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Leaked Android 4.4 KitKat images show a flattened 2D design

By Shawn Knight · 29 replies
Sep 23, 2013
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  1. With iOS 7, many people said Apple’s mobile operating system became a bit more like Android with live wallpaper, control center and the like. It’s a bit fitting then that the latest purported images of Android 4.4 KitKat seem to...

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  2. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,493   +1,295

    I really hope nobody was surprised by this...
  3. OneSpeed

    OneSpeed TS Evangelist Posts: 312   +125

    Nope, not surprised when Apple copied Androids live wallpaper and control centre. What else is new??
    psycros likes this.
  4. roxxas2

    roxxas2 TS Enthusiast Posts: 64   +22

    FLATTENED 2D DESIGN?! Oh you mean like METRO?! Maaan, it's everyone is taking Microsoft's work.
    H3llion likes this.
  5. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 797   +327

    Lawsuit in 3, 2, 1...
  6. Reiz3rx

    Reiz3rx TS Rookie

    According to Androidpolice these images are Fake..
  7. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,194   +209

  8. OneSpeed

    OneSpeed TS Evangelist Posts: 312   +125

  9. NeurotechHD

    NeurotechHD TS Rookie Posts: 61   +19

    I really hope this new flat fad goes away soon.
    St1ckM4n and psycros like this.
  10. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 3,160   +1,413

    Or HTC's Sense 5.0 or iOS 7. Although I'm pretty sure Windows 95 was the first to use flat icons.
  11. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Evangelist Posts: 744   +274

    Blue on a white background for the phone? That looks like crap. Hell, I guess I'll just start going to some garage sales and looking for really old phones that had LCD displays with two colors. Gray and light gray. I guess 32-bit color is so yesterdays cellphone. 2-bit and 4-bit color phones are where it's at now days baby, yeah!

    Excuse me while I look for a long rope to hang myself with. The world has gone mad!
    psycros likes this.
  12. @ MilwaukeeMike : No, I think it would have been Apple's Mac OS (1984) which Microsoft copied and released Windows 1.0 a year later.
  13. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,707   +2,503

    God we can hope.
  14. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,482   +978

    I actually like it.
  15. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    Glad to see cryogenmod making headlines even if its being labled kitkat
  16. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Evangelist Posts: 744   +274

    If you don't get help at Charter, Please, get help somewhere!
  17. dennis777

    dennis777 TS Enthusiast Posts: 285   +33

    Designs are not a problem in android, they are great launchers in the market. You can even make your phone looks like a windows phone. Great customization is one of the few merits of android in my opinion.
  18. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,959   +1,229

    That's the nice thing about android...at least you don't have to live with the stock launcher. My Gnote came with touch Whiz....never used it. Have used Go Launcher EX pretty much since day one. Next launcher isn't bad, but for me Go EX is what I use daily.
  19. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,482   +978

    Ok, what is wrong with the flat look? In my opinion is is really clean looking vs 3D. You dont have to offend people to get your point across.
  20. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,806   +407

    Agreed. There is a big desire for minimalist, and sometimes 2D interfaces. As far as the colors go, the guy making the comment about going to garage sales and finding old phones.... The basic phone functions might be this way, but when you watch videos and surt the web, you'll be thankful you have that beautiful display, even though you are a fan of the minimalist 2D environment.

    Personally, I am not a fan of the 2D environment, usually... but I do enjoy minimalist designs in basic phone features, feel and general environment.
    Jad Chaar likes this.
  21. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,842   +193

    2D less impact on the system than 3D would me more. I just wish they would fix the bugs then just release newer versions of the OS.
  22. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Evangelist Posts: 744   +274

    I find your comments somewhat, how do I say this without offending....absurd maybe? There is a big desire for minimalist cellphones? That's the most ironic statement I have ever heard. If you want a minimalist cellphone go dig up the one you bought 10 years ago. Your dreams will have come true. Were in the era of smartphones now. Where people expect them to do everything under the sun including making phone calls. And you say there is a big desire for minimalist? Just like there is the land of TVs right. "Oh no, I don't want a HD television. 2 million pixels on the screen each scene is just so yesterday. Who wants all that detail? Damn crazies. Give me 640x480 and I'll be happy".

    How much money is Microsoft paying you people to troll these forums? To try and convince people that the cellphones they were selling 10 years ago are what everybody wants again today?

    They make these cool new chips called quad-core CPUs? So, I think it's safe at this point to use more than 3 colors on the current generation of cellphones.
  23. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,887   +627

    2D means UI elements are hard to distinguish. Is it a control, or is it an output? 3D helps to differentiate.
  24. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,482   +978

    What is your problem? Some people like me like the minimalist look.
  25. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Evangelist Posts: 744   +274

    Please explain what you mean when you say you like the minimalist look. What does that mean..does the concept of minimalist look carry over to everything in your life...including your operating system? I don't judge people for having preferences. I am more mad at Microsoft than anybody. For thinking everybody is the same. They have decided that nobody is unique anymore. If you don't like complicated things that's okay with me. But the less complicated something is, in general, the less customizable it will be, the less decisions will be available to you, because the decisions have already been made for you by some programmer at might Microsoft who didn't want you to have to make tough decision in life, like choosing a background image for your phone. If the white/blue color scheme for the dial pad on KitKat is not customizable I will not be happy. The color scheme on a cellphone should be left up to me. Maybe I don't like blue on white.

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