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Amidst recognition, Google’s Duarte thinks Android user experience still has long way to go

A couple years ago Google brought webOS designer Matias Duarte on board to direct the Android User Experience. Since then, he has been responsible for many of the design decisions found in the award-winning Android user interface. His hard work is again being recognized, this time by Fast Company who named him as one of the top fifty designers shaping the future.

Despite the accolades, Duarte indicates he is far from where he wants to be with Android. In comments on his Google+ page, he indicates that he is “only about a third of the way to where I want to be with regards to consistency, responsiveness, and polish.” This sentiment is consistent with remarks he made at Mobile World Congress this past February.

What would you like to see Duarte and his team take on while they work on the remaining two thirds?

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Matias Duarte Talks Ice Cream Sandwich, Android Skins And Fragmentation

The man behind Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich, Matias Duarte recently took place in a Google+ Hangout hosted by The Daily Beast. During the conversation Mr. Duarte focused on Ice Cream Sandwich and the future of the mobile operating system. The latest version of Android is incredibly polished and when compared to previous versions it [...]

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Android 4.0: A New Android from a New Google [Opinion]

This week Google announced the latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich. With the announcement came a number of revelations about the philosophy being pursued by Android’s lead designer, Matias Duarte. Joshua Topolsky’s exclusive interview with Duarte was extremely helpful in understanding the ideology that influenced the massive changes made in Android 4.0. The first [...]

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Interview With Android UX Lead Matias Duarte: "Google Is Taking Design A Lot More Seriously"

1a396244-d4d3-4752-a304-3632cd3dd4d4Let’s get the preliminary question off the plate first: who is Matias Duarte? Well for one thing, he oversaw the designing of a few small projects such as webOS, Sidekick OS, and Helio (the little carrier that could… be bought out). And, oh yeah, he also played a large part in Honeycomb’s development.

Yesterday he sat down with Joshua Topolsky of This is my Next (soon to be The Verge) to discuss the "philosophy" of Android and, more specifically, Ice Cream Sandwich. It certainly provides some interesting insight into the man behind ICS’ fancy new UI, and while we highly…

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Nexus S Getting Ice Cream Sandwich, OS “Theoretically” Should Work on Any Android 2.3-Capable Device

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Matias Duarte has confirmed that the Nexus S will be getting Ice Cream Sandwich. He didn’t say which one – different carriers have different rollout processes – but we can’t imagine most regions and carriers won’t get it. He also said that any Android 2.3 device should theoretically be able to run Ice Cream Sandwich, but don’t take that as confirmation that an update for your phone is coming unless you’re on a Nexus S or soon to be Galaxy Nexus – even the Nexus One is up in the air at this point.


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Chamillionaire Arrives At Tech Crunch Disrupt, Nexus S In Tow, And Loves It

Tech Investor/Hip Hop Artist Chamillionaire at TechCrunch Disrupt SF (Photo: TDG LLC)

Back in July when tech investor/hip hop artist Chamillionaire attended the TechCrunch Mobile First event he asked some pressing questions of Android lead designer Matias Duarte.  Chamillionaire had expressed frustration over the Android phones that he has already used.  He struck a nerve in the Android community who thought he was just another rapper dissing Android.

We found out in an interview with Chamillionaire and Thedroidguy that lasted over an hour, that Chamillionaire’s main frustration was that he was told Android devices would do things they wouldn’t do. He was also frustrated with the way store level employees would respond to his questions, the same responses a lot of ordinary Joe customers get.  For instance, he had problems with his Epic 4G, he was told by a store employee he had too many apps on his phone. Like many, Chamillionaire thought that was the idea.

Chamillionaire is an early adopter and rather tech savvy investing in companies such as Disqus that handle the comments here on TDG. He also explained that he was very patient when it came to technology that’s why he decided to give Android not a second, third or even fourth try, he is actually on his fifth try now with a Nexus S 4G.

TDG is on the ground at TechCrunch Disrupt where Chamillionaire told our Silicon Valley Editor, Tony that he loves his Nexus S.  According to Chamillionaire’s blog he’s also tried a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and reportedly loves that as well.

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Danger co-founders reunite with Andy Rubin at Google to focus on Android hardware

In the year 2000, former Apple, WebTV and Philips employees Andy Rubin, Joe Britt, and Matt Hershenson founded a little company called Danger Incorporated, which you may know from such hits as the original Sidekick and a $500 million sale to Microsoft. One of those three co-founders, Andy Rubin, has since become a very public face at Google, and it turns out he’s recently gotten back together with his former compatriots to do more than just reminisce about the old days. As Fortune reports, both Britt and Hershenson quietly joined Google “within the last twelve months” to run a new Android Hardware wing of the company. So far, much of their work has apparently focused on accessories and, while there’s reportedly no plans for any actual Google-branded accessories anytime soon, Britt reportedly said that he would like to see the company produce some Android peripherals of its own “in the long term.” Of course, Danger also produced its own software back in the day and, as you’re probably aware, the key architect of it, Matias Duarte, is now at Google as well.

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Danger co-founders reunite with Andy Rubin at Google to focus on Android hardware originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 11 May 2011 20:34:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Android design team talk about Honeycomb, good app design guidelines

Matias Duarte talks Honeycomb UI

Matias Duarte and the rest of the Android UI designers got together to spend an hour or so to talk about how they went about changing elements for Honeycomb‘s "Holo" UI, and how developers should go about designing apps to keep things looking fresh and like they all belong together.  It’s the little things that make a big difference, like setting up your action bar elements in a sane order, and sticking things that look out of place in the secondary menu.  Things are getting pretty geeky, with code snippets being tossed around, but for you and I, this all means apps that look as good as they run.  This is why they gave all the developers a nice tablet, and are taking the time to give direction — the folks at Google want nice looking apps as much as we do.

There was a lot of talk about the action bar, and how to use it effectively.  Everything from how and where the icons should go, and a whole new api to go along with it.  Finally, using the Google I/O app as an example (which has been open sourced just for this occasion), the crew showed us all how to translate tabs, the action bar and fragments so that an app only has to be written once to look (and work) well on both tablets and phones. I can’t wait to see what Android developers come up with after this one.


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Google IO post-keynote press briefing

Google IO press briefing 

Out of the fat an into the fryer. We’re fresh from the Google IO Day 1 keynote — maybe you caught our liveblog — and we’re in the press briefing room for, well a press briefing. We’re already spotting some names and faces — Matias Duarte is sitting next to yours truly.

No liveblog for this one, but we’ll update with any happenings after the break.


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Sidekick 4G review

It’s been nearly two years since we last reviewed a T-Mobile Sidekick, and it would be a vast understatement to say things have changed. Then, they were designed by Danger and manufactured by Sharp, and were the messaging phone of choice. Today, following fiasco and failure, the Sidekick empire is in ruins. But good ideas and their originators live on, and several of Danger’s brightest wound up in Mountain View, California. Danger’s Andy Rubin founded Android, design director Mattias Duarte built Honeycomb (after helping craft the Helio Ocean and webOS for Palm) and now, the Sidekick itself has joined its founders in the house that Google built. In many ways, the Sidekick 4G is a return to form, but in an ecosystem filled with similar Android devices, can it stand out from the crowd?

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Sidekick 4G review originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 29 Apr 2011 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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