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iPhone interface very ‘burdensome’, says Google’s Design VP

  • Apple’s user
    interface in its iOS mobile operating system is “very heavy and burdensome”,
    feels Google’s Vice-President of Design, Matias Duarte.
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  • In an interview with Wired, 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

    • Apple’s user
      interface in its iOS mobile operating system is “very heavy and burdensome”,
      feels Google’s Vice-President of Design, Matias Duarte.
    •  
    • In an interview with Wired, 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.”
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    • He also credited
      Apple’s move as a combine of ideas that put all the features the industry
      leaders wanted in the right package.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • Talking about the
      design languages used in smartphones and tablets, he said it’s very easy for
      things to settle on standards that are sub-optimal, and it’s not a world where
      the best package wins.
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    • “I see what
      we’re doing now in this digital interactive space as a kind of industrial
      revolution. But there’s a real risk, there’s a real risk of stagnation,” the
      man behind Google’s Material Design language, told
      Wired.

     

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