it's popularity has suddenly taken off.

You could also say that the icons Apple have designed are so nice, Android users want them on their phones.

So all this does is show how much more polished and well designed iOS is.

I'm not disputing your point, just highlighting that it can be argued in the opposite direction. One thing I will argue against though is you said Android is faster?

I assume you meant in being able to make custom themes etc? Well that's not true because that's not part of iOS so Android isn't any faster.

And if you do literally mean by speed, then well...... I'm not even going to go there.
 

F123D

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Android != Android users, in addition to all the other things that makes your statement silly.
Exactly. A random person making some icons doesn't represent Android.

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Agreed. Although I don't know why would anyone want IOS icons on Android and vice versa. It's just...ridiculous. Just my 2 cents
There are plenty of girls who would want this icon set.
 

LIVEFRMNYC

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I never knew Parallax existed until iOS7 was announced. It's hard to keep track of the endless things you can do on Android. :p
 

Technarchy

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I believe there is an iOS tweak called "deep end" that will give a parallax effect.

Personally I want an ultra high res space wallpaper which would provide a near spherical 360 degree experience.
 

Assault

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1st: I don't remember seeing these icons on Android.

2nd: If anyone could provide me with a link to an article stating Parallax on Android, please do so.

IMO Apple made the IOS presentation to make it look they reinvented IOS all over again. They didn't say they reinvented every single thing regarding OSes in general.
This is nothing more than a Photosphere and Google Maps "street view" implementation. I had predicted Apple would steal Photosphere for iOS7, but I guess that was too difficult, so they just stole part of photosphere.

But for code using parallax, it has been in Android for at least 2 years. This is how easy it was to code parallax using Cocos2d for an image. 'Not exactly groundbreaking stuff:

CGSize winSize = CCDirector.sharedDirector().displaySize();
_bg = CCSprite.sprite("yourbg.png"); // needs to be square, i.e. 800x800
_bg.setTextureRect(0, 0, winSize.width, winSize.height, false);
_bg.getTexture().setTexParameters(GL10.GL_LINEAR, GL10.GL_LINEAR, GL10.GL_REPEAT,
GL10.GL_REPEAT);
_bg.setAnchorPoint(CGPoint.zero());
this.addChild(_bg);

and then you update the image for movement or float dt,
if (_bgOffset > 2000000000)
_bgOffset = 0; //
_bgOffset += dt * PIXELS_PER_SECOND; //
_bg.setTextureRect(0, _bgOffset, _bg.getTextureRect().size.width,
_bg.getTextureRect().size.height, false);

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I believe there is an iOS tweak called "deep end" that will give a parallax effect.

Personally I want an ultra high res space wallpaper which would provide a near spherical 360 degree experience.
Yeah that already exists. It is called Google's Photosphere
 

lokey

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That's not skeumorphism
Fine. By definition you are correct, but whats the word for the unnecessary use of motion on a virtual object that isn't real. The parallax effect is bad, but the "hanging" Safari tabs are the worst!