In its ten years of history, Android has gone through great changes in every way . During-Nueva if we count-, one of the aspects that has evolved the most has been its home screen, and the way in which users interact with it. According to the Google design team in charge of the Android user interface, the goal with each new edition of the system has been to simplify the experience, and get anyone to use the system despite not being familiar with it.
But who better thanleader of the design team of the user interface on Android and the Pixels, to detail us how the way we interact with the operating system has changed during the nine major editions Android already accumulates behind his back.
It all started in 2008, when Android, for the first time, made the leap to hardware for real . The HTC Dream or T-Mobile G-1 was the first phone in reaching stores with Android inside , and its startup interface was very, very different from what we can see today in our phones.
To begin with, not everything was designed to be used through the screen. The device incorporated physical buttons of all kinds, and even a trackball to control the interface. Nevertheless, already glimpsed some of the aspects that in just a few years would become essential , such as the notifications panel slidable from the top, the home screen can be modified through widgets, or an application box accessible from a tab at the bottom.
the first big Android design change came from the hand of the ice cream sandwich, being the first terminal to adopt the new lines the second and last Nexus phone signed by the South Korean Samsung. ** In 2011, Android 4.0 gave way to an interface that no longer required physical buttons **, thanks to the inclusion of a virtual navigation bar.
In addition, from the Google design table led then by Matías Duarte, born Holo , a new style much more coherent, that gave way to blue, gray and black tones, as well as today’s important components such as cards, which were initially used in the menu of recent apps, for the first time compatible with gestures to discard applications .
A couple of years later, the design language Holo I was beginning to say goodbye to make way for one of the biggest changes in the history of Android. However, there was still one step to take, which took us directly to Android 4.4 KitKat, where, according to the design team, their effort was focused on desazular the interface and make way for white tones and transparencies .
Definitely, everything began to be brighter and clearer , giving the system interface a more modern appearance.
It was in 2014, however, when the most important design change in the history of Android became official, thanks to the design lines known as Material Design . The home screen went on to adopt geometric shapes in all its components, and the leftovers and textures flooded the user interface.
The most striking was, without a doubt, that for the first time the applications had a consistent appearance with the rest of the system interface , thanks to the fact that the developers had access to the fundamentals of Material Design, which could be incorporated into their applications
Maintaining the same objective of simplifying the experience for users,arrived in 2017 with a series of changes of great importance for the future of the operating system. The gestures were more relevant than ever , for example, when deploying the application drawer; the Google Quick Search bar, for the first time, was placed at the bottom of the screen for easier access in large screen terminals, and All icons were rounded to offer a more unified experience visually.
And so, which promises to completely change – better, of course – the way in which we interact with our devices, adopting awith which to say goodbye once and for all to the button bar which debuted with Android 4.0.
But despite the inclusion of this system, Two essential components, such as the “home” and “back” buttons, remain in place to facilitate the transition for users. The “overview” menu with all the recent applications also adopts a horizontal carousel format, and it is even possible to interact with the content of each thumbnail, either to copy text or share images.
Android P, in addition,that promise to simplify even more the use, as smart shortcuts -App Actions- of the applications box, or the suggested applications that appear at the bottom of the “overview” menu.
The latest version of the operating system, announced in more detail during the past, It aims to mark a turning point as in his day did Lollipop with Material Design. The only thing that is clear, at the moment, is that in these ten years of Android we have been participants in the enormous evolution suffered by the operating system of Google, and Android P only makes us have even more desire to see what the future holds for us. the platform.