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Leaked Android 4.4 KitKat images show a flattened 2D design

By Shawn Knight ยท 29 replies
Sep 23, 2013
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  1. Jad Chaar

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

    I love how the skeuomorphism is gone from iOS. I hated it (I am one of those guys lol). iOS 7 is just a simpler and cleaner version.
  2. And that's why I prefer 3D or skeuomorphism over the dreary 2D design.
  3. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,887   +627

    TheBigFatClown is mad because 'minimalistic 2D design' is going against everything user interface design standards teach. He just can't be bothered citing specific examples, is my guess.

    No, it's not because it's 2013 and it's time to move on. It's been a push by Apple so they have something drastically different to show for their new model, as the old iOS was literally 5 years old and unchanged. Apple still demands a strong audience, so unfortunately the other players in the market have to slightly adjust towards their direction.
  4. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Evangelist Posts: 746   +275

    So in other words, change for changes sake. Just like Windows 8. I guess it's the only way people who write software can keep selling it year after year even when the previous version was good enough. The human nature of people is so funny sometimes. Well, I guess in 10 years, 32-bit color and 3d interfaces will make a comeback. Microsoft will be selling Windows 21 touting a fresh new 32-bit color 3d interface and people will purchase it in droves, saying "Man Windows 21 is so new and fresh. I really like it." :)
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  5. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,887   +627

    Yes. Apple had to change. No way would a new device and new point release go smoothly with the same UI graphics. Since Apple changed, there will have to be changes made by other people, otherwise the shouts of "L0l look at dat old outdated stuff" will flatten it.

    Fortunately, Androids have more avenues of advancement available to them, so there isn't as much of a focus on the UI. In any case, we still have custom ROMs and skins to tide us over.

    As to the second half of your comment.. yep, eventually we will go back to 3D UI and be told that it is the latest new thing. A prime example: Samsung edge-lit TV's. They are a HUGE step back in terms of picture quality, but hey, it's got a nice sleek minimal look.

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