You know that social network? No, not Facebook the other one. Not twitter the other one. Google Plus? Yes thats the one. Well I am not the biggest fan of Google Plus but a really interested debate has been raging on for a few days now and I think its a really good one and would like to get my two cents in.
The debate is all about the evolution of the two most populous mobile operating systems, Android and IOS. You can see from the image above, IOS has seen minimal changes over 5 years some would argue that it has not changed at all. While on the other hand Android has changed considerably over the same time.
My personal thoughts are that Apple nailed the design of IOS and the iPhone from the outset then slowly fine tuned their initial design. This is a stark contrast to Android which has had numerous iterations to the OS and the devices it runs on all the while trying to catch up to Apple. Bearing in mind these are images of stock Android running on Google’s flagship devices and not the multitude of other OEMs including Samsung, LG, Sony and HTC to name a few (cough fragmentation anyone), iteration has been the name of the game for Android.
However on the other hand is this a sign showing a lack of innovation from Apple and should we therefore expect a massive overhaul of both the iPhone and IOS very soon (hopefully this year). While Android has been continuously evolving and pushing the boundaries of what technology has to offer. Well I do not believe my views are wholly correct and that is one of the reasons why this debate is so great and intense.
Included below is the post from Derek Ross. Also you can join the debate on Google Plus here.
“+Tony Simons recently shared a post showing the “evolution” of the iOS user interface over the past 5 years. As you can see, not a whole lot as changed in terms of the user experience.
Let’s take a look at Android. Here we have four Android phones running pure Android or devices running the “pure Google experience”. That means they aren’t running any carrier UI’s or skins. We have the HTC Dream / G1, HTC Nexus One, Samsung Nexus S, and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. All devices were roughly released one year after another. As you can clearly see from 2008 to 2011 the user interface and user experience has evolved and the hardware design has undergone drastic changes as well.
Maybe iOS got it right the first time and Android was playing catch up for a few years? This clearly is no longer the case.
Watch these videos and you decide.”